ITG Blue, Green and White Badge: NITGA’s members are mostly Blue Badge guides who have qualified since 1992. See our history section to find out more about the Blue Badge. The Green Badge is for a city or Region – we currently do not have any Green Badge Members. The White Badge is awarded by ITG for guides working at a particular site undertaking walking tours or fixed route bus tours. NITGA is currently running a White Badge course at an Historic Site in Belfast.
ROI National and Regional Badge: Some of our members have also become qualified via the Fáilte Ireland National and Regional Guide Training for Guides which also covers Northern Ireland and the border counties. The National and Regional Tourist Guide training is now delivered independently by regional colleges in the ROI working to the guidelines set by QQI and Fáilte Ireland.
Student Category: NITGA also has a Student category of membership, for guides who speak languages other than English who have been working in the industry for at least three years and have been given training by us. This is to address the shortage of language guides in Northern Ireland.
Language Quality Assurance: All NITGA’s non-native language speakers have been tested to ensure their fluency is of an acceptable standard for guiding. Some have been tested by the Institute of Tourist Guiding, some via NITGA’s own quality assurance programme for languages which uses linguists who are members of the Institute of Linguists.
Qualification Conversion: We also offer guides with other guiding qualifications the opportunity to convert to the Blue or Green Badge accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. If you’d be interested in finding out if your guiding qualification can be converted, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org