Skill Set in Guiding

Course code SIT30316
Start date(s) July
Course lengthPart time: 9 weeks including 2 Saturdays
Campus City - St Kilda Rd
Study mode Part time
International course No
  • Course Overview

    Melbourne has been rated the world's most liveable city for five years in a row and with its famous lane ways and coffee culture it continues to be an aspirational destination for tourists from around the world. Tourism remains one of the most important industries in our state's economy and continues to grow.

    Melbourne is about to embark on another busy inbound cruise season, with one cruise ship arriving per day during the peak period.Tour guides were in demand during the 2016/2017 season to show cruise passengers and other travelers around the many tourism attractions both within Melbourne and in regional Victoria.

    This skills set will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to facilitate local and regional tours while awarding you nationally accredited units of competency.

    Whilst updating your knowledge of Melbourne and Victoria, you will learn how to effectively manage and entertain a tour group and provide them with first rate commentary.

    The program will be delivered at our city campus on St Kilda Road, (opposite the Shrine of Remembrance). There will be a number of off-campus activities including four full day excursion to ensure you get the hands on experience required to be industry ready. The skill set is taught by leading well-connected tour guiding professionals who are currently working in the industry.

  • Course Structure


    Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.


    SITTGDE002Work as a Guide
    SITTGDE004Lead Tour Groups
    SITTGDE005Prepare and Present Tour Commentaries or Activities
    SITXCOM002Show Social and Cultural Sensitivity
    SITXWHS001Participate in safe work practices
    SITTGDE003Provide Arrival and Departure Assistance
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.


    There are no formal prerequisites for this course.

    However you are required to have the following attributes:

    • Mature attitude and approach to study
    • Good communication, organisational and technical skills
    • Ability and desire to work face to face with customers
    • Smart presentation and grooming
    • Ability to work well under pressure, and within a team environment.

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    Upon successfully completing this 6 unit skills set, you will be eligible to receive the nationally endorsed units of competency from the SIT30316 Certificate III in Guiding.


    Commencing in October 2017 you will have an opportunity to undertake the final 7 units of competency to complete the full SIT30316 Certificate III in Guiding qualification.

    Career Opportunities

    • Tour guide
    • Nature-based site guide
    • Cultural guide
    • Walking tour guide
    • Museum guide
  • Dates

    Course Commencement

    The Skills Set runs from Tuesday 18 July to Thursday 14 September 2017


    This Skills Set course will be delivered on Tuesday and Thursday nights 5.30 - 9.30 pm. 

    Additionally, attendance will be required on two Saturdays, 5th and 26th August (dates may vary) to undertake practical off campus guiding activities..

  • How to Apply


    Apply directly to Holmesglen if you are a:

    • Part time student

    Apply online now

    The application process takes approximately 5 minutes and at this stage, you do not need to provide any documentation.

    To apply offline, contact the department directly using the details below. Your application will be reviewed by the faculty and you will be contacted within 2 working days. For further information on the full application process, including how to accept your offer, complete enrolment and make payment, visit How to Apply.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    Tourism and Events Department
    03 9564 1699


    Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf the of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

    Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.

  • Fees

    Program Fees


    Fees data is currently unavailable for this program. Please contact the department for current fees for this program.

    Tourism and Events Department
    03 9564 1699

Travel & Tourism Open Days

  • 21Sep

    Visit us on Open Day to find out how to kick start your career in travel. You'll get to see our special tourism training room and we'll talk you through the skills and knowledge you'll learn, throughout your studies, essential for working in the exciting tourism industry. Whether you're thinking of studying at either our Moorabbin or Waverley campus, information in this session will be relevant to you.

    You can also come along to find out more about our VET in Schools course, the Certificate III in Tourism. Our experienced teachers will provide you with information on how we can support you to successfully complete units towards your Year 11 and Year 12 studies as well as highlight future study pathways and career opportunities.

    - , Thu 21 Sep - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Waverley Campus, 595 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley, Vic Australia