(SIT30316) Certificate III in Guiding

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Course Duration
19 weeks
Hobart, Launceston
Intake Dates
Hobart: February; Launceston: February, July
Study Mode
Full time, on-campus
Course Fee
Additional Course Costs
English Language Requirements
IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent

Course Overview

This course is designed to teach the skills and knowledge required to perform work as an Eco-tour guide.

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, and sharing their passion for these places with the visitor. This course will teach you how to be responsible for the safety, enjoyment and education of your clients, whilst protecting the environments you work in.


Career Opportunities

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


Course Structure

This course consists of lectures, field excursions and practical activities. It combines knowledge of Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage with interpretive presentation skills, first aid, campsite catering and environmentally sustainable practices.

The course includes day and multi-day excursions to a range of national parks and sites of natural and cultural heritage significance around Tasmania.  Field study locations are subject to change but may include: Cradle Mountain, Port Arthur, Bruny Island, Maria Island, Freycinet National Park, Recherche Bay and Narawntapu National Park.

To achieve a Certificate III in Guiding, 13 units must be successfully completed:

9 Core Units
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
SITTGDE002 Work as a guide
SITTGDE004 Lead tour groups
SITTGDE005 Prepare and present tour commentaries or activities
SITTGDE006 Develop and maintain the general and regional knowledge required by guides
SITXCCS006 Provide service to customers
SITXCOM002 Show social and cultural sensitivity
SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices
SITXWHS002 Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks
4 Elective Units

Electives may vary from region to region, contact GETI Tasmania for a full list of electives.

Assessment Process

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


Entry Requirements

  • IELTS 5.5 General Training (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent


Recognition of Prior Learning

At TasTAFE we believe that the things you already know how to do should be formally recognised.

Regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of your skills and experience.  When you apply to attend TasTAFE you can ask for recognition of:

  • schooling
  • formal/informal learning
  • life experience
  • employment/work experience.

You may also be able to apply for credit transfer for units/modules that you have completed previously at another training organisation.

It is also possible to apply for credit for TasTAFE subjects if you decide to study at university.



Course information displayed on this website is subject to change.

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