Tourism and Hospitality

SIT30316 Certificate III in Guiding

SIT30316 Certificate III in Guiding consists of a combination of lectures, field excursions and practical activities aimed at equipping students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to work as Eco-tour guides.  The course combines knowledge of Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage with interpretive presentation skills, first aid, campsite catering and environmentally sustainable practices. It includes day and multi-day excursions to a range of national parks and sites of natural and cultural heritage significance around Tasmania.

An Eco-tour Guide is someone who connects the tourist with the natural and cultural values of the places they visit. Guides do this by interpreting the special features of each place, sharing their passion for these places with the visitor, whilst minimising their impact on the environment. They are responsible for the safety and wellbeing, enjoyment and education of their clients, while at the same time protecting the environment they work in.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • A Eco-tour Guides – cruise boats, mini-bus tours, walking tours, wildlife tours, at historic sites, wilderness resorts and in national parks.

Location, dates and times

Hobart, Drysdale Campus
This course equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to work as a professional tour guide.

  • Next Intake:  2020
  • Duration:  19 weeks, 4 days per week
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Learning Options

This course is delivered on campus and in the field.  It includes day and multi-day excursions to a range of national parks and sites of natural and cultural heritage significance around Tasmania. Transport to and from field venues is provided.   Venues for excursions are subject to change.

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include:

  • assignments
  • multiple choice tests
  • practical exercises and demonstrations
  • project work
  • research projects
  • practical demonstrations of leading tour groups and bus commentaries
  • research projects on Tasmania’s flora, fauna and landscape, history and heritage
  • researching, planning and developing an interpretive tour

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

What do I need to bring?

Students are asked to dress to a standard equivalent to working in the Tourism Industry. All tour guiding students are supplied with a uniform (included in the course fees) which is to be worn on campus and on excursions.

Students to provide the following equipment:

  • Waterproof coat (full length with hood)
  • Head torch
  • Day pack
  • Backpack
  • Sturdy walking shoes/boots
  • Sleeping bag (4 seasons)
  • Insulation mat (Thermarest or similar)

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

Are there any ‘other’ costs?

Uniform:  $100  (Smitten merino zip neck)
Resources:  $64
Materials:  $49
Excursion:  $337
Total Cost:  $550

Essential Requirements

  • Possess an appropriate level of physical fitness

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course:

  • A passion for natural and cultural heritage places
  • A desire to share your knowledge and passion with other people
  • A commitment to protecting the environment
  • A desire to gain employment in the Tourism Industry
  • A strong work ethic


An interview is an important step in the entry process. It will allow you to confirm if this is the right course for you.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


SIT30316 Certificate III in Guiding.

Qualification Requirements

To successfully complete this qualification you need 9 core and 4 electives.


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