What can I expect during the course?
You will attend taught sessions every Wednesday evening, plus visits to local attractions and practice walks on Saturday mornings.
Tutors are a team of very experienced current Blue and Green Badge Guides committed to maintaining a positive and supportive atmosphere throughout. Administrative help will be available at all times through our office which will provide timetables, syllabus, notes and coursebook. We are aiming for a class of 21 students who will work collaboratively.
What does my commitment need to be?
The course will take place between October 2024 and April 2025, when examinations take place. Attendance will be for 20 two hour sessions on Wednesday evenings. You would also need to make yourself available for practice sessions on most Saturday mornings. The course will cover all aspects of Canterbury’s landscape and heritage but you do not need any prior knowledge - just a willingness to learn and an interest in the city. There will be a requirement for self-study and a need to prepare for practical and written exams, in addition to coursework, all of which are externally assessed by the Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG).
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How much will it cost?
We have managed to keep the expense to a minimum whilst retaining high quality tutors. Examination fees are set by ITG. Total £1,353, broken down as follows: Registration: £150, Administration and Tuition: £565, Examination Fees: £638*. Payment can be made in two instalments. *Please note examination fees are to be confirmed.
How do I apply?
Please send a covering letter and CV to Jenny at guides@CanterburyGuidedTours.com. Your letter should detail why you are interested in becoming a Canterbury tour guide. You should also indicate in your letter if English is your mother tongue and let us know if you are interested in taking a further qualification to qualify to take tours in a foreign language. You will receive an acknowledgement of your application. Interviews will take place in the week beginning 15th January 2024 and will consist of an informal chat, followed by a more formal interview with a panel of experienced guides. Offers of acceptance on the course will be sent to successful candidates within 28 days of the interview. If you wish to accept the offer, a deposit of £135 will be required.