Guide Training

Blue Badge Guides are trained under the auspices of The Institute of Tourist Guiding, which accredits training courses throughout England. 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 provided, as well as a core curriculum of the history, architecture and social development of the country.

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 contact the Institute of Tourist Guiding for more details or follow the relevant links below. Read the FAQ’s for more general information.

London Training Course

Applications for the 2023-2025 London Blue Badge Tourist Guide training course are now closed. If you would like to be kept updated on future London Blue Badge Tourist Guide training courses please sign up to our mailing list and register your interest HERE. For more information please browse our London Training page.

Regional Training Courses

South East Blue Badge Training Course: Applications are now open for the South East Blue Badge Training Course. This course is run by the  South East England Tourist Guides Association (SEETGA) in association with the British Guild of Tourist Guides. The course is fully accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

The course commences in 2023 (with some modules commencing November 2022). To register your interest or raise any queries that you may have about the course, please contact the SEETGA Secretary here

For the Course Prospectus & an Application Form please click here

The closing date for applications to join the course is 19th September 2022.