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Short courses

VTP230 Kakadu Knowledge for Tour Guides

Not available to international students.



Estimated completion time: 0.5 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 6 months. Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

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

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.

Delivery and assessment resources are available online. Assessments to be submitted via online portal, practical assessment tasks / demonstrations need to be recorded and uploaded.

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 pathways

Skills 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. <br />

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

Course information flyer(s)

Entry requirements

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.

All VET International applicants are required to meet the English language proficiency for their chosen course of study.


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

Additional information

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

Select VSS for more detail about this program.

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.

Apply now for VTP230

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

Course structure

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
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


Course fees

Domestic Students
2021 Indicative fees for this course:
VET Tuition Fees: $340.00 to $499.80 (for students who are eligible and receive an NT domestic subsidised place); or
Domestic Full Fees: $400.00 to $575.00 (for domestic full fee places).

Fees will vary depending on the units that need to be completed. Refer to the course information flyer for further information.

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

VET tuition fees

NT Government subsidised places are available for this course.
2021: VET Tuition Fees for 2021 will be charged at $3.50 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2021 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents will be published in the 2021 VET Student Guide or VET Fees.
2022: VET Tuition Fees for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Fee for service

In some circumstances this course may be available as fee-for-service. Please contact the relevant team to discuss delivery charges for this program.

International Students

Apply for this Non-award course

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


You will need a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

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