National Tour Guiding Award with Business

QQI Special Purpose Award in National Tour Guiding

Tourism is a fast growing industry in Ireland with increasing numbers of overseas visitors to our shores. The demand for qualified tour guides has never been higher. This course is aimed at people who have a genuine interest in their locality, have a positive appreciation of Ireland’s history, culture, tradition and folklore and who are enthusiastic about sharing this with others. On successful completion of this course participants will receive the National Tour Guiding (white) Badge and may be included in the approved Tour Guide Directory that is hosted on the Fáilte Ireland website.

Our course gives you the opportunity to train with a specialised and experienced tour guide teacher and to take part in the Learning with Life Programme with Diegeo.

Principal areas of study

  • Irish National Heritage & Culture
  • Tour Guiding
  • Tour Planning
  • National Tour Management
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Digital Marketing
  • Group Management Techniques
  • Voice Training

(Modules offered may be subject to change).

Features of this course

  • This course combines lectures with on the job work experience and role playing.  Participants will learn about the business of tour guiding as well as gaining hands on experience.
  • Tuition is provided by experienced Tour Guides/Historians with guest speakers from regulatory bodies, tour operators & industry experts.
  • Practical on the job training including field trips.
  • Garda Vetting for work experience.


  • QQI Special Purpose Award in National Tour Guiding 6S20232
  • First Aid Responder Certificate (PHECC)


  • CICH L8 Certificate in Irish Cultural Heritage – NUI Maynooth
  • TU747 L7 Tourism Management – TU Dublin City Campus (mature students only)
  • GA272 L7 Heritage Studies – GMIT Galway Mayo IT (mature students only)
  • Upon successful completion of the course, graduates are eligible to join AIGI (Approved Tour Guide of Ireland), FEG (Federation of European Guides), ITGA (Independent Tour Guide Association)


  • Self employment in Tour Guiding businesses
  • Employment as guides in museums, tour companies & heritage sites.


  • QQI Level 5 or appropriate experience
  • Candidates will be selected by interview
  • You should be at least 21 years of age
  • This course is suitable for mature students

Candidates should demonstrate excellent communication skills, good leadership skills and confidence in dealing with large groups of people.  They should be passionate about their city and its surroundings.