Warsaw Guide Training 2019/2020

For the first time a course in English!


Course content:

During the course you will study the following:
- Guiding skills – communication and presentation skills for guiding on foot, on site and from a moving vehicle
- Background knowledge - wide historical and cultural background to Poland
- Warsaw knowledge – an in-depth knowledge of the capital
- Regional knowledge – covering sites and locations frequently visited form Warsaw (Mazowsze)
- Business and legal skills – learning to work as a self-employed guide

Course structure:
1. Lectures:
There is one evening lectures in central Warsaw each week (Al. Jerozolimskie 51/16, next to Metro Centrum and Central Railway Station). This will usually be held on Fridays 17.30-21.00.
2. Practical training: There are practical training sessions and visits during the day at weekends. These will take place on Saturdays and Sundays 9.30-13.30.
3. Finals: There is and written and oral exam at the end of the course. It will be at the last weekend of the curse. One day is for a test and a speech and one day for exercise on a coach and in the city. Passed final will allow you to submit PTTK examinations (what is an external exam). 
This all take about 200 hours of training. 

Who can become a tourist guide in Poland?
According to new law regulations a tourist guide could became a person who:
1) is over 18 years old
2) has never been punished for intentional crimes or other crimes committed with practicing the profession of tourist guide
3) has at least secondary education

Legal base: Resolution 55/XVIII/2014 PTTK Main Board of 27 February 2014 r. about regulations of training and examining candidates for city and tour guides as well as granting the rights of PTTK tourist guides (w sprawie Regulaminu szkolenia i egzaminowania kandydatów na przewodników miejskich i terenowych oraz nadawania uprawnień przewodników turystycznych PTTK).


Course fees:  The fee for the course is 2.900 PLN. This includes all teaching, tutorial supervision and practical visits, entrance fees, coach travel as part of the training. The fee does not include the cost of PTTK examinations (which is about 400 PLN). No refunds will be given if you withdraw from the programme, or any part of it, at any stage, or for non-use of the services provided. By submitting the application form you will have to pay entrance fee 900 PLN. The other part must be paid by 1 November 2019 (1000 PLN) and 10 January 2020 (1000 PLN).


Funding: PTTK Branch of Warsaw Guides is a Registered Training Institution (RIS) at the Provincional Labor Office in Warsaw (Wojewódzki Urząd Pracy w Warszawie). Number 2.14/00256/2009. You can contact this Office to get a funding for this training, if you are eglible. (http://wupwarszawa.praca.gov.pl/)

Account number: 50 1240 6218 1111 0000 4622 0907 (Bank Pekao S.A.)

Application: will begin on 9th November. Click here to register. There will be 40 seats for the course, but we need at least 25 participants to run the training. By submitting the survey you will have to pay entrance fee 900 PLN. 

Course administrator: Bartosz Mazurek, BA. Bartosz qualified as a PTTK Warsaw Guide in 2016 and guides in Polish, German and English. Since 2017 he is a member of the Branch Board (Secretary).

Course tutors and lecturers: All of them are PTTK Warsaw Guides and specialists in their areas.

When? 4 October 2019 to march 2020 (winter break 20 Dec to 9 Jan 2020)


Lectures, every Friday (except bank holidays) would be in our Branch ( Jerozolimskie Avenue 51 lok. 16, second courtyard, 4th floor), 17.30-21.00

Practical training, every Saturday and Sunday: on streets, in museums, on a coach tour, 9.30-13.30


What is included in training (an overview)?


  • History of Warsaw and Poland,
  • Culture and art of Warsaw,
  • Contemporary Warsaw,
  • Geography and administration of Warsaw,
  • Guiding skills,
  • Psychology of tourists
  • Nature conservation,
  • Folklore of Warsaw,
  • Infrastructure of the city,
  • Basic legal terms about touristic,
  • Tourist spots around Warsaw.

Practical classes (on foot):

  • Old Town, New Town, Powiśle, Royal Route, Downtown,
  • Thematic trails: Chopin Trail, Jewish Trail,
  • Cemeteries: Old Powązki, Military Powązki,
  • Interiors: Presidential Palace, Sejm, 
  • Museums: Royal Castle, The Royal Łazienki Museum, Museum of King Jan III's at Wilanów, Łazienki Królewskie, Polish Army Museum, National Museum,
  • Kampinos Forest.

Practical classes (on a coach tour):

  • districts of Warsaw,
  • excercises.

To learn more write to: bartoszmazurek@wop-pttk.pl

Working as a guide

Tourist guides in Poland are almost all freelance and self-employed. Work is seasonal, often involving unsocial hours, and is usually obtained by establishing direct contact with tour operators, other agencies, and increasingly from independent travellers. Many guides, particularly those newly qualified, continue to undertake some part-time employment, as it usually takes a while to generate work.
Depending on the type of work undertaken, PTTK tourist guides can charge a range of fees. As an example for ‘mainstream’ guiding work in English in 2017, freelance guide got fees in the range of 500-600 for a half-day’s engagement (up to 4-5 hours). 

To guide groups in museums you will need to pass other exams organized by museums. (Warsaw Rising Museum has their own full-time guides and only they are allowed to guide groups, in most of other museums you could get a licence for freelance guiding).

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