You will generally be required to undergo an onsite verification within a 12 month period of receiving your EcoGuide Certification. The onsite verification fee will vary depending on how you choose to undertake this assessment with the options including:
- Attending an assessment event organised by Ecotourism Australia
- Organising for an EcoGuide Australia Assessor to assess you on an individual basis
- Organising for an EcoGuide Australia Assessor to assess both you and other colleagues as part of a workplace assessment
We have a number of EcoGuide assessors in various locations around Australia and we will endeavour to ensure this process is as cost effective as possible for you. EcoGuide Assessors will generally charge $80/hour and this is payable direct to the assessor. Group assessments are recommended where possible as this is the most cost-effective option for each guide.
An onsite verification will require you to demonstrate competency in:
- Leading and managing a tour group
- Specific Guide related skills such as group management, presentation skills and interpretation techniques
- Knowledge of minimal impact guiding
Applicants will be required to complete an Activity Plan before you undertake your onsite verification. This activity will demonstrate your ability to plan and structure an activity.
Refer to any relevant evidence that would support your competence in this unit. This can include examples of previous activity plans, photo logs of past activities highlighting clear, sequential and well articulated activity structures.
Part of the onsite verification will be focusing on your ability to demonstrate effective communication.
The following will be included within the onsite verification activity:
Assessment of OHS matters/activities relating to the planning and delivery of the activity
You will be asked to identify risks and hazards associated with the environment in which you would conduct the activity
You can refer to any relevant evidence that would support your competence in this unit. This can include:
- Job Safety Analysis sheets
- Safety management procedures
- Risk Management Plans you have developed or had some involvement in preparing and implementing
Group Management Skills
Your group management skills will be assessed as part of the onsite verification.
You will also be asked to provide a response to the following:
- How you would manage a difficult person on an activity?
- What might be some of the special needs of individuals attending a tour?
- Refer to any relevant evidence that would support your competence in this unit. This can include:
- Courses and/or workshops you might have completed in negotiation skills, conflict resolution, supervisory skills, and other relevant subject areas.
Part of your onsite verification will include assessing your ability to provide information that is well researched, accurate and appropriate for the activity participants.
- What is interpretation and what is an example of how you integrate it into your activity?
- How do you prepare a commentary?
- How do you keep your knowledge up?
Your presentation and interpretation skills will be assessed as part of your onsite verification. Refer to any relevant evidence that would support your competence in this unit. This can include:
- Courses in public speaking, presentation, performance arts/drama.
- Letters of appreciation from community groups, special interest groups, organisations relating to public presentation events.
Minimal Impact Guiding:
Your ability to demonstrate and interpret minimal impact practices and principles will be assessed as part of your onsite verification activity.