National code: SIT30322

    Certificate III in Guiding

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Embark on a career that blends your passion for travel with your love of sharing cultural, historic or natural knowledge. Lead tour groups and acquire skills in working with a diverse range of people, which you can carry impressively in your career.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Lead tour groups

    • Present commentaries and activities

    • Show social and cultural sensitivity

    • Maintain general and regional knowledge

    • Provide customer service and assistance

    • Participate in safe work and sustainable practices

    Course outcomes

    Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

    • A nationally accredited qualification at a Certificate III level

    • A pathway to further study in travel and tourism

    • Skills to prepare and present tours and associated activities to customers

    • Exposure to industry peers and a network of professional connections

    • Eligibility to apply for a first aid certificate and affiliate membership to the Institute of Australian Tour Guides

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

    Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

    • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

    Entry recommendations

    To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • A passion for sharing cultural, historic, artistic or natural information and history

    • Interests in engaging with, managing and educating a diverse range of people

    • Confidence with public speaking and leading group engagement activities

    • Adequate fitness and mobility to deliver first aid, like performing 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on an adult and infant manikin on the floor, and to respond to emergency situations

    • A love of working outdoors in changing environments

    • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level


    • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test. This helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

    TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like: cultural or heritage tour guide, historical tour guide, museum tour guide, nature-based site tour guide, walking tour guide and winery tour guide.


    NSW Liquor and Gaming regulations require students to be at least 16 years old if they undertake units that involve the service of alcohol. However, you need to be at least 18 years old to work in the industry. Students who complete the RSA will enable you to apply for a competency card from NSW Liquor and Gaming allowing you to serve or supply alcohol and/or work with gaming machines.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    Previous study0 Courses

    Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

    The Certificate III in Guiding does not have any pre-requisite courses.

    Related study4 Courses

    Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

    Your experience counts

    At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Guiding qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 13 units of competency, including 9 core and 4 speciality units.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

    • Provide First AidHLTAID011

    • Work as a guideSITTGDE014

    • Lead tour groupsSITTGDE016

    • Prepare and present tour commentaries or activitiesSITTGDE017

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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