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.

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Career Opportunities

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.

Eco-tour Guides are employed on cruise boats, mini-bus tours, walking tours, wildlife tours, at historic sites, wilderness resorts and in national parks.

Dates and Times

SOUTH
Hobart, Drysdale Campus

NORTH
Launceston Campus – Drysdale

  • Next Intake:  approx. 6 February 2018
  • Information Session:  Tuesday, 21 November 2017 – 11am to 12pm
    • Venue:  Drysdale North Campus, 93 Paterson Street, Launceston
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

NORTH WEST
Devonport Campus – Drysdale

  • Next Intake:   12 February 2018
  • Duration:  4 days per week
  • Information Session:  Friday, 24 November 2017 – 10am
    • Venue:  Room A1.18, A Block, Devonport Campus, 20 Valley Road, Devonport
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Learning Options

Based at the Hobart, Drysdale Campus, Launceston Campus – Drysdale. The course 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 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 via the Drysdale Institute bus.  Venues for excursions are subject to change.

Assessment Process

If you have relevant life work experiences linked to any of our courses, you may be able to apply for Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) and/or direct Credit Transfer (CT) for relevant units. In this way you will not have to repeat what you already know.

Enquiries regarding eligibility for status should be made prior to enrolment.

Assessments will consist of a range of methods including:

  • 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

For further details please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/recognition/

Resources and Equipment

Dress Standards

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.

Equipment

  • 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 details please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/

Pre-requisites

  • Attendance at a pre-selection interview (Essential)
  • Possess an appropriate level of physical fitness
  • 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

Qualification Requirements

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

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