Department of Tourism
In South Africa, tourist guiding is a regulated profession governed by national legislation and policies. Any person that would like to become a tourist guide must undergo training as part of a formal qualification registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
Tourist guides must be trained by accredited training providers for their application for registration to be considered. The onus is also on the tourist guide to verify the registration status of the training providers before the commencement of training.
Upon being deemed competent, such person will receive a certificate issued by the Culture, Arts, Tourism Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA). They must then apply to the relevant Provincial Registrar to be registered in order to operate legally.
A complete list of accredited training providers and assessors can be obtained on the Culture Arts, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) website. www.cathsseta.org.za
Information about tourist guiding programmes which are recognised by SAQA can be obtained from the SAQA website. www.sa qa.org.za.
Alternatively, enquiries can be made at the Tourist Guides Registration Offices across provinces.