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Want to get recognised to work as a Tour Guide?

Have you been working as a guide for a number of years but have no formal qualifications? It is possible to receive this qualification by assessing your current skills and knowledge.  This is done by reviewing your employment history and references, personal interviews and if required practical demonstrations. Course details

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Entry requirements

A sound achievement in Year 10 Science, Maths, and English is desirable.  Mature age applicants are welcome.

Resources required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course. However, it is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.


Please note, this qualification is only currently offered as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), therefore you must have evidence of sufficient industry experience.


To complete the Certificate IV in Guiding, student must successfully complete 17 units (11 core units and 6 elective units)


SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices Core
SITTIND001 Source and use information on the tourism and travel industry Core
SITTTSL002 Access and interpret product information Core
SITXCOM002 Show social and cultural sensitivity Core
SITXCCS007 Enhance customer service experiences Core
BSBREL402 Build client relationships and business networks Elective
SITXCOM005 Manage conflict Core
SITTGDE005 Prepare and present tour commentaries or activities Core
SITTGDE010 Prepare specialised interpretive content on cultural and heritage environments Elective
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Core
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Elective
SITXWHS002 Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks Core
SITTGDE004A Lead tour groups Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my payment options?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland North has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 656 959. We're here to help.

Prices are subject to change.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


SIT40216 Certificate IV in Guiding. This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use a broad range of specialist guiding skills combined with a substantial depth of subject matter knowledge to deliver tours. They operate independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems.

This qualification provides a pathway to work as a guide in many tourism industry sectors. Guides at this level usually conduct tours that involve multiple products, services and sites involving the management of tour logistics. They are employed or contracted by inbound tour operators, outbound tour wholesalers, local tour operators, or they may be owner-operators of small tourism or travel businesses.

Possible job titles include:

  • cultural guide
  • heritage guide
  • interpretive guide
  • nature-based guide
  • tour director
  • tour guide
  • tour manager
  • walking guide

Job prospects

  • Tour manager
  • Tour Guide

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

All done? Then you're ready to enrol

All done? Then head to the link below to complete your enrolment:

Enrolment options

By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 12 December 2016

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