Tour Guiding (VTOS)

National Tour Guiding – Special Purpose Award  Level 6 : 6S20232  

VTOS means Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme. VTOS gives unemployed adults over 21 the opportunity of returning to full time education, while retaining their benefit.

Tour Guiding at CDCFE

Do you have a positive attitude, friendly personality and strong sense of customer service together with a genuine interest in Irish heritage and culture? Then this could be the course for you.

Quotes from former students:

“A wonderful course on National Tour Guiding at Coláiste Dhúlaigh. It was a privilege to study there and we were nurtured with warmth, encouragement and respect which enabled us to get through the necessary challenges.”

“I think the course is fantastic and am so happy I got a place. The learning experience and atmosphere was really open, positive and inclusive”

“Really loved the course. All the tutors were supportive, informative and understanding”


This special purpose award is the new professional qualification for tour guides. The course is delivered through an integrated mix of on campus lectures, off site visits to key tourist attractions and self-directed learning over three days each week.

Course Content – Semester 1 (12 Weeks) Autumn Start

National Tour Guiding course will complete: Irish Tour Guiding, National Tour Management, Irish Natural Culture and Heritage* (QQI Level 6 – Certification)

(*modules are subject to change)

On completion of National Tour Guiding – Special Purpose Award Level 6: 6S20232 learners will progress automatically into Entrepreneurship in Creative Industries to give individuals the opportunity to develop their business idea.

Course Content – Semester 2 (12 Weeks)

Entrepreneurship in Creative Industries  will complete: Start Your Own Business, Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing, and Studio/Work* Practice.

Workshops are an important element of this course. They will be facilitated by successful entrepreneurs and experts from different industry.

(*modules are subject to change)


QQI Level 6

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of QQI level 5 (or above) in a related field of study.   
  • Mature students with experience in the tourism industry, and those who are considering a change of career may be eligible.  
  • A deep interest in all aspects of Irish history/society and excellent interpersonal skills are also strongly advised. 


1 Year

Career Opportunities

This course will qualify successful participants to work as a self-employed tour guide or to seek employment in the tourism/heritage industry throughout Ireland. It also delivers essential skills to those who wish to participate in business and promotional aspects of the industry.