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Registration as a Tourist Guide


Tourist Guide Registration

Tourism is one of the key economic sectors of our province and is especially important to our citizens. Many opportunities exist in the tourism sector. All tourist guides are required to be registered to ensure that visitors to our province have a positive experience while they’re on holiday in the Western Cape.

Tourist 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 have first aid training.  

The safety of our visitors is important to us. Travelling with a registered tourist guide will ensure their well-being and 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 complete 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.

You can register online. First, create a profile and log into the tourist guide online registration system and follow the instructions.

The online registration system also gives you the opportunity to:

  • update your details,
  • download resources,
  • and to chat with an agent.  

Use this step by step guide on how to register online and how to apply for a permit online


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.

Contact Details
The Tourist Guide Registration
The office is located at:
Ground Floor, NBS Waldorf Arcade
80 St George's Mall,
Cape Town.

The Tourist Guide Registration Office is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays on appointment for the collection of cards and badges only.

Queries regarding ID cards or badges

Vorena Rudolph
Ground Floor, St. George's Mall
80 Waldorf Building, Cape Town
Open Monday to Fridays from 08h00 to 15h00
Tel: 021 483 3012

Queries regarding the process for re-registrations and notification of change of address or contact details

Puleng Leoatle-Kwepile
Ground Floor, St. George's Mall
80 Waldorf Building, Cape Town
Tel: 021 483 2960

General Enquiries:
Tel: 021 483 9411

Provided by:
Government Body: (Western Cape Government)

The registration fee of R240.00 per person, (all cheques payable to the Department of Economic Development and Tourism).

Government Body: (Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 1 September 2021