Do you have a positive attitude, outgoing personality and strong sense of customer service together with a broad interest in all tourist aspects of your region and locality? The Tour Guiding course is designed for people who provide or wish to provide a range of regional and local guiding services to visitors.
It will equip participants with the professional, technical, social and administrative skills to offer a quality guiding service to a range of market profiles and tailored requirements.
Participants will understand the structures and profile of the tourism and hospitality sectors; will provide an accurate, informative and interesting regional or local tour experience; will demonstrate skills in outdoor leadership, guiding and group management; will implement best safety and environmental practice in the tour experience.
A combination of training methods is used to deliver this course. These include presentations, instructions, demonstrations, supervised practice, practical workplace training, discussion groups, role plays, one-to-one discussions, and giving and receiving feedback. Participants are required to actively participate in the learning process and to engage in course work outside of normal course hours. They must complete a number of written and typed exercises and assignments throughout the course and keep up-to-date records of their progress. A number of methods are used to assess the participants’ progress and for certification purposes. These include written and practical assignments, theory exams, practical tests, skills demonstrations, and portfolios.
- QQI Level 5 award, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualification, and/or relevant life and work experience.
- Good communication skills are essential, including verbal and written command of the English language. Must have good basic computer skills or have completed a Basic Computer Skills Course.
- Applicants must be self-motivated, eager to learn, possess good interpersonal skills and have an outgoing, friendly personality. Must be able to integrate and relate to a variety of individuals and groups and have an interest in the tourism industry and tour guiding. A working knowledge of a second language is desirable.
- Some relevant experience in the tourist industry is desirable.
Participants who successfully complete this course will typically seek positions as tour guides working for a tour guide company or on a freelance basis. Some participants may opt to progress to higher level related education and training programmes.