Archive for September, 2016

Puglia adopts new standards for certifying tourist guides and tour leaders

Friday, September 30th, 2016


To further professionalize Puglia’s tourism industry, the Region of Puglia Regional Council has approved new requirements for certifying professional tourist guides and tour leaders. Resolution n.1510, published in the Official Bulletin of the Puglia Region, was adopted at the council’s September 28 meeting.

According to a press release from the Regional Council, those wishing to become certified as tourist guides or tour leaders must:

• Possess a diploma of secondary education of the second degree (five-year) or a diploma obtained abroad that is recognized by Italian authorities.

• Pass an examination in at least one foreign language chosen by the candidate.

• Pass a written test (multiple-choice questions) and an oral examination.

In addition, those who have already achieved the qualification and want to obtain a permit to operate in another language can take the foreign language examination (oral only).

The changes take effect October 11. An application to become a professional tourist guide and tour leader must be submitted online at by November 10.