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Application for the 2017-19 course is now closed. The course will start from September 2017.

Region: London

Application for the 2017-19 course is now CLOSED.  For more information, please visit the following website.

Programme Content: There has been a training course for people wishing to become professional tourist guides in London for over 50 years.

The London Training programme prepares student guides for the Institute of Tourist Guiding examinations.

Students study and are assessed on the following: Background knowledge of the UK, in depth London knowledge, and regional knowledge which covers sites frequently visited from London in a day.  Practical training and assessment take place in the National Gallery, the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, a City of London walk and a panoramic coach tour.  Students are also required to write a 3000-word Tour Planning Project.  Both the Project and the Background Knowledge paper are transferable qualifications, recognised in all the Institute of Tourist Guiding Level 4 regions.

On passing these written and practical examinations, the guide is awarded a Blue Badge, which is the industry's recognised symbol of professionalism in tourist guiding.

For further information on course structure and content, and to download or request an application form, please visit the website listed below.



London Blue Badge Past Exam Papers can be found under resources on our Past Papers page.