International Course Info

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Course fee:

A$8,590 - A$9,440


0.5 Year


The Certificate IV in Guiding equips you with the skills and knowledge to work as a tour manager or director in areas like heritage, cultural, natural or general tourism.

Develop your confidence in crafting and presenting group activities and learn valuable practical skills from teachers experienced in leading tour groups both around Australia and internationally.

TAFE NSW has been specialising in delivering quality trained guides for over 20 years. We have an established reputation as a leading provider of guiding training, having previously won a prestigious Destination NSW Gold award and several National Travel Industry awards.

Graduates go on to work as guides 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.


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Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Coordinate and operate tour groups
  • Schedule and supervise extended touring programs
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Demonstrate social and cultural sensitivity
  • Participate in safe work practices through identifying and controlling safety risks


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Leading tour groups
  • Preparing and presenting commentaries and activities
  • Managing conflict
  • Providing First Aid
  • Referring to and implementing industry policies and procedures


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • Patience
  • Initiative
  • Excellent communication skills
  • People management and customer service skills
  • Complex problem solving skills
  • A knack for storytelling
  • Curiosity about in-depth subjects


Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism industry accounted for more than 320 million jobs worldwide. Leisure travel is expected to lead the comeback, presenting opportunities for those in the industry.

Key areas of growth include Ecotourism, sustainable travel, niche travel markets like adventure travel and health and wellness tours, digital technologies, touchless service delivery, mobile apps and robotics.


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.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you require may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

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

  • A passion for sharing cultural, historic, artistic or natural information and history
  • An interest in managing other tour guides
  • Confidence in establishing a network of connections and collaborative businesses
  • An interest in educating a diverse range of people
  • Confidence in performing public speaking tasks and leading group engagement activities
  • Adequate fitness and mobility to deliver First Aid, like performing CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) while kneeling on the floor

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

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


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$8,590
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$9,440


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


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units 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 at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • 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, elsewhere in the SIT Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • SITTGDE014 Work as a guide
  • SITTGDE016 Lead tour groups
  • SITTGDE017 Prepare and present tour commentaries or activities
  • SITTGDE023 Coordinate and operate tours
  • SITTGDE024 Manage extended touring programs
  • SITXCCS015 Enhance customer service experiences
  • SITXCOM007 Show social and cultural sensitivity
  • SITXCOM010 Manage conflict
  • SITXWHS005 Participate in safe work practices
  • SITXWHS006 Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks
  • SITTGDE013 Interpret aspects of local Australian Indigenous culture
  • SITTGDE015 Provide arrival and departure assistance
  • SITTGDE018 Develop and maintain the general and regional knowledge required by guides
  • SITTGDE019 Research and share information on Australian Indigenous cultures
  • SITTGDE020 Prepare specialised interpretive content on flora, fauna and landscape
  • SITTPPD013 Develop interpretive activities
  • SITTIND003 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.


Build your expertise with a TAFE NSW Travel and Tourism study pathway:


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.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.