Tourist Guide Training

Learn more about the culture, history and life within the North Highlands of Scotland, whilst also setting out on a brand new career or choose to share your passion with the team responsible for the training of tourist guides in Orkney for over 10 years, following the principles of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association.

Wherever you are, we can help you showcase these wonderful environments to a new generations of visitors.

CertHE Tourist Guiding

CertHE Tourist Guiding

Learn more about the culture, history and life within the North Highlands of Scotland, whilst also learning a brand new career!

The Institute has been responsible for the training of tourist guides in Orkney for well over 10 years and over 3 years for the North Highlands, following the principles of the nationally and internationally accredited Scottish Tourist Guides Association.

We offer training in the nationally and internationally accredited and recognised Scottish Tourist Guides Association Green Badge course for the North Highlands area. This area covers roughly all of the Scottish Highlands north of the Great Glen.  An indicative map is below.

What is special about this course?

This unique one year SCQF level 7 programme creates fully trained Tourist Guides for the North Highlands area. As well as achieving the nationally recognised STGA Green Badge qualification, you will also be able to study for qualifications in managing and promoting your own businesses as part of a higher education qualification. 

This course would appeal to anyone seeking to work in the tourism industry as well as those already working within it, who wish to upskill and gain recognised qualifications.

Orkney Tourist Guide Training

Orkney Tourist Guide Training

We have been responsible for the training of tourist guides in Orkney for over 10 years, following the principles of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for people with a passion for Orkney.  If you’re only interested in doing this for the money then you’d be applying to the wrong course.  If you don’t have a passion for your subject, you won’t make an effective guide.    Guiding and presentation skills can be learned, but passion cannot!

What does it entail?

Although nothing has been decided yet about the next course, this is what we have offered in the past.

We offer the knowledge part of the training before Christmas, with weekly lectures covering a wide range of information about Orkney.  We cannot go into specifics, there isn’t enough time, and there’s too much information!  We expect students to undertake a large amount of independent research and reading.

After Christmas we will combine lectures with practical training, both on the coach and at our sites.  This is a large time commitment, and we will meet twice, sometimes three times every week for between 2 and 4 hours.  You have to be prepared for this (and be prepared to wear almost your entire wardrobe at once, as sometimes we train in very cold conditions!).

When does it usually start?

We usually start around the middle/end of September, and continue until April/May.

When can I start working?

As soon as you have completed the course, and have paid your membership fee to the Scottish Tourist Guides Association - a national membership organisation, internationally recognised for quality.  Your membership fee includes insurance, which is essential.

Sites in Orkney