TOURIST GUIDES

TOURIST GUIDES (click here)

 

 

HOW DID TOURIST GUIDES REGISTRATION COME ABOUT?

The Tourism Act no. 3 of 2014 defines the scope of tourist guiding and provides a framework for the conduct and governance of the tourist guiding profession

The Act therefore makes provision for establishment of the office of the National and Provincial Registrars of Tourist Guides with clearly defined roles and responsibilities: the development of a Code of Conduct and Ethics for tourist guides; and a framework and procedures for complaints, disciplines, appeals, reviews, prohibitions and disputes.

DEFINITION OF A TOURIST GUIDE

A tourist guide is any person who for reward, whether monetary or otherwise accompanies any person who travels within or visits any place within the Republic and who furnishes such person with information or comments with regards to any matter.' According to the Act, tourist guides must register with the National Department of Tourism by contacting the Provincial Registrar of that particular province in which they live in order to be recognized as a legal guide.

CATEGORIES OF TOURIST GUIDES

There are three (3) categories of tourist guiding namely: Nature, Culture and Adventure.

Nature guides are knowledgeable about the natural environment including in depth knowledge about the flora and fauna of a particular area.  A nature guide may specialize in certain fields i.e. conservation area, national parks, nature trails etc.

Culture guides conduct tours with emphasis on cultural heritage.  A cultural guide may specialize in certain field i.e. art, township history, cultural experiences in rural villages, museums, historic buildings

Adventure guides conduct guided outdoor recreation leisure activities with an element of risk involved e.g. abseiling, hiking, mountain climbing etc.

Tourist guides are further categorized according to the areas in which they operate e.g. site or provincial guides

A site guide is a person who usually guide within a site only e.g. at Hluhluwe Reserve, Battlefield etc.

A provincial guide is a person who guides in one or more provinces e.g. KZN, Western Cape or Mpumalanga etc.

A provincial tourist guide who is competent to guide in all nine provinces typically referred to as a national guide

CONSIDERING A CAREER AS A TOURIST GUIDE

Individuals considering pursuing a career in tourist guiding must first complete the required training and assessment with accredited institutions before proceeding to register with the relevant Provincial Registrar.

REQUIREMENTS TO BE A REGISTERED TOURIST GUIDE

Provincial Registrars are appointed in each of the nine (9) provinces to register tourist guides.  Applicants must satisfy the following requirements before they are considered for registration:

Proof of competence recognized by SAQA

A valid first aid certificate issued by an institution recognized by the Department of Labour

 A completed and signed application form accompanied by the prescribed fee

A signed copy of the code of conduct and ethics for tourist guides

Proof of South African citizenship or in the case of an non—South African citizen, a valid working permit granting permission to work as a tourist guide

Four (4) passport size coloured photos

HOW CAN A TOURIST GUIDE BE IDENTIFIED?

Successfully registered tourist guides will receive a badge and identification card (ID).  The card will indicate the category of guiding, the site, region in which the tourist guides was found competent to guide as well as any specialties that the guide may possess.  Visibility or possession of an ID card is very import because various policing authorities may request the during tourist guide spot checks or upon entry to various attractions

Badge

Tourist guide badge

 

 ID card

tourist guide id card

 

For more information you can contact the office of the Provincial Registrar at the EDTEA on 033 2649300 via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .. To access more information on the Tourism Act 03 of 2014 log on to,