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  14.03.2019, 10:40h

Tour Guide training programme for Krka National Park

Šibenik Polytechnic and the Public Institute of Krka National Park have organised a professional training programme for tour guides for Krka National Park.

The first two-day seminar will be held in the period 25 to 29 March 2019, while an additional three seminars are planned by the end of the year. The call for applications was made on the official website of the Polytechnic on Tuesday, 12 March 2019.

Pursuant to Article 70 of the Tourism Services act, every tour guide having passed the general part of the professional tour guide examination may provide services in the territory of the Republic of Croatia, with the exception of protected areas, which requires passing the separate section of the professional exam for protected localities by county, as stipulated in Article 3 of the Ordinance on the list of tourism localities by county. This rule also applies to foreign tour guides. Visitors or agency group who do not have a trained protected areas guide may always hire a guide that has passed the programme at the Šibenik Polytechnic for tour guides of Krka National Park.

Everyone who successfully passes the seminar program and passes the final examination will receive a training certificate enabling them to work as a tour guide in Krka National park. The Šibenik Polytechnic has a long tradition of providing educational programmes and training for tour guides, and we believe that this programme will contribute to ensuring an impressive level of expert knowledge amongst specialised tour guides. In addition to specific knowledge, students also attain capabilities of improving the organisation and sustainability of tourism in protected areas,” commented Ivan Malenica, Dean of the Šibenik Polytechnic.

The job of a tour guide at Krka National Park is an outdoors job, covering all the unique localities of the park. The Public Institute of Krka National Park employs 14 interpretation guides who provide tour services in five languages. Every tour led by one of these interpretation guides is an exploration adventure in which visitors can discover new horizons.

“Krka National Park is a protected area of exceptional natural value and rich cultural and historical heritage, and these different facets make the park so special and attractive. It is precisely this unique combination of nature and history, and the long tradition of living along the river, that we aim to pass on to the park visitors through the interpretation guides. The specific knowledge about the Krka River that our guides have is based on constant professional training and a desire to share experiences. Additionally, the Krka National Park interpretation guides support the tour guides in the local community, and we are always happy to work with them on projects, such as the interpretation of heritage and tourism experiences, to support the sustainable development of the local communities,” stated Nella Slavica, director of the Public Institute of Krka National Park.

Tour guides that have passed the professional examination are also required to obtain permission from the Ministry of Environment and Energy to perform guide services in national park and nature park areas, pursuant to Article 4 of the Ordinance on the list of tourism localities by county, and pursuant to the concession permit of the Public Institute of Krka National Park.

“This programme is intended above all for tourism workers in the four Dalmatian counties, but is also open to other tour guides from other parts of Croatia. The seminar is designed so that students can master their knowledge about natural areas and the cultural and historical heritage of Krka National Park, with the aim of presenting this knowledge to organised tour groups. The seminar programme is actually the next step in our current professional training programme for tour guides for Šibenik-Knin County, as these students receive additional education in the fields of protecting rare flora and fauna, and important cultural and historical localities,” added Jasmina Sladoljev, Head of the Management Department of the Šibenik Polytechnic, and leader of the tour guide training programme.

Enrolment criteria are completion of the seminar and passed professional examination for a tour guide. The cost of the professional training programme is HRK 1700, which includes the costs of classes at the Šibenik Polytechnic and field classes at Krka National Park. Half of these classes are dedicated to learning about the natural elements, while the other half focus on the cultural and historical heritage.

The cooperation contract between the Public Institute of Krka National Park and the Šibenik Polytechnic was signed for a period of five years, to 31 January 2024. In that period, multiple time periods for the tour guide professional training programme for Krka National Park will be organised. Information about the programme and schedule and lectures and workshops is available on the official website of the Šibenik Polytechnic (