(TGNI) is Northern Ireland’s tourist guiding body focusing on quality, training and continuous professional development of its guides.

TGNI’s key aim is to offer visitors to the island of Ireland a warm welcome and to show them the best we have to offer, inspiring, educating and entertaining them along the way. TGNI’s vision is to be an Association whose members, currently 135, are all professionally qualified and skilled to deliver consistently high-quality visitor experiences to tourists throughout the island of Ireland.

TGNI has four categories of membership:

TourguidesNI Blue Card members hold the Level 4 Certificate in Higher Education in Tour Guiding (Validated by Ulster University) or an equivalent Fáilte Ireland QQI6 National Tourist Guide Certification.

TourguidesNI Green Card members, hold the Ofqual* regulated OCN NI Level 3 Certificate in Tour Guiding or an equivalent Fáilte Ireland certificate at Level 3. These members focus primarily, but not exclusively, on moving vehicle commentaries in a local region.

TourguidesNI Yellow Card members hold the Ofqual* regulated OCN NI Level 2 Award in Tour Guiding or an equivalent Fáilte Ireland qualification at Level 2. These members typically guide on a specific Site or a fixed route walking tour.

TourguidesNI Grey Card members are Language Guides, who deliver Tours in a non-English language and who are seeking accreditation through TourguidesNI approved courses.

All TourguidesNI members, who hold valid blue, green, yellow or grey cards carry

£5million Public Liability Insurance.

(*) The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments.