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The Certificate I in Tourism (Australian Indigenous Culture) is a course that provides an opportunity to study and gain on the job practical skills in one of Australia’s leading tourism environments.

Course Structure

Course Dates

Expressions of Interest Open

Expression of Interest Close

25 week course

Weekly classroom lessons on Thursdays 12.00pm to 4.00pm

Feb 2019

Terms 1-3



Course Information

This qualification provides a pathway to work in a range of job roles in the tourism industry in organisations with an Indigenous focus. These include tour operators or operators of a site or cultural or heritage center. Individuals may have a very specific role, as an Australian Indigenous person or other individual approved by local elders to share aspects of their culture with visitors in a formal or informal way. 

This course is a Stage 5 VET/ Board Endorsed course applicable to year 10 students as a Record of School Achievement (RoSA). It is a combination of in-class study and practical on site work experience activities.

  • Duration: The course is run across 25 weeks, commencing in February – September (Terms 1-3), not including school holidays.
  • Course Structure: This course includes a combination of in-class study and practical on site activities at Taronga Zoo 
  • Classroom sessions: Classroom lessons are held one day a week - Thursdays, 12.00pm- 4.00pm,
  • Study Load: The Certificate I Tourism course provide 6 units of competency
  • Course Location: Classroom sessions are conducted at Taronga Training Institute - Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
Course Entry Requirements
  • Students are expected to attend all classroom lessons.
  • Students must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen residing in Australia for at least 6 months prior to commencement in the course.
  • Students must be able to make their own way to and from Taronga Zoo. Public Transport is available to the zoo by trains, ferries or buses.
  • Students must have written permission from their school principal/careers advisor to participate in the course
  • Students must have written permission from a parent/guardian to participate in the course
  • Students are required to wear the provided Taronga Training Institute Uniform and enclosed footwear at all times when attending Taronga.
  • Students should bring a laptop computer (preferable) or tablet computer to classes if possible
Units of Competency

Core Units

SITTGDE001 Interpret aspects of local Australian Indigenous culture

SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices

Elective Units

SITXCCS001 Provide Customer Information and assistance

SITXCOM001 Source and present information

BSBCMM101 Apply basic communication skills

SITXCOM002 Show social and cultural sensitivity

Note: All 6 units (core and elective) must be completed to gain the Certificate I Tourism (Australian Indigenous Culture)


Upon successful completion of SIT10116 Certificate I in Tourism (Australian Indigenous Culture), continuous study options are available, including Certificate II in Tourism (SIT20116) and Certificate III in Tourism (SIT30116). For further pathways, please see our full list of accredited training.


Please refer to EVET and contact your school for further information on registering your interest and costs.

Course fee includes student uniform T-Shirt and Jumper and all course materials. 

Application Process

If you are not in Year 10 or have completed school please <click here> to register your Expression of Interest for an enrollment application

If you are still attending school

  • An initial expression of interest must be submitted by your schoolvia the EVET system on behalf of the student. Please noteexpressions of interests/applications will not be accepted in any other form.
  • Enrolment in this course needs to be coordinated with the students’ school.
  • Entry Requirements: Students will be required to submit further documentation, upon request. Students must meet the selection criteria and demonstrate good English skills, both written and verbal, and basic numeracy skills.
  • Applicants will be required to complete an enrolment form in due course. This will be forwarded to the Student by their school once a formal offer of a position has been made by Taronga Training Institute.

Important: Acceptance into the course will be based on merit (subject to students meeting minimum entry requirements) and is NOT first in first served.



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