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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.
Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors include:
Credit transfers and advanced standing
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.
Credit transfers and advanced standing
Credit transfer, or advanced standing, is awarded based on previous relevant studies completed successfully within the past seven years.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process of advanced standing where credit is granted based upon the assessment of a student's prior formal, non-formal and informal learning (or a combination thereof) to determine the extent to which the student has achieved the required learning outcomes of a specified unit.
To apply for credit transfer or RPL, you must apply to study at CDU and submit the relevant supporting documents including:
- HE113 Application for Exemption Form (PDF, 216.84 KB)
- Official Academic Record (Academic transcript and award certificates)
- Unit outlines or syllabus matching time-frame of studies. Unit outlines must be specific to the teaching period in which the unit was undertaken and must include:
- learning outcomes
- assessment items
- resources required and institutional identifiers (web links are not accepted, these must be converted to PDF prior to submission)
Please make sure you submit all the required documents with your application to ensure processing time is reduced.
2023 course fees:
- For eligible NT resident students who receive an NT Domestic supported place the fee is $499.80 for entire program or $340.00 for the single unit SITTGDE001.
- For interstate students or students who are NOT eligible for an NT Domestic supported place there is a flat fee of $575.00 for the full program or $425.00 for the single unit SITTGDE001.
International VET Package
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- Online learners receive the same support as their on-campus peers
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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.
Students will be issued with a 'Statement of Attainment' upon the successful completion.
The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 147.
|Code||Module/Unit of Competency||Hours|
|CORE UNITS OF COMPETENCY|
|SITTGDE001||Interpret aspects of local Australian Indigenous culture||100|
|SITXWHS001||Participate in safe work practices||12|
|SITXCCS002||Provide visitor information||35|
|Total nominal hours for this training program||147|
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.
English language requirements
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This is a non-award course and a Statement of Attainment will be issued for nationally recognised units of competency successfully completed.
Location and study mode
Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.
Study Mode: Self-paced online
Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.
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