Information on the 2022-24 course will be available shortly. In the meantime, the documents below provide information on the course and approximate dates and fees.
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.
Register Your Interest
Use the button below to register your interest in this course. We will be in touch with all registered parties in the autumn of 2021 with further information on the course, and information on how to apply.
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 able to 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 runs from Sept 2022 – Mar 2024, will have registration in August 2022 and the Blue Badge exam in April 2024.
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
- can demonstrate the skills and attributes required of a professional tourist guide
- have the time and resources to commit to an intensive 18-month course
- are prepared to work substantial hours in the main tourist season (April-October)
Please note that adjustments may have to be made in the event of future coronavirus or other restrictions.