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Wet Tropics Tour Guide Skill Set
SIT40112 Certificate IV in Guiding
Skill Set Overview
This skill set has been developed through the support of The Wet Tropics Management Authority for existing Wet Tropics tour operators and guides who interpret the region for visitors to ensure that the World Heritage values are represented and transmitted accurately. In addition, land managers and Rainforest Aboriginal people wish to ensure that information and interpretation about the natural and cultural values of the World Heritage Area are accurate and well presented.
This online training program focuses on raising the standards for World Heritage tourism in Tropical North Queensland appropriately and with respect for the World Heritage Area and its values.
The three units of this skill set are:
Career Pathway/Employment Opportunities
This online course and participation at Wet Tropic field workshops will enable existing tour guides to acquire status as a certified Wet Tropics Tour Guide, with associated identification and marketing benefits.
The aim of this learning is to have a more accurate, relevant and up to date guiding practice for tour guides. This includes extensive research and practical guiding skills.
The program will generate a dynamic interpretive resource that matches the World Heritage Area's status. It will enable guides to accurately articulate the historical, cultural and environmental core features upon which the region's World Heritage listing was granted.
Who will benefit from this course?
Existing tour guides of The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area who wish to gain certification as a Wet Tropics Tour Guide and who already have experience and knowledge of the area. Existing Tour Guides who wish to gain employment in The Wet Tropics Area that already have experience as a guide, and wish to increase their knowledge.
The accuracy and depth of knowledge gained through this skill set, which is specifically focussed on The Wet Tropics will raise the standard practised by existing tour guides to ensure the visitor experience to this region is raised and is consistent across the board.
Access and Equity
Industry Accreditation is committed to integrating Access and Equity principles within all our services that we provide to our clients. All staff recognises the rights of learners and provides information, advice and support that are consistent with our Code of Practice. Learners have the right to learn in an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment and to be treated in a fair and considerate manner, regardless of:
Options to suit your individual needs
A selection of learning pathways are available to suit the individuals' requirements, such as recognition of prior learning, direct credit transfers for some previously obtained units of competency, assessment only pathway, or the course can be tailored specifically for individual tour operators.
Delivery Methods and Study Options
This skill set is delivered flexibly through on line access. A full PDF of the course and all links are also provided in paper base form for any learner with internet access issues.
Learners are also supported through the use of email, Skype and telephone. Practical face to face assistance is also offered in the field for learners requiring additional assistance.
There are no fixed enrolment dates, learners enrol and commence the course at a time and place suitable.
For recognition or prior learning (RPL) please refer to the section below titled: Recognition of Prior Learning.
Once enrolled, learners have 3 months to complete the course. We estimate each unit to take approximately between 50 to 80 hours (including assessment) to complete, however this is variable depending on the depth of previous knowledge and tourism experience.
Prerequisites including Language Literacy and Numeracy Requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however it is preferred that learners have:
We recommend learners read Industry Accreditation Students' Handbook to ensure awareness of rights and responsibilities as a student.
Options to suit your individual needs
Assessments require learners to apply their knowledge and skills within a fictional or actual tour, based in The Wet Tropics.
The practical assessments are to take place within The Wet Tropics, however for guides that cannot access this area, a video tape of a guiding commentary, with clients and props will be accepted.
Types of assessment tasks take the form of:
Learners have 3 attempts at each assessment task and will be provided with constructive feedback and direction on each attempt.
If the learner is not happy with any of the results from the marking of the assessments, they have the right to apply for reassessment as per Industry Accreditation policy.
Exemption for previous study, where a statement of attainment or certificate has been issued from accredited RTO's such as: Schools, TAFE, University, private RTO's, colleges or other educational institutions is recognised by Industry Accreditation.
Certified copies of the original evidence must accompany your application as well as proof of currency, e.g. resume or detail of referee as per Industry Accreditation policies.
Recognition of Prior Learning
If learners feel that they already have competence in any of the units within this qualification, they may apply to have the skills recognised through the RPL process, as outlined in the Industry Accreditation RPL Policy.
Mapping guides and information are provided in all courses as well as on the website. All evidence must accompany the application-mapping guides as per Industry Accreditation RPL policy which is detailed in the student handbook.
Evidence of work experience can be used in your RPL application. A formal interview also forms part of your RPL process
Industry Accreditation has a refund policy which is clearly defined in the student handout. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they are aware of and fully understand the conditions they must abide by once they have enrolled with Industry Accreditation.
Evaluation surveys will be provided to all clients and their employers to determine the effectiveness of the training to include the delivery and assessment methods.
All feedback will be collated and discussed at the Industry Accreditation management meetings to determine actions to be taken.
For more information about this course please contact Industry Accreditation on: Phone: 07 40 55 05 93