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How to become a tour guide

Leading industry association Tour Guides Australia offers a short course designed to provide foundation skills for people interested in a tour guide career. Many experienced guides had to exit the industry due to COVID. With the return of international visitors in 2022, employers will seek guides with the knowledge to manage groups and deliver service excellence.



President of Tour Guides Australia Jim McInerney says, "We are in the perfect position to assist employers in the visitor economy by creating job-ready applicants. Our members are professional guides and educators. Our course is fast-paced and delivered with insights from industry professionals who share their knowledge and experience."


Tour Guides Australia\'s latest initiative aligns with Australia\'s national strategy for the long-term sustainable growth of the visitor economy policy priority to grow a secure and resilient workforce. The Guiding Fundamentals Course will assist visitor economy businesses to have a stable supply of appropriately skilled workers delivering high-quality experiences. The course may lead to accreditation with Tour Guides Australia and is in line with the national strategic outcome to increase acceptance of micro-credentialing as a recognised and valued form of training in the visitor economy for tour guides.


The first face to face public courses will be in Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns. Businesses can also request delivery of the course onsite at a time that matches recruitment cycles and tour series.


Ready to start a new career as a professional guide? Enrol in a course today at

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Published: 8 April 2022

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