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A Training Programme for Volunteer or Employed Guides of Tourism Companies or Organisations in Scotland.

This accreditation will be of interest to tourism companies or organisations in Scotland, which employ or use the services of their own guides. These guides may be volunteers, seasonal staff or employed.

All our guides are covered by insurance for Public Liability and Professional Indemnity through the Scottish Tourist Guides Association membership.

Yellow Badge Guides are usually employed by a tourism company or organisation.


Benefits of STGA Site Affiliation

  • Membership of the main governing body for professional tourist guides in Scotland, benefiting from its backing and support. STGA promotes the services of professional tourist guides in Scotland protecting their rights, stressing quality in guiding, maintaining high standards and enabling the Continuous Professional Development of existing members.
  • The right to wear the yellow STGA Site Affiliate badge when guiding on the site/route of qualification.
  • Being accredited by the STGA, the standard-setting organisation for tourist guides throughout Scotland, at national, regional and local levels in accordance with the unitary SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework), thus enabling progress in professional development to higher SCQF levels
    • Site Affiliates or Yellow Badge Guides: SCQF level 5
    • Our training programmes follow the guidelines of the BS/EN 15565. The British Standard and European Norm for the training of tourist guides.
  • Being covered by STGA Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance within the site/route of qualification.


Examples of current or previous organisations/companies with STGA site affilates:


Outline of Yellow Badge Accreditation in Three Stages

Stage One: Accreditation of the Tourist Guide Training Programme

  • Obtain the current STGA Criteria for Site Affiliation
  • If you already have a Guide Training Programme, STGA will look at your current training provision for site guides and will identify any gaps towards STGA Accreditation.
  • If you don’t have a Guide Training Programme yet, STGA can advise you on how to develop a Tourist Guide Training Programme, which meets the criteria for Site Affiliation.
  • Submit a proposal for Tourist Guide Training to the STGA Training Manager for accreditation. Accreditation is for two years and involves a fee.
  • The training programme will open with a two day communication seminar called Guiding is Fun.
  • The Yellow Badge training course can run for the duration of 12 – 16 weeks.


Stage Two: Training Delivery

  • Potential guides are trained by STGA training team, who can assist you in developing and delivering your guide training.
  • Your practical training will be delivered by professional STGA Guides and Guide Trainers on site. The knowledge part of the training will be delivered by experts in the respective field/s.


Stage Three: Present Your Guides for the STGA Membership Assessment

  • Once your guides have completed their training STGA Assessors will carry out the practical assessment on site. A fee will be charged.
  • Upon successful completion of the course and assessment your guides will be invited to become STGA site affiliate members, (annual subscription) and can wear the STGA Yellow Badge.


For Further Information, Please Contact Us

Patricia Blain: Training Manager

+44 (0) 7944 470 371