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Distance Learning Certificate

Continuing Professional Development for professionals


Professional Development Responsible Tourism Certificate is designed for professionals around the world operating with a mentoring system from the Australia – you take modules at your pace, and we support you in reflecting on the issues and challenges which confront you and the opportunities they present developing action plans for positive change, for you and the causes you care about.

Most students complete in one year, the Certificate involves three modules – you can do this fully distance learning. You can change your time frame depending on how your circumstances change. We have two intakes a year, January and September. Studying over several years and paying in instalments makes this programme affordable and practical.

You do not need to attend classes for most of the course- we do however run one optional teaching weekend for each module. Each module has a substantial and up to date distance learning manual, support CD with a large library of book chapters, reports and journal articles, on-line videos, a repository of case studies and past course materials.

Assessments are applied and work-based, they are directly relevant for evaluating performance and planning and implementing strategies for change. You will be supported by your module tutors and a personal tutor who you can contact by email, by phone and by Skype. We are used to working across different time zones. We teach because we enjoy it and we value the change you will make in the world.

This method of studying is ideal for professionals who first language is English or have a high standard of proficiency. We have found action learning the most effective way to make a difference for Responsible Tourism, you will be part of a large supportive peer group of current students and alumni, people like you making a difference.

How To Apply

We like to speak with every applicant to make sure the course is right for you, and you have the skills necessary to succeed, please book your appointment by email. The backgrounds of applicants are varied, from development studies, conservation and environmental engineering, to business studies, economics, journalism or law to name a few. What’s more important to us is that you have the drive and passion to make a difference in applying your experience to making tourism more responsible. Professional applicants usually have five or more years industry experience.

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of IELTS 6.0 as minimum in each of the four exams, or proof of using English regularly professionally.

You will you would like to discuss the Certificate you can telephone Christopher Warren (+612) 4465 1408 at the ICRT – Australia.


Fees 2017

The Certificate course fee is Aus 2,000 for the three modules. Optional teaching weeks are optional and costs are published closer to the time.

Entry requirements

We pride ourselves on the outstanding quality of candidates to our courses, giving you bright and motivated colleagues to share knowledge and experiences with throughout your studies and like minded friends in the industry after that.

Application deadlines have not been used in the past, instead filling up the course on a first come, first served basis and closing the course when target numbers are met. We run two intakes per year in September and January.

A skype/telephone interview will normally take place to establish that the course suits you, and that you suit the course. Since 2/3 of applications are the result of word of mouth, we want to ensure that only people who can make the most of the course are accepted.

Industry experience in the tourism or hospitality sectors is typical, although we do accept students with other backgrounds (see below). Recent graduates should gain at least two years experience, as the course has been planned as continuous professional development.

Professionals with no tourism experience but extensive knowledge of development studies, business or marketing management, political science, environmental management, sustainability, conservation, geography or other fields that are relevant to tourism should enquire about the relevance of their background to the course. It is often these candidates that eventually make the most of the course, finding new creative ways to implement responsible tourism.

English as a Foreign Language IELTS 6.0 in all four exams is the normal entry requirement. International candidates using English as their daily working language but no qualifications should enquire about their eligibility to the course.

Preparing for the course is key, and those months before you start should be used by you to become familiar with the literature and also to refresh your professional writing skills. To save you time later on, we recommend that you buy and read all of Harold Goodwin’s book, ‘Taking responsibility for tourism’, published in 2011 by Goodfellow.

Please note that this information about the Certificate in Responsible Tourism Management is provided for information only. It is intended to give a broad overview of the course and it is not intended to be, and should not be treated as, a definitive statement of the course or facilities to be provided by the ICRT. The ICRT the right to make variations to the contents or methods of delivery, or to vary the location from which a particular module may be provided, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the ICRT.