Trainer Training
A Course for Training Tourist Guide Trainers

The “Trainer Training” course is designed to meet the demand for FEG accredited trainers. The training requirements for the course are set out in FEG’s “The Way Forward” seminar and follow the guidelines of the European Standard EN15565:2008. The European Standard sets out the necessary training that tourist guides should follow.

Once qualified, the trainers will help with the delivery of tourist guide training qualifications and participate in the delivery of continuing professional development training programmes in their own countries or abroad.

Trainer Training Course in 2018 in Faro, Portugal © FEG by Iris Barry Trainer Training Course in 2018 in Faro, Portugal © FEG by Iris Barry

What will the course participants will gain?

  • Understand the requirements set by the European Standard EN15565:2008 for the training of tourist guides.
  • Produce practical trainers skilled in facilitating best practice in trainee tourist guides.
  • Become confident trainers of aspiring tourist guides
  • Outline the principles of effective adult training methods and how to implement them
  • Develop a consistent approach to the delivery and assessment of tourist guide training
  • Encourage and develop best practice in trainee tourist guides, so that they will be able to guide on a moving vehicle, on site and on walking tours.
  • Monitor their own guiding skills and techniques so that they can confidently demonstrate tasks and set good examples to trainee tourist guides.
  • Design, structure and deliver practical training sessions to meet the programme requirements.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of training sessions using self, peer and trainee evaluations.
  • Apply the specified assessment criteria in giving formative feedback to trainee guides.
  • Manage and deliver the Art of Guiding seminar.
  • Apply theoretical concepts of interpretation to practical skills training.
  • Convey to trainees an understanding of the role of tourist guides and identify key functions of the profession

Trainer Training Course in 2018 in Faro, Portugal © FEG by Viola Lewis Trainer Training Course in 2018 in Faro, Portugal © FEG by Viola Lewis

Entrance Requirements & Selection Procedures

The programme is specifically designed to offer experienced tourist guides the opportunity to meet the criteria for accreditation as a FEG trainer.

Course participants will have completed a FEG “Sharing Best Practice” course (or in some circumstances via Accredited Prior Learning [APL] the “Art of Guiding” course plus certain other FEG seminars or a tourist guide training course fully complying to the CEN standard EN15565:2008) and will show evidence of regular exercise of the tourist guide profession over at least the last 3-4 years.

Successful candidates of the Trainer Training Course will be awarded a FEG e-certificate of competence.

General Information

The programme consists of 48.5 hours directed learning. 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.

Practical sessions will be on the streets (walking tour) on coach (moving vehicle) and on a site (museum/art gallery/religious site).

Assessment of knowledge is by final written examination. Practical assessments are conducted during Day 3 for the facilitation of the Art of Guiding Seminar and recorded on student trainer assessment forms.

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