Tourist Guide Institute has been accredited by CATHSSETA as a National Service Provider to offer courses to train tourist guides. (CATHSSETA Accreditation Number: 613/P/000053/2005) The course co-ordinator is Scott Womack. Scott and Julie Womack are the CATHSSETA accredited assessors and Andre de Waal the CATHSSETA accredited moderator.
Tourist Guide Institute offers 6 courses (4 x full time & 2 x part time) during each year in Cape Town in 2017.
Culture Site Guide: LEVEL 4 (SAQA ID: Tg/CultSiteGd/4/0031) (Western Cape Province Regional Guide)
To qualify for this certificate competence in the prescribed unit standards must be achieved as well as the embedded knowledge of the various areas and will entitle you to guide in the following geographical areas:
First Phase for CT courses:
a. The Cape Metropole
b. The Winelands
c. The Overberg
d. West Coast, the Swartland & the Sandveld
e. The Breede River Valley
Second Phase for CT courses:
f. The Garden Route
g. The Little Karoo & Great Karoo
h. Olifants River Valley
i. Port Elizabeth & environs
First Phase for Southern Cape course:
a. The Garden Route
b. Port Elizabeth and environs
c. The Little and Great Karoo
d. Olifants River Valley
Second Phase for Southern Cape course:
f. The Cape Metropole
g. The Winelands
h. The Overberg
i. West Coast, the Swartland & the Sandveld
j. The Breede River Valley
After the two week course (contact time for full time course) or five weeks after hours (contact time for the part time course) and the FIRST written examination, you will qualify as a Culture Site Guide and will be able to guide in the first five sub-regions as set out above. To be able to guide throughout the Western Cape Province you have to write the SECOND examination – knowledge of visiting sites only. The study material is available from our office at a cost of R700 (The examination cost is included).
Course Fees for 2017:
R6,250 Full time and R6,450 Part time in Cape Town
Non-refundable deposit of R 2,500.00
Intaka Island Eco Centre (full time)
Park Lane, Century City
District Six Guest House (part time)
2 Chester Road, Zonnebloem
Course Dates for 2017:
Full time courses: 08:30 – 17:00:
30th Jan to 10th Feb (exam on 13th March 08:30 – 12:00)
8th to 19th May (exam on 19th June 08:30 – 12:00)
10th to 21st July (exam on 21st August 08:30 – 12:00)
2nd to 13th October (exam on 13th November 08:30 – 12:00)
Part time (after hours) course: 18:00 – 21:30:
20-21, 27-28th Feb, 6-7, 13-14, 27-28th March for theory in the classroom, with practical on 25th Feb; 4, 11, 25th March and 1st April (exam on 2nd May also 18:00 – 21:30)
21-22, 28-29th Aug, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19th Sept for theory in the classroom, with practical on 26th Aug; 2, 9, 16, 23rd Sept (exam on 23rd Oct also 18:00 – 21:30)
Course Content for Cape Town Courses
The course comprises of two modules.
- Introduction and Course Outline
- Unit Standards and Outcomes Based Education
- Planning an itinerary
- How to do research
- Guiding techniques: – Expectations of the Tourist Guide; Role of a Tourist Guide; Communication; Responsibilities; Meet and greet at the airport; Problem handling; Care of the customer, Coping in an Emergency; Code of Guiding Practice; Professionalism; Guiding people with special needs; Route Planning; Guide-lines for a successful tour; Code of Ethics as a tour guide
- Marketing yourself as a guide
- History of South Africa
- Geography of SA and Western Cape
- Demographics of South Africa (Population)
- Architecture of Cape Town
- Fauna and Flora of South Africa
- Common birds of the Western Cape
- South Africa’s Cultural Heritage
- South Africa’s Government Institutions and Social Services
- Table Mountain National Park
- Cape Town City Tour
- Cape Peninsula Tour
- Cape Winelands Tour
- Full day intermediate wine course with a wine maker
- Overberg including whales
- West Coast
- Breede River Valley
- The Townships of Cape Town
Practical tour conducting.
Five tours are done under the guidance of experienced tourist guides.
b. Township Tour
c. Historic Cape Town City Tour
d. Winelands Tour
e. Peninsula Tour
f. Overberg or West Coast Tour
Duration of Lectures & Practicals:
starting daily at 08:30 till approximately 17:00 (See programme)
Wine Industry Course:
The intermediary certificate course on the wine industry is presented as part of the course syllabus.
A comprehensive set of notes, covering all aspects of the course, will be issued at the commencement of the course.
Free parking is available on the days of the theoretical work done in the classroom and on practical days. MyCiti bus runs 200m from Century City venue.
- The completed registration form (p. 3-4 of Prospectus).
- A non-refundable deposit of R2,500.00 upon registration for 2017
- A short CV containing information pertaining to your education and employment history.
- A copy of your RSA I.D.
- Highest education qualification certificate
- A copy of Alternate ID (if applicable): Work Permit (TOURISM RELATED) / Pass Port / Refugee Status Document / (Permanent) Residency Document etc.
- A PASSPORT Number is very important if you have an Alternate ID.
- A copy of your highest qualification
- If you speak a language other than ENGLISH & Afrikaans or the other 9 official languages of SA, you are required to hand in proof of fluency: a letter from an official body such as a university or embassy.
For your convenience please deposit the required amount directly into the account of TOURIST GUIDE INSTITUTE. Please SCAN and EMAIL the Deposit Slip & Registration Form, ID copy & CV. See the bank account details on registration form.
It is a prerequisite to obtain a basic First Aid Certificate to qualify for registration as a tourist guide. It can be done through any accredited First Aid Training Institution. A list of the accredited training companies will be handed to you at the commencement of the course.
Download registration form here.