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CERTIFICATE IN ECOTOURISM BUSINESS VTR011

Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate
Establish and operate an ecotourism business. 
 
This course provides an excellent foundation for establishing and operating a new or existing Ecotourism business.
 
Not only to do you get to learn the exciting business of ecotourism guiding and management, but also the often overlooked but fundamental elements to running a successful business such as bookkeeping and marketing. These practical skills combined with an exciting choice in natural history topics such as marine biology, earth science, ornithology or electives such as adventure tourism and wilderness activities make this course a sure ticket to success.

Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

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Explore Business Opportunities in Environmental Tourism

Ecotourism is a growth industry and this certificate enables you to learn more about establishing, managing or operating an ecotourism business

  • Most affluent people live in cities and suburbs. When they look for a holiday; for many, there is a big attraction to visit places that are away from these heavily developed environments!
  • A holiday in the country, mountains, or by the sea is very attractive; and the prospect of getting close to nature is very attractive. Ecotourism is all about providing that type of experience.
  • Business opportunities in ecotourism are as diverse as your imagination. You can start an ecotourism business on a small scale with very little capital investment; or if you have the resources, develop something much larger 
 
This course provides an excellent foundation for establishing, managing or operating a new or existing Ecotourism business.
 
Not only to do you get to learn the exciting business of ecotourism guiding and management, but also the often overlooked but fundamental elements to running a successful business such as bookkeeping and marketing. These practical skills combined with an exciting choice in natural history topics such as marine biology, earth science, ornithology or electives such as adventure tourism and wilderness activities make this course a sure ticket to success.

Core Modules

You are required to complete three core modules –

Business Operations VBS006

Ecotour Management BTR101

Ecotourism Tour Guide BTR301

 
MORE ON THE CORE MODULES
 
Business Operations
 
There are 6 lessons as follows:
  1. Introduction –
    • Business law
    • Types of businesses
    • Starting a business
  2. Finance –
    • Liquidity
    • The money market
    • Terminology
    • Insurance
  3. Financial Records –
    • Simple Bookkeeping procedures
    • cash flow
  4. Financial Management –
    • Taxation
    • costing
    • budgeting
    • investing
  5. Business Planning – Developing a 12 month business plant.
  6. Mistakes to avoid –
    • Reasons for business failures
    • Profitability
    • Improving productivity
 
Ecotour Management
 

There are 9 lessons as follows:

  1. Nature and Scope of Ecotourism -
    • Definition of ecotourism
    • Negative ecotourism
    • Principles of ecotourism
  2. Management Issues -
    • Recreation and the environment
    • recreational impacts on the environment
    • ethical and legal concerns
    • code of practice for ecotourism operators
    • incorporating ecotourism principles into activities
    • interpretation
    • visitor guidelines
    • planning for minimal impact
    • quality control
  3. Industry Destinations -
    • The ecotourism market
    • what do ecotourists want?
    • trends in international tourism
    • understanding the needs of the consumer
    • consumer expectations
  4. The Tour Desk/Office -
    • Office procedures
    • providing information
    • employment prospects in ecotourism
    • bookings
    • business letters
    • telephone manner
  5. Accommodation Facilities -
    • Types of accommodation facilities
    • layout of facilities
  6. Catering Facilities -
    • Introduction to catering
    • accepted practice for service facilities
    • storing and preserving food
  7. Legal Considerations -
    • National Parks
    • land use/planning restrictions
    • code of practice
  8. Safety-
    • The safety strategy
    • hazards
    • first aid
  9. Planning an Ecotourism Activity -
    A special project where the student plans out an ecotourism activity including:
    • budget
    • accommodation
    • licenses
    • meals
    • destination
 
Ecotourism Tour Guide
 

There are 10 lessons as follows:

  1. Ecotourism Basics –
    • Definition of ecotourism
    • Negative ecotourism
    • Ecotourist profile
    • Administrative concerns
    • Safety
  2. Interpretive Services in Ecotourism –
    • Interpretation as a key element of ecotourism
    • Interpretation techniques
    • Sign design
  3. Ecology and Conservation –
    • Definition of ecology
    • Ecosystem function
    • The web of life
    • Habitat and niche
    • Humans in the environment
  4. Plant and Animal Classification and Identification –
    • Classification of organisms
    • Basic taxonomy
    • Using keys for identification
    • Other methods of identification
  5. Geology/Geomorphology –
    • Types of rocks
    • Types of minerals
    • Soils
    • Soil formation
    • Soil classification
  6. Interpreting Aquatic Environments –
    • Marine environments
    • Freshwater environments
    • Fish
    • Shells
    • Crustaceans
  7. Interpreting Land Environments –
    • Introduction to interpreting land environments
    • Relevance of interpreting land environments
  8. Planning an Ecotour –
    • Destination
    • Transportation
    • Accommodation
  9. Ecotour Displays –
    • Design concepts
    • Zoo design techniques
  10. Leading an Ecotour –
    • Advertising
    • Group preparation
    • Planning the tour
    • Group surveys for feedback
 
 

Elective Modules

You are then required to complete three modules from the choice below. If you are not sure which is the right choice for you, then please get in touch and we can make suggestions.

Birdwatching

Book Keeping Foundations

Classroom Delivery Skills

Introduction to Ecology

Marine Studies I

Marketing Foundations

Nature Park Management I

Bed and Breakfast Management

Bushcraft and Wilderness Activities

Earth Science

Wildlife Management

Adventure Tourism

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

 

 

 

 

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Meet some of our academics

Dr Karen CrippsTwo decades in tourism, as an educator, researcher and writer. Her experience also extends to environmental management, ecotourism and business management. PhD, M.Sc, BA (Hons) TEASOL
Dr Robert BrowneEnvironmental Consultant, Zoologist, Author, Sustainability expert, Teacher. Robert’s science employment has included consultancy with biotechnology corporations and in response to the global biodiversity conservation crisis, and has focused on amphibian conservation and sustainability.
Barbara Seguel B.Sc. M.Sc.Agricultural science graduate, biologist, marine scientist, aquaculturist and educator. Barbara has worked on farms, in ecotourism, education and publishing. She is widely travelled, having been educated in both California and Chile; and having worked in Hawaii, Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.


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