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 Code: VTR023
Fee Code: AC
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 900 hours
Qualification Advanced 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.

 

TRAVEL THE WORLD AND WORK AT THE SAME TIME

Your Career in Hospitality and Tourism Starts here!

  • 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.

COURSE STRUCTURE

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).

Modules

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 I 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.

Opportunities
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.

Opportunities

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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How can I start this course?

You can enrol at anytime and start the course when you are ready. Enrolments are accepted all year - students can commence study at any time. All study is self paced and ACS does not set assignment deadlines.

Please note that if a student is being assisted by someone else (e.g. an employer or government subsidy), the body offering the assistance may set deadlines. Students in such situations are advised to check with their sponsor prior to enrolling. The nominal duration of a course is approximately how long a course takes to complete. A course with a nominal duration of 100 hours is expected to take roughly 100 hours of study time to complete. However, this will vary from student to student. Short courses (eg. 100 hrs duration) should be completed within 12 months of enrolment. Certificates, Advanced Certificates and Awards (eg. over 500 hours duration) would normally be completed within 3 -5 years of enrolment. Additional fees may apply if a student requires an extended period to complete.
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If you are under 18, we need written permission from your parent/ guardian for your enrolment to continue, we can arrange that after you have enrolled.

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You sure can. We are here to help you learn whatever your abilities.

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We recommend that you are able to browse websites, send emails and conduct online research. You will need to be able to type and submit your assignments.
If you have limited computer skills, we can make special arrangements for you.

This is possible, it depends on the institution. We recommend that if you would like to use our courses that you contact the institution first. Our Course Handbook is a good resource for this.

Our courses are written in English and we only have English speaking academic staff. If you can read and complete your assignments in English, our courses are ideal for you.

Our courses are designed to build knowledge, hands on skills and industry connections to help prepare you to work in the area, running your own business, professional development or as a base for further study.

This course is aimed at providing you with a solid understanding of the subject. It has been designed to take 600 hours, which includes your course reading, assignment work, research, practical tasks, watching videos and more. When you complete the course, will have a good understanding of the area/ industry you want to work in.

It’s up to you. The study hours listed in the course are a rough guide, however if you were to study a short course (100 hours) at 10 hours per week, you could finish the course in 10 weeks (just an example). Our courses are self-paced, so you can work through the courses in your own time. We recommend that you wait for your tutor to mark and return your assignment before your start your next one, so you get the benefits of their feedback.

The course consists of course notes, videos, set tasks for your practical work, online quizzes, an assignment for each lesson (that you receive feedback from your tutor from) and ends in an exam (which is optional, if would like to receive the formal award at the end), using our custom built Learning Management System - Login.Training.

Our courses are designed for adults to gain professional development and skills to further their careers and start businesses.

Our custom online learning portal allows you to conduct your learning online. There may be practical tasks that you can do offline. You have the option of downloading your course notes or print them to read later.

There is also the option to pay an additional fee for printed course notes and or USB (availability limited to location and deliverability).

Yes, if you don’t have access to the internet, you can receive the course as paper notes or on a USB stick for an additional fee. We can also make alternative arrangements for you to send your assignments to us.

We offer printed notes for an additional fee. Also, you can request your course notes on a USB stick for an additional fee.

Yes, your tutor is here to help you. Simply post any questions you have in your login.training portal or contact the office and we can pass on a message to your tutor.

We are more learning focussed, rather than assessment focussed. You have online quizzes to test your learning, written assignments and can complete an exam at the end of the course (if you want to receive your certificate). You will not receive a pass/ fail on your course work. If you need to add more details on your assignment, we will ask you to resubmit and direct you where you need to focus. If you need help, you can ask your tutor for advice in the student room.

Each module (short course) is completed with one exam.

Exams are optional, however you must sit an exam if you would like to receive a formal award. You will need to find someone who can supervise that you are sitting the exams under exams conditions. There is an additional cost of $55 (AUS) $50 (O/S) for each exam.
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There are practical components built into the course that have been designed to be achieved by anyone, anywhere. If you are unable to complete a task for any reason, you can ask your tutor for an alternative.

When you complete the course work and the exams (8-9 exams) and you will be able receive your course certificate- an Advanced Certificate. Otherwise, you can receive a Letter of Completion.

You can bundle the short courses to create your own customised learning bundle, Certificates or Advanced Certificates. More information is on this page.

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Employers value candidates with industry skills, knowledge, practical skills and formal learning. Our courses arm you with all of these things to help prepare you for a job or start your own business. The longer you study the more you will learn.

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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Karen Lee

Nutritional Scientist, Dietician, Teacher and Author.
BSc. Hons. (Biological Sciences), Postgraduate Diploma Nutrition and Dietetics.
Registered dietitian in the UK, with over 15 years working in the NHS. Karen has undertaken a number of research projec

Lyn Quirk

M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy
Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head fo

Kate Gibson

Kate has 12 years experience as a marketing advisor and experience as a project manager. Kate has traveled and worked in a variety of locations including London, New Zealand and Australia. Kate has a B.Soc.Sc, Post-Grad. Dip. Org Behaviour (HR).





Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Alexander O'Brien

Alex was born and raised in Cork, in the Republic of Ireland. Having been trained in Architecture, Permaculture, Mechanical Engineering, Ceramics, Furniture Design/Construction, Sustainable building and Art,Craft and Design, his knowledge base is broad. Much of his professional work has been designing and making nature inspired spaces, creative reuse of materials, permaculture and natural ecology regeneration.

That being said, in his own words, "....my real passion is teaching. I adore sharing my knowledge and experience. Seeing students progress, and learning, that is my soul food."'

Michael Brugman

Mike is a graduate of Rhodes University and has experience in the Earth Science field. His working experience includes working as a consultant in geology, environmental and atmospheric science.

More recently he has been focused on research and academia including research interests in areas such as air quality and carbon emissions.

Jenny Bragg

Jenny has experience across many different business areas including marketing, operations management and human resources, her specialty fields are events, hospitality and tourism. She has worked in a number of different service sector organisations including hotels, restaurants, bars and specialist event providers. Jenny is a trained teacher and has worked with different educational bodies in the UK, as well as providing a consultancy service to the business and events sector.

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