Aboriginal Discovery Host with Nura Diya Tour

Mid-year enrolments commencing in July 2014 close 30th April 2014. 

This qualification is for people who want to have a career in the wildlife tourism industry and provides students with fundamental skills in tourism services, sales and operations.

In conjunction with completing the Certificate III Students will work alongside Taronga’s Learning and Experience team to gain relevant skills in the fields of tourism education, interpretation and guiding.

Government Funded Positions are available.

On completion of this course participants will receive a Certificate III in Tourism. Employment opportunities may include:

  • Zoos, wildlife parks,theme parks (attractions attendant, retail assistance, guest services, discovery host)
  • Guiding (tour guide, specialist guide, activities coordinator, ranger)
  • Visitor Information Services (bookings, visitor information officer)
  • Tourism operations (museum attendant, office assistance)

Enrolment form available now: click here

Selection criteria available now: click here

Course Information

[collapse collapsed title=Start Date]The mid-year 2014 intake is scheduled to commence Monday 7th July 2014 (date subject to change).[/collapse]

[collapse collapsed title=Duration]The internship is part-time, running for 6 months. Theory lessons are held two days per week (Mondays and Thursdays, 8.30am - 4pm each day). Students are required to attend a practical component one day per fortnight. Interns will also be required to undertake some course work in their own time, including visiting a range of different Tourism organisations. [/collapse]

[collapse collapsed title=Course Location]The course classroom sessions and majority of practical placements are conducted at Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman NSW Australia.[/collapse]

[collapse collapsed title=Units of Competency]

Core Units

SITXWHS101 Participate in safe work practices

SITTIND201 Source and use information on the tourism and travel industry

SITXCCS303 Provide service to customers

SITXCOM201 Show social and cultural sensitivity

Elective Units

SITXCCS201 Provide visitor information

SITXCOM202 Provide a briefing or scripted commentary

SITTGDE303 Lead tour groups

SITTGDE304 Prepare and present tour commentaries and activities

SITTGDE309 Prepare specialised interpretive content on cultural and heritage environments

BSBSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

HLTFA311A Apply First Aid

SIRXSLS201 Sell products and services

SITXHRM301 Coach others in job skills

ACMGAS201A Work in the animal care industry

ACMGAS102A Catch and handle a range of quiet animals

Note: All 15 units (core and elective) must be completed to gain the Certificate III Tourism.[/collapse]

[collapse collapsed title=Pathways]Upon successful completion of SIT30112 Certificate III in Tourism, further study options may be available external to Taronga Training Institute, including SIT40112 Certificate IV Guiding, SIT50112 Diploma of Travel and Tourism.[/collapse]


Funding Options and Eligibility Criteria

[collapse collapsed title=Course Cost]For eligible participants, this training is funded by the NSW Government in partnership with the Commonwealth Government. An enrolment fee of $345 is payable by successful, eligible applicants.The number of funded positions is limited - interested applicants should not delay in submitting their application. 

A number of full fee-paying positions are available, at the course fee of $2220, to interested people who do not meet the eligibility requirements for a funded position. [/collapse]

[collapse collapsed title=Fee Paying Position]Based on the Taronga Training Institute's current accredition, to study with us a student must be:

  • An Australian Citizen or a foreign national with Australian permanent residency or a New Zealand passport holder who has been resident in Australia for at least six months.
  • 16 years of age or older
  • Able to pay the course fee of $2220 in full at the time of acceptance of a position in the course[/collapse]

[collapse collapsed title=Government Funded Position]Based on the Taronga Training Institute's current accreditation, to study with us AND meet the eligibility criteria of a funded position a student must be:

  • An Australian Citizen or foreign national with Australian permanent residency or a New Zealand passport holder who has been resident in Australia for at least six months or an Humanitarian refugee AND
  • You have not completed tertiary education to Certificate III level or higher in any field of education AND
  • 16 years of age or older AND
  • A NSW resident or a person who works in NSW. AND
  • Able to pay the enrolment fee of $345 in full at the time of acceptance of a position in the course.
  • Plus EITHER of the following:
  • Applicant is employed fulltime and will have been in fulltime employment for a minimum of 3 months as at the start date of the course; OR
  • Applicant is employed part time and will have been in part time employment for a minimum of 12 months as at the start date of the course[/collapse]


Application Process

[collapse collapsed title=Entry Requirements]Interns must meet the selection criteria and demonstrate good English skills, both written and verbal, and basic numeracy skills.[/collapse]

[collapse collapsed title=How to Apply]To apply for the Learning and Experience Internship download and complete the Learning and Experience Application Form: click here and the selection criteria: click here and email it to ttienrolments@zoo.nsw.gov.au [/collapse]


Questions? Visit our FAQ to see the answers to many common questions.