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Blue Badge Registered Tourist 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 at least two academic terms and some, e.g. London, may be up to 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.
Originating in London, the Blue Badge was awarded by regional Tourist Boards from 1969, 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 material. This has been so successful that English trainers have trained guides all over the world, and the Blue Badge is recognised internationally. Read the FAQ's for more information.
London Training Course
In London the course lasts for approximately two years.
Applications for 2013-2015 course have now closed. Please check this website in Autumn 2013 for further information.
South East Training Course
The course will run from Spring 2013 for a year, with examinations in Spring 2014. To register your interest, send your details to Programme Director, Jenny Oulton via email:
Regional Training Courses
For more information on training courses outside London, please contact the Institute of Tourist Guiding. Tel: 0207 953 8397, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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