The Guild offers a training course for new guides every 5 or 6 years. The last training course was held in 2017 so it is anticipated that the next one will be in 2022/23. Due to the length of time between courses we do not keep applications on file. Information about the next course and how to apply will be made available on this web site and also the Institute of Tourist Guiding website at when it is announced.

The course is part time and requires about 100 hours of study over 6-8 months followed by written and practical exams. The course is accredited nationally by the Institute of Tourist Guiding and successful candidates will be awarded the Green Badge for Oxford. When the date is announced there will be a particular demand for guides who can offer tours in different languages.

It should be noted that successful completion of the course does not guarantee any guiding work as all guides are freelance and self-employed.

The Guild also provides ongoing professional development for its members with interesting talks and visits throughout the year.