Tour Guides NI are working in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College who have been delivering Tour Guide training for 15 years and are currently in the process of developing a Level 4 Guiding qualification in conjunction with the University of Ulster and endorsed by Tourism NI.
The OCN NI Level 2 Award is going strong throughout Northern Ireland with groups qualified in Greater Belfast, The Mournes, The Glens and The Sperrins. Many of those qualified were already guiding in some capacity and some have developed their own tours and small businesses.
The next Level 2 course will be advertised by the Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership in the coming week or two so watch out for that. Belfast Met will be running a Level 2 in September 2017, check their website for details. Contact: Judith Boyle, Belfast Metropolitan College firstname.lastname@example.org
The OCN NI Level 3 Certificate has just been approved and will be available for registration by early April 2017. Belfast Met will be running this course in September 2017. Check the website for details. Watch out for Level 3 courses in local areas as Councils and Landscape Partnerships may well run these. Level 3 (City/regional) Colette McCafferty email@example.com )
Level 4 Certificate in Higher education – Tour Guiding
The development of a Government backed and accredited Level 4 Tour Guiding qualification is at a very advanced stage. The anticipated commencement date is January 2018.
CPD – Continued professional development is an integral part of Tour Guides NI membership. We have an ongoing training programme which includes lectures, training days and site visits.
Quality assurance – is something new to Guiding in Northern Ireland. We are currently working with Tourism NI in developing a robust Quality assurance scheme for tour Guides NI. Participants will receive recognition and endorsement.