Duration:
0.5 years full time.
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start date:
10 February 2020
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Take the first step towards a career in the fast-growing tourism industry with the Certificate III in Tourism at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course will help you to develop the knowledge necessary to operate across a range of roles within the tourism sector. You will gain essential skills in coordinating tourism services, providing visitor information and offering exceptional customer service.

Our highly-experienced teachers will assist you to gain skills in:

  • how to source and use information on the tourism and travel industry
  • providing service to customers
  • development of social and cultural sensitivity
  • how to participate in safe work practices
  • providing advice on Australian and International destinations
  • how to sell tourism products and services
  • how to use and operate a GDS (Galileo and Sabre)
  • process travel-related documents.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to work across a range of roles in the tourism industry and customer service, or continue onto further study.

Free TAFE 2020 - apply now

Eligible students won’t pay tuition fees for this course in 2020.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.

Find out more about Free TAFE.

This course is delivered through Victoria Polytechnic’s award-winning blended learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

As a travel and tourism student you will be exposed to our high-profile industry partnership, including:

  • Lancemore Group’s Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park
  • Crown Melbourne
  • TFE Hotels
  • Contiki Travel Tours
  • Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries offer career advice, academic resources and learning and IT support in relaxed lounge-like settings. You'll have access to photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including databases, e-learning content for courses, student email, student software packages and social networking tools.

VU has one of the best campus-wide WiFi networks. We also have more than 4000 computers (PCs and Apple Mac) spread across our campuses. A central IT helpdesk is also available for support.

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TAFE resources

School for the Visitor Economy

This course is part of VU's School for the Visitor Economy - a new cross-university school providing qualified graduates to Victoria's rapidly expanding tourism and hospitality sectors.

Leading research

VU’s Hospitality and Tourism Management research is among the world’s best, ranked #35 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in 2017.

Careers in tourism

The travel and tourism sector is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia. The Certificate III in Tourism offers the chance for a dynamic career across multiple roles, from product coordination to working as a travel agent. After successful completion of the course you can apply for a range of positions in the travel and tourism industry, including:

  • cellar door salesperson and guide
  • inbound tour co-ordinator
  • marine tourism assistant
  • visitor information officer
  • international corporate travel consultant
  • international online travel consultant
  • reservation sales agent (tour operator)
  • travel consultant.

Course structure

To be awarded the SIT30116 Certificate III in Tourism, a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency, comprising of:

  • four (4) core units, and;
  • eleven (11) elective units, of which:
  • six (6) elective units must be selected from one of the four combinations outlined below:
  • three (3) elective units from Group A and three (3) elective units from Group B must be selected, OR
  • six (6) elective units from Group C must be selected, OR
  • six (6) elective units from Group D must be selected, OR
  • six (6) elective units from Groups A, B, C, or E must be selected, and;
  • five (5) elective units may be selected from Groups A, B, C, D, E, elsewhere in the SIT Training Package, or any other current training package or accredited course.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use a range of well-developed tourism service, sales or operational skills and sound knowledge of industry operations to coordinate tourism services. Using discretion and judgement, they work with some independence and under limited supervision using plans, policies and procedures to guide work activities.

This qualification provides a pathway to work in many tourism industry sectors and for a diversity of employers including tour operators, inbound tour operators, visitor information centres, attractions, cultural and heritage sites, and any small tourism business.

This qualification allows for multi-skilling and for specialisation in office-based roles involving the planning and coordination of tourism services, or roles in the field where products are delivered.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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