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A professional guide is a dignified and loyal representative of both Estonia and Tartu who respects all visitors, thus shaping the good image of their city and promoting the reputation of Estonia as a tourist destination. In order to ensure a high quality tour guide service, the city of Tartu has developed a procedure for the attestation of guides.


Attestation takes place in October, with more precise dates published on the Visit Tartu website at least a month before the attestation takes place. Primary attestation takes place every other year, re-attestation every year. Primary attestation consists of a written test and a practical exam in the form of a city tour (walking as well as bus tour). Only those who have successfully passed the written test can proceed to the practical part. To pass the re-attestation, only a practical walking tour has to be successfully completed.


Those who successfully pass the tour guide exam are issued a guide certificate that is valid for 5 years.


The attestation is organised by the city of Tartu and the Tartu County Tourism Foundation, in cooperation with organisations uniting guides. The attestation committee is composed of representatives of the Tartu County Tourism Foundation, Tartu City Government, University of Tartu, Estonian Travel and Tourism Association, Tartu Tourist Guides Association and Estonian Senior Guides Association.


The attestation is fee-based. The amount of the fee is determined by the Tartu County Tourism Foundation with a decree.


Fees for 2018:


  • Primary attestation 40 €
  • Re-attestation 20 €
  • Thematic tour attestation 20 €


The schedule for attestation in 2018 is as follows:


  • September 30 – deadline to register for attestation. Those who register for thematic tour attestation must also send the written draft of the planned tour with their registration.

  • October 4 – consultation. The exact time and place will be sent out after the registration has ended, the estimated beginning will be at 4.30 p.m.

  • October 11 – written test for both the primary attestation as well as the thematic tour attestation. The exact time and place will be sent out after the registration has ended, the estimated time will be at 10 a.m. in the demo room of the Tartu Visitor Centre.  

  • October 16-18 – practical exams for primary attestation (walking tour+bus tour), re-attestation (walking tour) and thematic tour attestation (walking tour). Exact schedule for the exams will be sent out after the registration has ended and when it has been determined how many participants there will be for the different attestations.

Last updated: 25.09.2018