courses and trainers
The WFTGA has delivered specifically designed courses for tourist guides and trainers of tourist guides across the world since 1996. These courses have been arranged at the request of various agencies including the UNWTO, UNESCO, GIZ and Ministries related to tourism as well as our member tourist guides associations.
Short courses on professional tourist guide skills and guiding techniques, communication and presentation seminars, and guide trainer courses are facilitated by our National, International and Lead International Trainers. Through a growing Training Division, the WFTGA can provide short courses in situ at different localities on request.
Training and Support
WFTGA can send trainers to you for in-house courses anywhere in the world. Alternatively, individual guides may apply to attend training courses at WFTGA International Training Centres (ITC).
Skills Training for Tourist Guides
Train the Trainer
Training continuity and evaluations
Support through Training Division
Get an offer for your in-house training
The WFTGA’s specialised Training Division has run successful courses in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brunei, the Caribbean, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Oman, Papua New Guinea, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, St. Eustatius (Dutch Antilles), Serbia, Singapore, Tanzania, Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates.
In-house, in our training centres or online
Hands On Tourist Guide Training (HOT)
Skills training as introduction for new tourist guides and as a refresher for experienced guides, also suited to be integrated into existing tourist guide training programmes.
Train the Trainer (TtT)
For active tourist guides who want to train tourist guides in their own area of tourist guide qualification, includes a guiding skills refresher, pre- requisite to become an International WFTGA Trainer.
International Train the Trainer (ITtT)
Progression for trainers who would like to train tourist guides worldwide.
Site Guide Training
For guides for a specific site, e.g. national park, archaeological site, religious site, geological site, museum, gallery, UNESCO World Heritage Site and others.
Specialist Guiding Courses
During the global pandemic WFTGA piloted blended courses with online learning components. However, the WFTGA training ethos stipulates that a significant part of tourist guide training must be practical and must take place on site through face-to-face, in-person training.
We can help you with your courses
WFTGA accredits tourist guide training courses in accordance and compliance with the European Standard EN 15565:2008 ‘Tourism Services – Requirement for the provision of professional tourist guide training and qualification programmes’. WFTGA has accredited Tourist Guide training courses for Cyprus, Scotland, UK and the Oman Tourism College.
- Tourist Guide Training Programmes: Design, Implementation (National and Regional level as well as site-specific),
- Refresher courses for Tourist Guides: Design, Implementation (National and Regional level).
Armenia and Cyprus
International Training Centers
The WFTGA International Training Centres regularly offer courses, which are open to individual tourist guides from all over the world.
Partner of UNESCO
Silk Road Heritage Training
Encouraged by renewed interest in the Silk Road – for cultural exchange, trade and tourism – the United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) decided to revive the ancient routes as a tourism concept, uniting three continents once more in a project encompassing over 12.000 km.