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VTP229 Uluru & Kata Tjuta Knowledge for Tour Guides


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Alice Springs

Estimated completion time: 0.5 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.

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Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Tour Guide

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Online Tour Guide Accreditation course
Welcome to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Online Tour Guide Accreditation course information.

As part of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Plan of management 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 Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has been developed.

Parks Australia advised that from 1 April 2011 it will become a permit requirement for all commercial tour operators that any guides leading tours within Uluru-Kata Tjuta 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, Anangu traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the tourism industry have been involved in developing the course, which has been endorsed by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park 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 & pathways

Skills recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.
This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact VET RPL Enquiries on 1800 238 838 or email

Credit Transfer
Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.
In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


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 SIT30116 Certificate III in Tourism, SIT30316 Certificate III in Guiding, or higher level qualifications from the SIT Training Package.

Entry requirements

CDU Entry Requirements - 2019

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

A pre-enrolment process to establish suitability to undertake the course and to determine support requirements will be conducted, which will include a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment.

Course fees

Fees will depend on units taken and the different teaching periods available. Please refer to the relevant course information flyer or contact the VET team for further information.

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

VET tuition fees

This course is subsidised by the NT Government.
2019: Information about 2019 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents is available 2019 VET Fees VET Tuition Fees for 2019 will be charged at $3.20 per nominal hour for subsidised training.
2020: Information about 2020 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents will be published as soon as it is available.

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.

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

  • 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: Alice Springs,

    Study Mode: Internal, Mixed mode
    Some components of this qualification may be available in other modes of delivery and not all modes are available at all locations.

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

Contact details

Tourism and Hospitality (Central)
Location: Alice Springs Campus
Phone: 08 8959 5468
Fax: 08 8959 5240

Course structure

To achieve the Vocational Training Program - VTP229 Uluru & Kata Tjuta Knowledge for Tour Guides a total of THREE (3) units of competency must be completed as listed below. Students will be issued with a 'Statement of Attainment' upon the successful completion.

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 127.

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
SITTGDE007 Research and share general information on Australian Indigenous cultures 80
SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices 12
SITXCCS002 Provide visitor information 35
  Total nominal hours for this training program 127


How to apply for this Non-award course

Please complete the VET application form for the process.

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