Advanced Certificate in Tourism

A comprehensive leisure industry course with a strong focus on tourism. Learn a range of skills such as provision of tours, ecotourism, event management, arranging services, organising hotel accommodation and overseeing tourist welfare.

Course CodeVTR023
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate

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Focus Your Career on the Tourism Industry

This course is suitable for those wanting to start a career in hospitality or those looking to consolidate their position. Graduates may gain employment in tourism and hospitality sectors.  It offers a sound foundation for a career in hospitality or tourism, either managing your own small business or in middle management in a larger organisation.

This course is designed with a global focus, to provide graduates with the best possible start in their career.



Your Career in Hospitality and Tourism Starts here!Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  • This is a course that is easily studied on the go.

  • How can we help you to achieve your dream job?

Enrol in this comprehensive study progrfam and gain knowledge that will help you to succeed in this exciting field.

What does this course of study give to you?

Knowledge in:

  • Food and Beverage Service       

  • Tourism

  • Ecotourism

  • Hotel Management

  • Sales  Management 
  • Plus a whole lot more!

Studies can be undertaken wherever you are - whether working on a cruise ship, an isolated island resort or a big city hotel or restaurant or even if you are not working in this field as yet.

  • Gain practical skills and useful knowledge

  • Save money, time and hassle by studying at home

  • Study at your own pace

  • Enjoy your work with passion and confidence.

  • Learn hotel management, tourism, ecotourism, event management and more

Are you suited to this course?

  • You are if you want to start a career in hospitality or tourism.

  • You are if you want to further your existing career.

  • You are if you want to manage your hospitality/tourism own business.

  • You are if you want to work in middle management in a larger organisation.

This course is designed with a global focus, to provide graduates with the best possib le start in their career.


You must successfully complete assignments and pass exams in 8 modules and complete Research Project 1. Ideally, one of your electives should be the Industry Project. Exam fees are extra, please see here for more information.

The Industry Project can be in the form of industry meetings (100 hrs attendance at work experience, seminars, conferences, trade shows or other events or meetings considered valuable as a networking and learning experience).


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Tourism.
 Food & Beverage Management BTR102
 Research Project I BGN102
 Sales Management BBS102
 Tourism 1 BTR103
 Hotel Management BTR202
 Tourism II Special Interest Tourism BTR204
 Ecotourism Tour Guide Course BTR301
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 12 modules.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Bookkeeping Foundations (Bookkeeping I) BBS103
 Ecotour Management BTR101
 Health & Fitness I BRE101
 Supervision VBS104
 Wedding Planning BTR104
 Bar Service VTR204
 Event Management BRE209
 Food Preparation - Foundations of Cooking BRE212
 Leisure Facility Management I BRE205
 Food Processing and Technology BSS301
 Garden Tourism BTR303

Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Tourism is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Working in Tourism

The tourism industry is large and significant across a large number of countries.
In some less developed countries, hospitality and tourism accounts for more than half of the economy; and this industry can also be among the largest of all industry sectors in many developed countries.

Tourism employs people in a range of situations, including:

  •     Tour Company Managers
  •     Booking Agents
  •     Tour Guides
  •     Tour leaders
  •     Activities Officers
  •     Event Managers
  •     Entertainers
  •     Drivers (bus, limo, etc), pilots (plane, helicopter), captains (cruise ship, sightseeing boat, dive boat, ferries, etc)

Many jobs in the tourism industry are casual and part time, with work opportunities becoming strong during the tourist season, and weak in low season.
Some people work full time in this industry, but many others do this work as a supplement to another regular job.

Remuneration for many of those who work in tourism may not be particularly high, but for owner operators of small businesses, or senior staff in larger tourism businesses, a lucrative professional salary may apply.

Risks and challenges
Tourism work can be competitive and poorly paid. This means that, whilst it may be fun and fulfilling for a period of time, to make a realistic career and living in it, you may need to be the owner of a tourism operation or move up to a more senior position.

Tourism work can be unstable, due to fluctuating demands. This can be stressful to not have a reliable income.

How to become a Tourism Professional
Because of the varied roles within tourism, your route to a job in tourism can be varied. Many people study tourism, often in combination with hospitality. Other people may study a more specialised area, such as environmental tourism, or adventure tourism. Or, people may come to tourism from a different discipline, such as management, or administration.

Like most jobs, having experience will help you to find work. You may like to try and get work experience for a company you are interested in, and this may develop into a paid position. For many seasonal tourism operations it is a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Many tourist operators will employ travelers who are in the area for the season who approach them looking for work. Other industries are more permanent and you may be able to find work year around.


Tourism and Hospitality employs people in a range of situations, including:

  • Accommodation eg. hotels, camping, home stays, guesthouses, resorts.
  • Transport: eg. vehicle hire, drivers, charter services, etc., - drivers (bus, limo, etc.), pilots (plane, helicopter), captains (cruise ship, sightseeing boat, dive boat, ferries, etc.)
  • Food Service (catering, cafes, restaurants, shops)
  • Events management -weddings, parties, concerts, exhibitions
  • Souvenirs
  • Tour companies
  • Booking agents
  • Tour guides
  • Tour leaders
  • Activities officers
  • Entertainers

 This course is suitable for those wanting to start a career in hospitality or those looking to consolidate their position or even those looking to start their own hospitality business.


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