Registration as a Tourist Guide
Tourism is one of our province’s key economic sectors and is especially important to our citizens. Many opportunities exist in the tourism sector and to ensure that visitors to our province have a positive experience while they’re on holiday in the Western Cape, all tourist guides are required to be registered.
Tour guides must meet certain criteria before receiving certification. As a registered tourist guide, you’ll need to have the right qualifications and training, abide by the code of conduct, and be trained in first aid.
Our visitors’ safety is very important to us and travelling with a registered tourist guide will not only ensure their well-being but also give them the best experience possible.
Once you’re a registered tourist guide, you’re bound by the Tourism Act, which requires you to be suitably qualified and to act professionally in the best interest of your clients.
The first step in becoming a registered tourist guide is to complete an accredited tourist guide training course (list of accredited training providers).
Once registered as a tourist guide with the Tourist Guide Registration Office of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism you can begin contracting as a tourist guide or working for a tour operator.
Basic steps for registration as a tourist guide in the Western Cape:
The first step is to complete an accredited tourist guide training course.
You can get more information and a full list of trainers and assessors through the Culture Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA). You may also contact the tourist guide registration office for more information, or you may enquire with the Tourist Guide Registration Office.
Once training is complete, you must register with the Tourist Guide Registration Office.
The online registration system also gives you the opportunity to:
Once you have been trained, assessed and registered, you will need to market yourself as a registered tourist guide by contacting tour operators for work.
Queries regarding ID cards or badges
Queries regarding the process for re-registrations and notification of change of address or contact details
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The registration fee of R240.00 per person, (all cheques payable to the Department of Economic Development and Tourism).
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- Finding a Tourist Guide (Link)
- Tourism Learnership Project (Service)
- Application to become an Accredited Provider of Tourism Training and Assessment (Service)
- Tourism and Hospitality SETA (Theta) (Link)
- Tourist Guide Registration Form (Forms) (File type: pdf; size: 83.93 KB)