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 info@nitga.co.uk

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 info@nitga.co.uk

Membership Benefits

  • Full Public Liability Insurance: this covers guides working in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, UK, Europe, and internationally.
  • Publicity: All guides are promoted via our website and social media. We also have periodical publicity campaigns that features particular guides and tours.
  • Guide Employment: We are contacted directly by Tour Operators on a daily and weekly basis looking for guides. We have a fair and equal system for distributing work amongst our members, and lots of our members have developed long and successful relationships with clients through work distributed via our association.
  • Trade Shows:
  • Ongoing professional development: We have a provisional development programme that ensures all guides are continually updating their knowledge and skills. Those successfully participating in the programme receive an online badge of achievement against their website entry.
  • Members Newsletter: Our periodical newsletterkeeps members up to date with industry developments, CPD events and trips, talks and lectures and other social events run by the association.
  • Camaraderie! Last but not least, NITGA is a supportive family for guides – we have close knit relationships and seek to look after each other not just at a professional level, but on a personal level life-long friendships have been made as a result of joining the NITGA family!
Northern Ireland Tourist Guide Association