• » Certificate in Local and Regional Guiding

    Programme Title  Certificate in Local and Regional Guiding
    CAO Code  
    LYIT internal code  LY_TMGUD_C
    Duration  One day per week from September to May,
    Standard Places  16
    National Framework Level  6
    Award Type  Certificate (Special Purpose)
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQI
    Is this Programme for Me?
    If you are interested in working in the tourism activity sector providing a range of professional guiding services for visitors, the Local and Regional Guiding programme is designed for you. This programme will provide you with the professional, social, technical and administrative skills necessary to offer a quality service to domestic and overseas visitors.
    Successful participants will be eligible to register on the national database of Tour Guides with Fáilte Ireland.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirement
    • Leaving Certificate requirements
      • MIN. FIVE O6/H7
    • Have obtained a full QQI Level 5 award in any discipline
    • For entry purposes RPL will be considered in accordance with the quality assurance procedures of LYIT.
    • Any applicant applying based on non EU awards/qualifications must apply directly to the International Office at LYIT.  In order to be considered for entry international applicants must present:
      • A qualification that is recognised as being equivalent to a Level 5 Irish qualification.
      • An IELTS qualification of 5.5 minimum.
    • Northern Ireland/UK Applicants click NI/UK
    • Mature Applicants
      Mature applicants may apply for this programme directly to the School of Tourism. Such mature applicants must be 23 years of age (or older) by the 1st of January in the proposed year of entry. Mature applicants do not need to hold a Leaving Certificate qualification, however, they may be called for interview.
    How much does this course cost?
    The cost to participants for undertaking this course is €700.
    Alternatively, local community groups can apply for LEADER funding and the course can be offered in conjunction with that group where applications for funding have been successful.
    What will I have to study?
    YearProposed ModulesMandatory/
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1  Irish History, Culture and Heritage Mandatory  10  6
     Local and Regional Guiding Mandatory  10  6
    Benefits of this programme
    At the end of the Local and Regional  Guiding Programme you will:
    • Operate as a professional marine & countryside guide;
    • Understand the tourism activity sector at regional, national and international level
    • Be aware of changing market profiles nationally and internationally
    • Have received training in a wide variety of skills required to service the requirements of special interest groups
    • Have the ability to anticipate and satisfy customer needs
    • Be aware of the safety, survival and technical skills associated with specialist guiding services
    • Be aware of the legislation governing all aspects of the service
    • Have a greater understanding of the natural environment and be able to interpret the local landscape
    Are there follow-up programmes available?
    On successful completion of this programme, learners will be able to apply for exemptions from both modules on the BA (Hons) in Destination Tourism with Marketing.
    What career opportunities will this course provide?
    On completion of the programme, learners can expect to work in a position of responsibility in a range of different tourism-related businesses.  Graduates with suitable post qualification experience may reasonably expect to work as:
    • Local and Regional Tour Guides/Tourist Information Officers
    • Guides in Visitor Attractions and Heritage Centres
    When does the course commence?
    The Course commences in mid-September.
    How do I apply?
    Application should be made directly to the School of Tourism.
    Completed Applications should be returned to:
    Admissions, School of Tourism (LyIT), Shore Road, Killybegs, Co Donegal
    Tel No (074) 9186600 Fax No (074) 9186601
    Local and Regional Guiding Application Form
    Information may be subject to change by agencies other than LYIT.
    LYIT reserves the right to change information provided at any time