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0.5 Year


This course is for people who want to work as a tour guide in a variety of tourism-related contexts such as local guides, ecotourism guides, indigenous guides and tour guides.

This qualification will provide you with a pathway to work as a guide in many tourism industry sectors, such as inbound tour operators, outbound tour wholesalers, local tour operators, or owner-operators of small tourism or travel businesses.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • Possible job titles include: cultural guide
  • heritage guide
  • interpretive guide
  • nature-based guide
  • tour director
  • tour guide
  • tour manager
  • walking guide


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from over 50 campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network, socialise and just chill out.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$8,590


LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$8,590


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


There are many scholarships, grants and bursaries which can help you financially with studying in Australia.They are offered by the Australian Government and a number of other public and private organisations.

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To receive this course students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

Note: Additional units contain compulsory and elective units which may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit.

  • Packaging Rules 17 units must be completed
  • 11 core units 6 elective units consisting of: 4 units from the list below, 2 units from the list below or elsewhere in the SIT Training Package or any other current Training Package or accredited course.
  • The selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification.
  • Core Units
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • SITTGDE002 Work as a guide
  • SITTGDE004 Lead tour groups
  • SITTGDE005 Prepare and present tour commentaries or activities
  • SITTGDE011 Coordinate and operate tours
  • SITTGDE012 Manage extended touring programs
  • SITXCSS007 Enhance customer service experiences
  • SITXCOM002 Show social and cultural sensitivity
  • SITXCOM005 Manage conflict
  • SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices
  • SITXWHS002 Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks
  • SITXCOM004 Address protocol requirements
  • SITXCRI001 Respond to a customer in crisis
  • BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • HLTAID005 Provide first aid in remote situations
  • SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITTGDE001 Interpret aspects of local Australian Indigenous culture
  • SITTGDE003 Provide arrival and departure assistance
  • SITTGDE006 Develop and maintain the general and regional knowledge required by guides
  • SITTGDE007 Research and share information on Australian Indigenous cultures
  • SITTGDE008 Prepare specialised interpretive content on flora, fauna and landscape
  • SITTGDE009 Prepare specialised interpretive content on marine environments
  • SITTGDE010 Prepare specialised interpretive content on cultural and heritage environments
  • SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills
  • SITXLAN004 Conduct complex oral communication in a language other than English
  • SITXLAN005 Read and write information in a language other than English
  • SITXLAN006 Read and write documents in a language other than English
  • BSBREL401 Establish networks
  • BSBREL402 Build client relationships and business networks
  • SITTPPD002 Develop interpretive activities
  • SITTPPD003 Coordinate and operate sustainable tourism activities
  • SITTPD004 Develop in-house recreational activities
  • SITTTOP001 Load touring equipment and supplies
  • SITTTOP002 Provide outdoor catering
  • SITTTOP003 Allocate tour or activity resources
  • SITTTOP004 Set up and operate a camp site
  • SITTTOP005 Operate tours in a remote area
  • TLIB2003 Carry out vehicle servicing and maintenance
  • TLIC1051 Operate commercial vehicle
  • TLIC2025 Operate four wheel drive vehicle
  • TLIC3042 Operate coach/bus
  • SITTSL002 Access and interpret product information
  • SITTTSL003 Provide advice on international destinations
  • SITTTSL004 Provide advice on Australian destinations
  • SITTTSL005 Sell tourism products and services
  • SITTTSL009 Process travel-related documentation
  • CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
  • SITTIND001 Source and use information on the tourism and travel industry


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


When you finish this course you may be eligible to study the Diploma R11791 or Advanced Diploma RS11563 of Travel and Tourism Management.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.