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Dublin City Tour Guide - Part Time

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QQI Level 6


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Start Date
February 2019

Dublin City Tour Guide - Part Time

The Dublin City and Environs Tour Guide Programme is a QQI Level 6 qualification aimed at those who wish to train as a Tourist Guide. This course combines practical tour guiding skills with the theoretical knowledge to enable learners to provide guiding and tour management services for tourists.  Learners will explore the historic, cultural and social aspects of the city and the region.  They will learn how to provide a commentary and organise and manage a tour. Practical experience will be gained through a series of simulated guided tours.

This programme is ideally suited to a person seeking flexibility with a career where they can choose the times of the year they wish to work. The main tourist season is from March to October however with rising tourist numbers, tour guides can now avail of employment opportunities all year round. Portobello Institute supports students with their efforts to gain employment as tour guides by introducing them to the major tour operators. Many past graduates  have been recruited directly from this programme by the main tour operators in Ireland.

Note: The "badge" formerly issued by Failte Ireland is no longer available. This course is recognised by employers as the standard qualification for tour guides and replaces the former "national" programme.

QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award in Dublin Tourist Guiding

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements however good communication skills and a genuine interest in people are needed to be a successful tour guide.

This programme will take place two evenings per week, Monday & Thursday from 6.30 - 9.30pm. There are 6 optional Saturdays where students participate in practical tour guiding sessions to gain experience delivering and managing a tour.  dates: TBC

Module 1 - Guiding 6N0648 (15 credits)
1.    Irish Tourism
2.    Roles & Responsibilities of the Tour Guide
3.    Professional Guiding Skills Group Management
4.    Practical Experience

Module 2 - Dublin Cultural & Natural Heritage 6N0643 (15 credits)
1.    Dublin's Cultural Heritage
2.    Dublin's Built Heritage
3.    Dublin's Natural Heritage
4.    Dublin in Contemporary Ireland
5.    Principal Tourist Attractions and Activities
6.    The role of the Tour Guide in promoting sustainable tourism

Module 3 - Dublin Tour Management - 6N0643  (5 credits)
1.    Background knowledge
2.    Tour planning and preparation transfers and arrivals
3.    On Tour hospitality desk operation
4.    The self employed guide-tour manager

Course price €1999

Protection for learners insurance fee €80

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Course Code Location & Info Price
TDTG-P-DS-FB-19 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

25/02/19 - 14/06/19
Mon & Thurs 6.30 - 9.30pm
€1999 Book Now
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