Training for tour guiding

Applications are now open for the Camden Tour Guide Course starting in September 2024.

Please fill in the form below and submit it. We will then be in touch to schedule an interview at which you will be asked to give a 5 minute presentation on a subject we provide. Our interviews take place across the summer, though primarily in June and July.

If you have any questions in the meantime email us at course@camdenguides.com, or you are welcome to attend a Meet the Guides event where we offer a free hour-long walk to those considering the Camden course. This year’s Meet the Guides walks will be on Thursday 16th May, Wednesday 19th June and Wednesday 3rd July at 6pm and will take place around the King’s Cross area. Please reserve a place at:

16th May – Meet the Guides – Camden Tour Guides Association FREE walk Tickets, Thu 16 May 2024 at 18:00 | Eventbrite

19th June Meet the Guides – Camden Tour Guides Association FREE walk Tickets, Wed 19 Jun 2024 at 18:00 | Eventbrite

3rd July – Meet the Guides – Camden Tour Guides Association FREE walk Tickets, Wed, Jul 3, 2024 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

We encourage a wide range of participants on our course, and a limited number of bursaries are available for people who are unable to afford the full cost of the course. Information on this can be found at https://janestrust.org. Early application is advised.

The Camden Tour Guide Course

Overview

The course will enable you to develop the skills required to plan, prepare and deliver walking tours, in the London Borough of Camden. Tuition on guiding skills is complemented with learning about the history, architecture, tourist attractions and facilities of the Borough of Camden. The borough has a particularly rich history in terms of buildings, institutions and residents which can be used by guides to interpret the area for diverse audiences. The course will cost about £1,000 for the whole year, payable up-front, including the first year’s membership and your badge once you qualify. Our previous students rate it as excellent value.

Syllabus

During this course you will learn the general principles of tour guiding and how to guide walking tours in the Borough of Camden. You will be taught about the diverse geographical areas within the borough and their history, architecture, culture and other features. You will learn how to undertake your own research and how to design a guided walk, and you will be instructed in the necessary skills to present information in an informative and entertaining manner to different audiences.

Course details

There will be classes every Wednesday evening during term time. The classes take place at the WMC (Working Men’s College) on Crowndale Road, near Mornington Crescent underground station. There will also be approximately 15 Saturday half day sessions, scheduled on alternate weeks. We will be out and about in the Borough of Camden and will focus on practical guiding skills and the delivery of entertaining and informative walking tours. Locations will vary according to the syllabus, but will be scheduled in advance.

You will be required to submit a satisfactory written project, pass a written exam and pass two practical guiding exams. One practical exam takes place at an internal site (usually The Foundling Museum) and one on the streets of Camden. The two guiding examinations will take place in February and May.

The course tutors are qualified guides with experience of both guiding and teaching guiding skills. In addition we use external examiners to assess the practical guiding examinations, and a moderator reviews the marking of the written examination and the project. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a badge from the Camden Tour Guides Association. This will recognise your achievement as a qualified guide in the Borough of Camden. Graduates are normally presented with their badges by the Mayor of Camden in the Mayor’s parlour at the Town Hall.

Note: all students are expected to have access to a smart phone and to a laptop during the course.

To apply, please complete and send the form below, and we will be in touch: