Adventure tourism is not easily defined, mainly because people have different ideas of what ‘adventure’ means. One thing is clear, though – there are no distinct boundaries! This course is ideal for those seeking employment or up-skilling in leading tour groups; developing or providing facilities, services or marketing to the adventure tourism industry; or extending the scope of an existing business into the exciting world of ecotourism.
The Certificate of Adventure Tourism will educate you about the scope and nature of adventure tourism in today’s market. This online course will also provide valuable insights into the types of opportunities available within this lucrative and rapidly burgeoning industry.
In this professional development course, you will study the world of the adventure tourism customer, insurance and risk management, and the scope and nature of adventure tourism, management processes and marketing.
You will also explore locations and facilities in terms of natural and artificial environments and the ethics, sustainability, and environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of adventure tourism.
On completion of this course, you will have enhanced your career and business opportunities in adventure tourism. You will also have the capacity to plan and manage the provision of adventure tourism products and services – possibly by starting your own business!
Unit 1 - Scope and nature of adventure tourism
Introduction to adventure tourism
Historical themes of adventure tourism
Adventure tourism experiences
Motivating factors for adventure tourism
Limitations and risks
Non-physical adventure tourism
Unit 2 - The Product: sources and types
Types of adventure tourism
Types of adventure locations
Case Studies – New Zealand, India, Iceland, Africa and Brazil
Sources of information
Unit 3 - Management
Unit 4 - The customer
Adventure tourism customers
Adventure tourist behaviour
Soft and hard adventurers
Unit 5 - Locations and facilities - artificial environments
Artificial environment tourism
Artificial adventure environments
Advancement in adventure developments
Examples of artificial adventure tourism
Advantages and disadvantages of simulated adventure tourism
Classification of artificial adventure
Unit 6 - Locations and facilities - natural
Adventure tourism in natural environments
Case study: nature-based tourism in Antarctica
Benefits of nature-based tourism
Locations and destinations
Health benefits of nature
Advantages and disadvantages of nature-based tourism
Unit 7 - Ethics, sustainability and environmental impacts
Social and cultural impacts
Unit 8 - Risk management and insurance
Some categories of risk
Risk management strategies and plans
Assessing the risk
The risk management plan
Consequences of an event happening
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.
Professional development for those:
Leading tour groups
Planning, organising, marketing or conducting activities
Extending the scope of an existing business into ecotourism