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Apply to become a qualified City guide

​Become an expert guide. This Level 3 course is aimed at all those who have an interest in guiding in the Square Mile. It offers an in-depth study of the historical, architectural, and contemporary City of London. Participants will learn how to assimilate this knowledge and how to select and present information in order to lead visitors on guided tours. Participants will also develop the practical skills needed to conduct guided tours.

No prior knowledge of the City or of guiding skills is required. The course is open to all and selection is by successful application and interview.

Applications for the City Guides 2019/20 are now open and will close on 14 June 2019

The course consists of 30 two hour evening sessions, and 15 two hour sessions on Saturday mornings/afternoons plus one full Saturday. The course is assessed by a project, two practical assessments and a written examination. Successful candidates will receive a certificate from the City of London Corporation, the City of London Guides Badge which entitles them to guide within the City of London, and an Institute of Tourist Guiding Green Badge.

Please note: This is a year-long course also requiring 180 self-study hours.

Course details

Course dates:

  • 25 September 2019 - 22 May 2020

Please note normal academic holiday dates may not apply and one of the practical assessments may be on a Sunday.

Fee: £1195
Exam fees: £422



What is the time commitment?

  • 30 lectures/tutorials on Wednesday evenings
  • Two hour walks/tutorials on alternate Saturday mornings/afternoons (with some exceptions – dates will be given at the start of the course)
  • One Saturday (full day/six hours) at the beginning of the 2nd term
  • 180 self-study hours​

​What can I expect to achieve?

Successful candidates will be awarded:

  • City of London Guide Badge and Certificate
  • Institute of Tourist Guiding Green Badge and Certificate

How will I be taught?

The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, practical walks, presentations and workshops. As the course progresses students will be expected to give presentations on particular themes.

Are there any other costs involved before or during the course?

You may wish to:

  • buy a map of the City (from £5)
  • attend additional optional walks and visits of relevant interest, available at low cost.

How will I know I'm progressing?

Candidates will get regular feedback from tutors on the development of their knowledge and skills.
During the first term you will be asked to submit a project outlining a walk you have planned yourself.
Towards the end of the course there will be two practical examinations and one written examination.
Candidates who fail will be offered one opportunity to re-sit.

Will I have a chance to give my views on the course?

There is a termly course evaluation for all students to complete, and students are invited to join the City's Student Focus Group.​


Enrolment to the City of London Gu​ides course is by application form and successful interview.
To request an application form please email the Adult Education Team

​​​​​What is the interview process?

Successful applicants will be asked to give a five minute presentation to a small group of other candidates on a City topic. You will be notified of your topic in the invitation to interview.

Please note: Presentations must be oral – no notes are allowed, and no visual aids or PowerPoint will be needed or provided. Interviews for a place on the course will take place in Room 7 North Wing of the Guildhall on 1, 2 and 3 July 2019.

We regret that due to the very high number of applications to the course we are unable to give feedback to unsuccessful candidates at either the application or the interview stage.

What are the selection criteria?

The qualification is open to all, and no formal qualifications are needed to be a successful guide. Furthermore, no prior knowledge of the City or of guiding skills is required. Selection is by successful application and interview.

The selection process is designed to assess your suitability for the course and for guiding, and a successful candidate demonstrates that s/he:

  • Is a clear communicator
  • Follows instructions
  • Is able to engage, interest and make information accessible to a wide variety of people (including people with no knowledge of the history of the City)
  • Has enthusiasm and commitment to guiding in the City of London
  • Is able to assimilate knowledge, eg is accurate in the content of the presentation
  • Has some knowledge of the City of London, eg has focussed the presentation on the City
  • Is able to conduct some independent research, eg has researched the presentation topic
  • Can manage their time well, eg can keep to the five minute deadline.

If you want to find out more or have any further questions then please call the City of London Adult Skills and Community Learning service on 020 7332 1311

24 May 2012
Last Modified:
03 September 2019