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Introduction

Applications for the 2015-2017 London Training course are now open. Closing date is Friday 9th January 2015. Download the Prospectus and application

PLEASE DO NOT phone or email the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides with training related questions. Training information is provided on these web pages, but if you require more information, please email BBGlondontraining@blue-badge.org.uk

Blue Badge Guides are trained under the auspices of The Institute of Tourist Guiding, often in conjunction with Universities or Colleges of Further Education. Most training courses for guides last for at least two academic terms and some, e.g. London, last for nearly two years.

A wide spectrum of academic, specialist and practical training is covered, as well as a core curriculum of the history, architecture and social development of the country.

Background
Originating in London, the Blue Badge guiding qualification was first awarded by regional Tourist Boards so that every guide would have the same background of national core knowledge combined with in-depth local knowledge. The Blue Badge is now the responsibility of the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

As well as acquiring knowledge, Blue Badge Guides are trained in the selection and presentation of their material. This process has been so successful that English trainers have trained guides all over the world, and the Blue Badge is recognised internationally as a benchmark of excellence. Please read the FAQ's for more information.

London Training Course
In London the programme lasts for approximately two years. Applications for the 2015-17 course are now open.

South East Training Course
This course is now underway with examinations in Spring 2015. To register your interest in any possible future courses, send your details to Programme Director, Jenny Oulton via email: southeasttraining@blue-badge.org.uk

Regional Training Courses
For more information on training courses outside London, please contact the Institute of Tourist Guiding. Tel: 0207 953 8397, E: office@itg.org.uk

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