T-GUIDE – Guiding People with Learning Difficulties
A 4-Stage Course for Tourist Guides

“T-GUIDE” is a course on Guiding People with Learning Difficulties offered by FEG and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) to qualified tourist guides.

This is the outcome of an EU funded Leonardo project, with FEG at its heart, to develop a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) course for qualified tourist guides.

The “T-Guide” course enhances your skillset and helps gain access to a rapidly increasing market for guides who can competently and sensitively work with this growing client base.

To achieve the certificate tourist guides, need to complete 4 stages:

  1. online learning in modules each with a final assessment,
  2. a further written assessment requiring consolidation of the knowledge gained in the initial modules,
  3. attend two full days of interactive course in classroom and
  4. within 6 months of the course set up and conduct a real tour with a group of people with learning difficulties and then supply client feedback and self-evaluation in a portfolio of evidence.

Stage 4. Tour of T-GUIDE training in 2017 in Thessaloniki © FEG by Efi Kalampoukidou Stage 4. Tour of T-GUIDE training in 2017 in Thessaloniki © FEG by Efi Kalampoukidou

Stages 1 and 2 need to be completed to the required standard to be eligible to join the two full days for the interactive course.

The intensive two-day course involves practicing the use of ETUL (Easy To Understand Language), improving understanding of the functional and social aspects of disabilities and of the relevant EU legislation. Guides take part in exercises on shared understanding of learning difficulties, developing access statements and accessible/inclusive tourism through universal design. Guides develop refinements to communication techniques and tour planning skills.

Once you have successfully completed all four stages and are a certified T-GUIDE your name and area of qualification will be listed and publicised on the FEG and ENAT websites.

All qualified tourist guides are eligible to attend.

What will the course participants will gain?

  • Recognising the importance of preparing for the tour
  • Working with carers
  • Understanding of learning difficulties
  • Assessing and adjusting to your special audience
  • Using easy to understand language
  • Delivering walking tours or guided tours in a site or museum
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Enhancing body language
  • Developing proper visual aids

Stage 3. Model Tour of T-GUIDE training in 2016 in Prague © FEG by Efi Kalampoukidou Stage 3. Model Tour of T-GUIDE training in 2016 in Prague © FEG by Efi Kalampoukidou

General Information

The programme consists of 4 stages as described above, including e-learning, classroom learning and practice on tours, closely linked to the content of guide training programmes, with transferable guiding skills and knowledge. It covers a range of development activities, essential in any guide training programme. The skills gained are transferable to many tourist guiding situations.

Programme trainers are FEG accredited. To achieve best possible results the number of the course participants is limited.

All trainees of the “T-Guide” course will be awarded a FEG e-certificate of competences.

The price of this course, and all other FEG courses, varies depending on cost and demand. If you are interested in one or more courses listed on our website, please get in touch with our office for more information at training@feg-touristguides.org