Do I need a Licence to be a Tourist Guide?

A General Tourist Guide (GTG) licence is needed to legally conduct tours in Singapore. To qualify for the licence, candidates must fulfil minimum age and education requirements, complete theory and practical training, and pass 2 examinations administered by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

Minimum Requirements

Candidates must

1. be over 21 years of age
2. be medically fit
3. be highly proficient in the language he wishes to guide in.

a) Tourist Guide in English:
i) must possess GCE ‘O’ Level Certificate with a grade B4 in English; OR have obtained the WSQ ESS Workplace Literacy & Numeracy Level 6.

b) Tourist Guide in Mandarin:
i) GCE ‘O’ Level Higher Chinese / Chinese as first language (Min. Grade C6); or
ii) GCE ‘O’ Level Chinese as second language (Min. Grade B4); or
iii) WSQ Business Chinese Test Level 4 in Chinese language;
iv) Primary 6 pass or WSQ WPL Level 3 in English language.

c) Tourist Guide in other languages:
i) Have a high standard of proficiency in the guiding language;
ii) Primary 6 pass or WSQ WPL Level 3 in English language.


See STB Website for more details.

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