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Application and Selection

Candidates should be aware that, due to market forces and the limited number of places available on the course, those who are fluent in a language other than English and those with a background in the tourism industry are more likely to be offered a place on the course first.

Depending on what type of work is being undertaken, tourist guides will charge a range of fees. As an example for 'mainstream' guiding work, in English, in 2014-2015 freelance London Blue Badge guides negotiated fees in the range of £145-£165 per half day and £235 - £265 per full day.

To apply
Applications for 2015-17 are now being accepted. The closing date for applications is Friday 9th January 2015. Download the Prospectus and application

Pre-entry test
All applicants will be asked to sit a pre-entry general knowledge test on Wednesday, 21st January 2015 in the evening at a Central London location. Shortly after the pre-entry test, selected candidates will be informed in writing and asked to attend an interview.

Interview
Interviews will take place in central London during the period of 2nd to 13th February 2015 during the day. Offers of a place on the course will be posted by Friday 20th February 2015.

At interview, candidates will need to demonstrate an outgoing personality, smart appearance, good general knowledge, a genuine interest and concern for people, and the motivation to work as an independent professional. In addition candidates will be asked questions on their organizational skills, flexibility, teamwork and reliability, and will be asked to give a short presentation without notes on a pre-assigned topic.

Acceptance for 2015-2017 course
Successful candidates' acceptance letters (together with 50% of the fee) should be received by the course administrator by Friday 10th April 2015.

Induction Weekend
The induction weekend for 2015-17 students will take place in central London on 9th-10th May 2015.

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