Certificate III in Guiding

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

This qualification is part of the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package. It provides a pathway to work as a guide in many tourism industry sectors. Guides at this level usually work in particular areas or sites, including attractions, cultural and heritage sites, tourist precincts, marine and national parks, wineries, or on board day or extended cruise vessels. It reflects the role of individuals who use well-developed guiding skills combined with a substantial depth of subject matter knowledge to deliver tours. They work with some independence and under limited supervision using discretion and judgement to resolve problems.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must be employed in, or have access to a suitable tour guiding workplace environment.


13 units: 9 core; 4 elective

Subjects you can Study:

Core: Provide service to customers; Develop and maintain the general and regional knowledge required by guides; Show social and cultural sensitivity; Prepare and present tour commentaries or activities; Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks; Lead tour groups; Work as a guide; plus more. Electives: Conduct a product tasting for alcoholic beverages; Interpret aspects of local Australian Indigenous culture; Conduct routine oral communication in a language other than English; Provide advice on Australian destinations; plus more.

Related Careers:

Tour Guide,
Campus Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Alice Springs No Part time 1 year
Katherine Town Centre
Katherine Rural
Nhulunbuy Campus
Alice Springs No Full time 0.5 year
Tennant Creek Centre
Palmerston No Part time 1 year
Jabiru Centre
CDU Sydney
Palmerston No Full time 0.5 year
CDU Waterfront Darwin
Charles Darwin University is the major tertiary education and vocational education and training institution in the Northern Territory.

Originally established as a tertiary institution in 1974, it became the Northern Territory University in 1989 and Charles Darwin University in 2003.

The main University campus is located at Casuarina in Darwin with campuses at Alice Springs, Katherine and Palmerston. VET courses are also offered at Jabiru, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Yulara Centres as well as at various remote community centres.

The University provides multi-sector education with Senior Secondary, VET, Higher Education and Research facilities.

CDU also deliver a number of courses through the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE), which is a joint initiative between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE). The three main sites for delivery will be at the main ACIKE Hub CDU Casuarina campus and at the BIITE campuses at Batchelor and the Alice Springs Desert Peoples' Centre.

Provider CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

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