The accreditation program is held by the autonomous non-profit organization “Tourist Information Center of the Murmansk region". During the exam, tour guides had to give a tour around the the city of Murmansk to show the council members the level of their knowledge of the region and the skills a professional guide needs to have – good spoken communication skills, the ability to build a logical narrative, the ability to make a tourist interested, attention to safety regulations.
The expert council included specialists in the history and geography of the Murmansk Region: representatives of the Tourist Information Center of the Murmansk Region, Murmansk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society, Murmansk Arctic State University, KSC RAS, the Polar-Alpine Botanical Garden-Institute of N.A. Avrorin KSC RAS, Murmansk Regional Center for Indigenous Peoples of the North, museums, other public organizations and institutions of the Murmansk region.
The program lasted a year, the first exam was held last September. During this period, more than 50 applications were received and a total of 28 guides were accredited according to the results of the exams. They received a certificate and a badge of an accredited guide, information about them is posted on the tourist portal of the Murmansk region.
In total, 7 accreditation exams were carried out, two of them were held in Kirovsk and Teriberka.
Graduates of the second season of the School of Nature Guides took part in the exam in Teriberka. It was held as part of the Arctic Festival. The event was attended by A. Glukhov, a member of the RGS for the Murmansk Regional Branch.
During the final accreditation exam, held on August 30, six guides presented their tours around Murmansk. The expert and methodological council once again included representatives of the Murmansk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society Nadezhda Rafikova and Anastasia Yagodina.
The program included both excursions to famous sights – such as the “Waiting” monument and the Memorial Complex to the Steadfastness and Courage of the Murmansk People during the Great Patriotic War, and more unusual routes dedicated to residential areas of Murmansk and street art – during this tour, the members of the council saw the Murmansk “Wailing Wall” and a monument to Lenin divided into parts.
This time, all 6 guides were able to pass the qualification exam.
As representatives of the Tourist Information Center of the Murmansk region noted, the goal that was set at the beginning of the accreditation program was fully achieved: thanks to the creation of the program, it was possible to increase interest in the education of guides both among beginners and among those who have been working in the tourism sector for many years. Summing up, representatives of the Murmansk TIC noted the contribution of the members of the expert council to the implementation of the program. Letters of thanks were handed to representatives of organizations that participated in the work of the council, including representatives of the Murmansk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society Nadezhda Rafikova and Anastasia Yagodina.