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Welcome to Kakadu knowledge for tour guides course information.

As part of 'A Shared Vision for Tourism in Kakadu National Park (.pdf)', which includes "enriching and memorable experiences for visitors and a strong and successful partnership between traditional owners, governments and the tourism industry...", an entry-level course providing tour guides with essential information about Kakadu has been developed.

Parks Australia advised that from 1 April 2008 it will become a permit requirement for all commercial tour operators that any guides leading tours within Kakadu National Park have successfully completed the course. Details of individual guide's certification details will be recorded on the commercial permit application and enforcement of this condition will be carried out in the Park from the commencement of the permit period.

The entry-level training and assessment will cover the key areas of visitor safety, understanding the park's natural and cultural values and history, and minimising environmental impact and legal compliance.

Park staff, Bininj/Mungguy (traditional owners of Kakadu) and the tourism industry have been involved in developing the course, which has been endorsed by the Kakadu Board of Management.

In developing the training program, Parks Australia and Charles Darwin University worked with tour operators and guides to ensure that the delivery of the course is tailored to the business and operational needs of the tourism industry.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors include:
>Cultural guide
>Heritage guide
>Historical guide
>Interpretive guide
>Site guide
>Tour guide

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Skills recognition is not applicable to this course. CDU's short courses are highly targeted courses designed to help you improve a specific skill. They will help you improve your career prospects, maintain currency in your field, or allow you to try out something completely new.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Further training pathways from this qualification include but are not limited to VTP229 Uluru & Kata Tjuta Knowledge for Tour Guides.


2022 Course fee for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place is $499.80 OR $340.00 (with completed VTP229 Uluru & Kata Tjuta Knowledge for Tour Guides), and for students who are not eligible is $575.00 OR $425.00 (with completed VTP229 Uluru & Kata Tjuta Knowledge for Tour Guides).

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What will I study?

To achieve the Vocational Training Program - VTP230 Kakadu Knowledge for Tour Guides a total of THREE (3) units of competency must be completed as listed below. This training program covers 3 units of competency taken from the SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package, which is recognised nationwide.

Course structure

Students will be issued with a 'Statement of Attainment' upon the successful completion.

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 147.

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
SITTGDE001Interpret aspects of local Australian Indigenous culture100
SITXWHS001Participate in safe work practices12
SITXCCS002Provide visitor information35
 Total nominal hours for this training program147


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however students will be required to complete a learner support indicator to determine any learner support requirements.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

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Course details


This is a non-award course and a Statement of Attainment will be issued for nationally recognised units of competency successfully completed.

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Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Online

Study Mode: Self-paced online

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Tour Guide
Area of study
Tourism and Hospitality

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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