The Dublin City and Environs Tour Guide Programme is a QQI Level 6 qualification aimed at those who wish to train as a Tourist Guide specifically around Dublin City and it’s environs. This course combines practical tour guiding skills with the theoretical knowledge to enable learners to provide guiding and tour management services for tourists in Dublin city and its environs.  Learners will explore the historic, cultural and social aspects of the city and the region.  They will learn how to provide a commentary and organise and manage a tour. Practical experience will be gained through a series of simulated guided tours.

Industry Day

Before completion of the programme, Portobello

Institute arrange an Industry Day for students. In preparation for this day, students will be advised on preparing their CV. Tour operators are invited to meet students and advise them of the opportunities available within their companies. The purpose of the day is to facilitate a meeting between tour operators and students so they can meet in person, putting a face and personality to the CV. This has proved to be very successful for graduates and tour operators with a high percentage of graduates gaining employment as a result of the day.

Qualifications Gained

•    QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award in Dublin Tourist Guiding

Course Dates

Monday & Thursday & 6 Saturdays, 09/04/18 to 19/07/18, EGUIDAP18

Entry Requirements/Interview

Admission on to this course is by interview only. To apply for an interview please contact Teri to arrange.

T: 01 892 0000 or email

The interview fee is €45 which must be paid at the time of booking.   Successful applicants will be notified and must confirm intention to accept a place on the course with payment of fees by the agreed date.

Please read and understand both the Terms of Enrolment and Course Payment Information before paying for your course. Details of all our policies as well as refunds, cancellations, instalment options and how to pay offline are contained in these two important documents

Course Structure

This programme will take place two evenings per week (6.30 - 9.30) and 6 Saturdays

Sat dates: TBC

Course Content

Module 1 - Guiding 6N0648 (15 credits)
1.    Irish Tourism
2.    Roles & Responsibilities of the Tour Guide
3.    Professional Guiding Skills Group Management
4.    Practical Experience

Module 2 - Dublin Cultural & Natural Heritage 6N0643 (15 credits)
1.    Dublin's Cultural Heritage
2.    Dublin's Built Heritage
3.    Dublin's Natural Heritage
4.    Dublin in Contemporary Ireland
5.    Principal Tourist Attractions and Activities
6.    The role of the Tour Guide in promoting sustainable tourism

Module 3 - Dublin Tour Management - 6N0643  (5 credits)
1.    Background knowledge
2.    Tour planning and preparation transfers and arrivals
3.    On Tour hospitality desk operation
4.    The self employed guide-tour manager

Course Costs

The fee for this programme is €1,999. Protection for learner insurance fee is €80.

Class Sizes

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 15 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello

Protection for Learners

QQI have introduced a mandatory insurance protection policy fee that must be paid by students enrolled on all courses with a duration of 12 weeks or over. This insurance cost is in addition to your course fees.