Qualification - Certificate in Tourism

Course CodeVTR009
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours


Tourism is a huge employer worldwide and  in many countries it is the largest employer.  In short, this is a significant industry that employs large numbers of people. Despite this fact; many of those who work in tourism, are relatively low paid.

If you aspire to a well paid and secure job in tourism; you either need to think about self employment (starting your own tourism business), or developing skills that will enable you to rise to a position of responsibility in a larger organisation such as a hotel, resort or theme park.

This course provides the skills and knowledge needed to build a career, following either of these pathways.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Tourism.
 Bookkeeping Foundations BBS103
 Food & Beverage Management (Catering) BTR102
 Tourism 1 BTR103
 Event Management BRE209
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 9 modules.
 Ecotour Management BTR101
 Personnel Management VBS107
 Bed and Breakfast Management BTR203
 Entrepreneurship BBS204
 Hotel Management BTR202
 Leisure Facility Management 1 BRE205
 Adventure Tourism BTR302
 Ecotourism Tour Guide Course BTR301
 Leisure Facility Management II BRE306

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

Content of Core Modules

Food and Beverage Management

This subject has 9 lessons as follows:
1.Human Nutrition - This covers all the major food groups and their importance in a nutritional diet. Also including factors in nutrition from compatibility and range of ingredients through to healthy cooking and eating methods.
2.Cooking - Includes various cooking methods for a variety of different foods, covering both palatability and digestibility through to the nutritional value in processing foods.
3.Kitchen & Food Management - Learn to maximise efficiency and service through proper management of kitchen facilities, including the handling of food storage and preparation, hygiene and ethics.
4.Planning A Menu - Covering menu planning for the needs of special groups in different situations, including children; adolescents; elderly people; expectant and nursing mothers; immigrants; vegetarians and other health related diets.
5.Alcoholic Beverages - Learn how to provide adequate variety and product knowledge in order to manage the provisions of alcoholic beverages appropriately for different situations.
6.Tea, Coffee and Non-Alcoholic Beverages - This lesson provides an understanding of non-alcoholic beverages available in the catering industry and how they should be made and served.
7.Scope and Nature Of Catering Services - Learn to understand the differences in appropriate management and catering for a variety of situations from pubs to a-la-carte.
8.Personnel Management -(waiting skills, staffing a restaurant, kitchen etc) This lesson covers the management of people in the food and restaurant industry, including training programs, job specifications, recruitment etc.
9.Management Of Catering Services - By consolidating the skills developed throughout this course you are given a comprehensive understanding of marketing through to food purchasing in order to effectively manage in the food and beverage industry.

Tourism 1

There are ten lessons in this module as follows:

1.Travel Industry Overview/Introduction : oliday travel, Business travel, Resources, Components of travel (Accommodation, Transport, Food, Luggage/what to take, Health, Money, etc)
2.Destinations : Local, State, Interstate, International; health before departure.
3.Money, Insurance & Legalities : Credit cards, travellers cheques, exchange rates, International driving, quarantine laws, Islamic law, political concerns, tariffs, duty free, departure taxes etc.
4.Transport - Airline reservations : International Air Transport Assn, Aircraft types, Flight information, transfers, time zones, passports, visas, baggage, travelling with animals, making a reservation, etc.
5.Transport - Car Rental : Types of hire cars, reading manuals, different road rules, making reservations, cost structures, etc
6.Transport -Other, boat (ferries, cruising), bus, rail etc
7.Accommodation : Camping, Caravans, Tents, B & B's & Guesthouses, Hotels, Youth Hostels, Resorts, etc
8.Package Tours
9.Travel Agency Systems : Ethics, Tourist organisations, Client records and accounts procedures, etc.
10.Special Project -planning a trip

Bookkeeping I

There are 10 lessons as follows:
1.Introduction – Nature and Function of Accounting for Service Firms
2.The Balance Sheet
3.Analysing and Designing Accounting Systems
4.Cash Receipts and Cash Payments Journal
5.The General Journal
6.Profit and Loss Statements
7.Depreciation of Non-current Assets
8.Profit Determination and Balance Day Adjustments
9.Cash Control: Bank Reconciliation and Petty Cash
10.Cash Control: Budgeting

Event Management

There are nine lessons in this module as follows:

1.Scope and Nature of Event Management
2.Developing the Concept
3.Physical an Human Resources
4.Project Logistics
5.Marketing an Event
6.Financial Management
7.Risk Management
8.Staging the Event
9.After the Event


Planning is the Key to Success in Tourism

If you want to work in the tourism industry, you must understand that the most important aspect is PLANNING. The time and effort required for planning tourism activities/events far exceeds any other component of the job.




Tips for Planning a Tour

When planning a tour, the major decision will be where to go and if the tour is to include overnight accommodation. The latter decision will be influenced by the facilities available, and the cost of using those facilities.

  • Ensure that the facilities match the demographics of the tour group
    - Certain types of people will be attracted to, and expect, certain types of facilities (and experiences). For example, a group of teenagers may enjoy long hard walks and very basic camping facilities, but families with young children may not.
    - It may be important to plan the tour for a particular demographic group and then promote it very clearly for that group by providing clear, written warnings of what is to be expected for the benefit of anyone outside of that demographic who might be interested.
  • Beware of surprises - The participants in any tour will not be impressed to arrive at a destination only to find unpleasant surprises such as:
    - Having to pay unexpected fees
    - Finding that there is no fuel to cook their meal because the gas or wood supply has run out
    - Discovering that there is no hot water for a shower (when they expected there would be)
    - Encountering a major insect problem and not being prepared with insect repellent.
  • Match the price with the facility - People like value for money and are generally prepared to pay more if they get a top quality facility.
  • Set numbers at a manageable level:
    - Do not have too many people in a group
    - Be certain that you have adequate accommodation, and the right type of accommodation, for all who book.


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Career Opportunities

Study alone can never guarantee career success; but a good education is an important starting point.

Success in a career depends upon many things. A course like this is an excellent starting point because it provides a foundation for continued learning, and the means of understanding and dealing with issues you encounter in the workplace.

When you have completed an ACS course, you will have not only learnt about the subject, but you will have been prompted to start networking with experts in the discipline and shown how to approach problems that confront you in this field.

This and every other industry in today’s world is developing in unforeseen ways; and while that is unsettling for anyone who wants to be guaranteed a particular job at the end of a particular course; for others, this rapidly changing career environment is offering new and exciting opportunities almost every month.

If you want to do the best that you can in this industry, you need to recognise that the opportunities that confront you at the end of a course, are probably different to anything that has even been thought of when you commence a course.



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