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How to be a licenced Tourist Guide

The amended Singapore Tourism Board Act has recently been passed in Parliament in February 2014, and will be effective from 7 October 2014 onwards.

To qualify for the licence, candidates must fulfil minimum age and education requirements, complete theory and practical trainings, and pass two examinations administered by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

The General Tourist Guide licence is valid for three years and must be renewed when expired.

Please visit the Legislation section to read about the Singapore Tourism Board Act.


Before applying for a Tourist Guide licence

  • Step 1: Register interest to be a Tourist Guide

    Minimum Requirements

    Candidates must fulfil the following criteria:

    • be over 21 years of age
    • be medically fit
    • be highly proficient in the language you wish to guide in
    • if you are guiding in English:
      • possess GCE 'O' Level Certificate with a grade B4 in English; OR have obtained the WSQ ESS Workplace Literacy & Numeracy Level 6
    • if you are guiding in Mandarin:
      • possess GCE 'O' Level Certificate with a grade C6 in Mandarin; OR have obtained the WSQ ESS Workplace Literacy & Numeracy Level 6
    • if you are guiding in other languages:
      • possess a high standard of proficiency in the guiding language.

    How to register

    Candidates can register their interest to be a Tourist Guide via the Tourist Guide Exam Registration Website. There is no need for the candidates to pass any examinations at this stage

    Register now.

    Step 2: Complete Theory and Practical Trainings

    Candidates need to be trained in 3 specialised subjects to receive the 3 Statements of Attainment (SOA) required to enrol for the Tourist Guide Examinations.

    The 6-month part-time course covers classroom and field training in:

    • Tourism Knowledge
    • Guest Interactions
    • Conduct of tours

    There are currently 3 training providers approved to conduct this programme:

    • Tourism Management Institute of Singapore (TMIS)
      T: 6238 8688
    • Singapore Chinese Chamber Institute of Business
      T: 6334 1080/6325 0071
    • William Angliss Institute Pte Ltd
      T: 6637 9855

    Candidates have to pass the assessment tests administered by the training providers and attain the 3 SOAs.

    Step 3: Pass two Tourist Guide Licensing Examinations

    After obtaining the 3 SOAs, candidates can sit for the 2 Tourist Guide Licensing Examinations. Candidates are required to pass the Theory exam before they can sit for the Practical exam.

    How to register

    Candidates can check the latest examination dates and register for the examination online at Guides Online website using their Username and Password (refer to Step 1).

    Examination Fees (inclusive of 7% GST):

    • Theory: $53.50
    • Practical: $246.10

    Step 4: Collect Tourist Guide Licence

    Once candidates have passed the required Examinations, they will be issued a Tourist Guide licence.

    Licence Fees
    • The fee payable for each licence is S$72.
    • The licence is valid for 3 years.
    • Licence is renewable at the end of 3 years upon fulfilment of the required licence renewal conditions.
    • Persons with a valid Tourist Guide Licence may work for any licensed travel agent or on a freelance basis except for tourist guides working on a work pass issued by the Ministry of Manpower(MOM).