Course Type:
Accredited Course; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
Online (With on-campus workshops)
6 months
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Course Overview

Looking for a career that's exciting and always changing? Then a Certificate III in Tourism is the ideal starting place for a career in the tourism and travel industry!

This course will prepare you for work in many different roles for a diverse range of employers, including travel agencies, tour wholesalers, tour operators, inbound tour operators, tourist attractions, visitor information centres, accommodation and other tourism businesses.

It will also help you understand how the tourism industry operates and give you the essential skills needed to work in the industry. You will learn skills and knowledge in:

  • Tourism services
  • Retail and wholesale sales
  • Tourism reservations
  • Industry operations
  • Tour commentaries
  • Preparing quotes
  • Visitor information services
  • Providing advice on Australian destinations

Taught online over 9-months, your learning is all self-directed and flexible. We do recommend 2.5 hours per day, with scheduled facilitated online learning days and scheduled face-to-face classes for excursions.

And when you complete this course, there is no limit to where you can go. You might find yourself working in hotels and resorts, retail travel, tour guiding, visitor information services, tourist attractions and inbound tour operations, just to name a few!

You might even like to take your studies further by completing a Certificate IV Travel and Tourism, a Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management, or an Advanced Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management. All these courses will allow you to work and earn in the industry you love while learning new skills to enhance your employment opportunities.

Go on, take the step and enrol in an exciting future that can take you wherever your dreams dare to go.

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.


Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 9.00am-12.00pm.

Please note: scheduled Self directed learning days can be completed flexibly with an expectation 2.5 hours per day, scheduled facilitated online learning days will be delivered between 9.00am-12.00pm, scheduled face to face classes will be delivered between 9.00am-4.00pm for excursions.

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Tourism.

Career Opportunities

Possible job titles include;

  • Adventure tourism guide
  • Attendant or senior ride operator in an attraction or theme park
  • Booking agent
  • Cellar door salesperson and guide in a winery
  • Customer service agent
  • Guide and salesperson in an Indigenous cultural centre
  • Inbound tour coordinator
  • Marine tourism guide or dive tour operator
  • Museum attendant
  • Operations consultant for a tour operator
  • Reservations sales agent
  • Sales consultant
  • Visitor information officer

Opportunities for Further Study

  • SIT40116 Certificate IV Travel and Tourism (Not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)
  • SIT50116 Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management (Not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)
  • SIT60116 Advanced Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management (not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

It is expected that the leaner has a self interest in the Tourism and Travel industry.  It is preferable if the learner is actively seeking employment in a paid or voluntary role , either casual, part time or full time, with the aspiration of working within the Tourism and travel industry.

Access to computers will be made available to learners while on campus for face to face delivery. For learners wishing to complete their self directed learning from a flexible location, such as their home, it is advised that they have access to:

  • a computer running an operating system that’s current and supported (like Windows 10), and reliable high-speed internet access.
  • a built in camera or webcam
  • built in microphone and speakers or an external microphone and headset.
  • Zoom webinar free software

Whether you're using a desktop, laptop, or tablet, you’ll be online for several hours a week:

  • Accessing study materials like online webinar recordings and eBooks.
  • Using library databases and the internet for research.
  • Taking notes and preparing your assessments.
  • Communicating with your lecturers, tutors, support staff, and other students.

To make the most of your online learning experience, you should already have a good working knowledge of:

  • basic computer skills
  • word processing
  • emailing
  • web browsing

And here’s a handy hint: grab an external drive such as a usb or use cloud storage to back up your work.

Limitations to entry

The students must have the ability to be able to work independently at times in order to complete theory and assessments during scheduled self directed learning days.

Covid–19 Vaccination
All students required to attend on-site learning must be fully vaccinated in line with TAFE Gippsland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Exceptions apply for valid medical reasons and students studying secondary school subjects.


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Online requirement

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Course Cost

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Not Applicable for this course

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Pathway to Industry Licence

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Material and Equipment supplied by students

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Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Course units
SITTTSL011 Source Airfares for Domestic Flights  
SITTTSL003 Provide Advice on International Destinations  
SITTTSL006 Prepare quotations
SITTGDE005 Prepare and present tour commentaries or activities
SITTIND001 Source and use information on the tourism and travel industry
SITTTSL002 Access and interpret product information
SITXCCS006 Provide service to customers
SITTTSL005 Sell tourism products and services
SITXCCS002 Provide visitor information
SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices
SITXCOM002 Show social and cultural sensitivity
SITTTSL004 Provide advice on Australian destinations
SITTTSL007 Process reservations
SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills
SITTGDE002 Work as a guide


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