Communication and Interpretation are Good for Business

Flinders University has been honing its skills in the delivery of courses in Interpretation since the introduction of the Bachelor of Ecotourism in 1996 and the Bachelor of Cultural Tourism degree in 1997. Interpretation has been a core component of both degrees.

Flinders University has also offered a number of Interpretation workshops for those professionals in the tourism, environment, heritage and interpretation industries, people seeking to enter these industries, and to people planning to enter graduate level academic studies since 2001. The courses are available as professional development workshops or as part of a Graduate program / pathway.

The integrated suite of Interpretation programs has been developed in collaboration with the Department for the Environment and Heritage and the South Australian Tourism Commission. It includes short courses available in regional Australia, others based at Flinders University, and courses and in-house programs specifically designed for industry and organisations.

The content of the course is very practical in nature and is designed to provide the information necessary to successfully, safely and efficiently develop outstanding interpretation materials and programs.

Professional Development Workshops

Introduction to Interpretation

This is a one day introductory workshop on the basics of interpretation. There are no pre-requisites for enrolment. This course is not assessed and participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Enrolment is through the Interpretation Office on (08) 8201 3651, or by emailing

Industry Certificate (Interpretation)

Applicants must have already completed the 1-day Introduction to Interpretation workshop. The Industry Certificate in Interpretation is held over three days and introduces Interpretation principles and techniques. This course is assessed and participants need to successfully complete the assignments to be awarded the Industry Certificate in Interpretation.

The Industry Certificate is awarded by the University and is endorsed by the South Australian Tourism Commission and Department for the Environment and Heritage. Credit transfer may be granted for up to 4.5 units towards the topic TOUR8115 for the Graduate Certificate in Tourism to people who successfully complete the Industry Certificate in Interpretation (subject to University approval).


University Award Courses

Graduate Certificate in Tourism

Graduate Certificate in Tourism (Festival and Event Design and Management)

These courses meet the professional development needs of people with an interest in the Tourism or Festival and Event sectors. They aim to increase the understanding of the theoretical and practical skills that are required to develop appropriate management strategies in these areas.

Specified credit is usually granted for the topic TOUR 8115 Essentials of Interpretation. This is one of 4 topics in the Graduate Certificate in Tourism or the Graduate Certificate in Tourism (Festival and Event Design and Management). Unspecified credit may, under certain circumstances, and subject to specific conditions, be granted for candidates who show relevant and extensive industry experience, up to 4.5 units.

Please click here to see the course structure for either Graduate Certificate.

How To Apply

Introduction to Interpretation and Industry Certificate in Interpretation

To apply for the Introduction or Industry Certificate in Interpretation, please complete and return the application form. (PDF 27KB)   (DOC 118KB)

Graduate Certificate using GradStart

Three easy steps:

1. Visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) website:

2. Link via the GradStart button for the period in which you wish to commence. Click on 'Want to Apply?' to begin your application.

3. Submit your application. 

Graduate Certificate in Tourism: Course Code: 2GC027

Graduate Certificate in Tourism (Festival and Event Design and Management):Course Code: 2GC028

You will be sent a confirmation email. If you receive any correspondence from SATAC requesting further information you will need to supply what is requested. Your application cannot be processed until all requested information is received.  Note:You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia to apply through GradStart.

You can apply for admission at any time during the year. If you have any questions about the admission or enrolment process please email