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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Guiding does not have any pre-requisite courses.
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.
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.
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.
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
On campus, online and blended study environments; at TAFE NSW your learning works with your lifestyle. Heart your favourites, compare courses and discover what works for you.