Blue and Green Badge: NITGA’s members are mostly Blue Badge guides who have qualified between 1992 and 1997. See our history section to find out more about the Blue Badge. The Green Badge is awarded by ITG for guides working in a particular site undertaking walking tours or fixed route bus tours. We currently do not have any Green Badge Members.
ROI National and Regional Badge: Some of our members have also become qualified via the Failte 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 Failite Ireland. Our members with ROI Regional Tourist Guide training have knowledge of Northern Ireland and the Border Counties.
Pre-Accredited Student Category: NITGA also has a pre-accredited ‘Student’ category of membership, for guides who speak languages other than English and have been given provisional training by us. This is part of our strategy to increase the number of non-English speakers we have on our register and acts as a feeder for our training courses. These guides are currently on a waiting list to undertake the next Blue Badge Training in 2018.
If you speak a language and would like to do some provisional training with us in the Autumn of 2017 with view to undertaking Blue Badge Training in 2018, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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, and the rest 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 email@example.com