The STGA is the only accrediting body for qualified professional tourist guides in Scotland and we have over 60 years’ experience in this field. The Blue Badge Training Programme is accredited by the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) and is acknowledged internationally as being of the highest standard.
Read this information in conjunction with the Course Prospectus and the Key Dates and Fees sheet available to download below.
Blue Badge Training Programme
This course covers the whole of Scotland. Those who complete the course satisfactorily and pass the separate STGA Blue Badge Accreditation Examination will be work as Blue Badge guides throughout Scotland.
The course is delivered in partnership with the City of Glasgow College, one of the main advantages of this being that the college lectures are streamed, thereby reducing the need for travel to a central location.
Please note that the course, assessments, and final examination will all be in English. Students must be competent in understanding spoken and written English and have confident and fluent speaking skills.
Applicants who are competent in languages other than English and wish to guide in these languages are also welcomed.
The next Blue Badge Guide Course Sept 2021 – Mar 2023, will have registration in August 2021 and the Blue Badge exam in April 2023. (Cancelled)
Blue Badge guide course numbers are limited to a maximum of 36 who:
- are absolutely committed to a future career as a professional tourist guide in Scotland
- are prepared to work substantial hours in the main tourist season (April-October)
- have the time and resources to commit to an intensive 18-month course
- can demonstrate the skills and attributes required of a professional tourist guide.
Please note that this information was prepared during the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak and may be subject to change.