Unit of competency details

SITXCOM004A - Communicate on the telephone (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
The Deleted usage recommendation was implemented on 13 June 2017 to describe training components that have no replacement. Enrolments in training components and statements of attainment or qualifications issued before 13 June 2017 are valid. For any components marked as deleted after 13 June 2017, the applicable transition/teach-out periods apply. For specific questions regarding the enrolment, delivery or issuance of a statement of attainment/qualification, please contact your training regulator.
DeletedDeleted from SIT07 Tourism, Hospitality and Events Training Package17/Jan/2013
Supersedes and is equivalent to THHGGA01B - Communicate on the telephone31/Dec/2010

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 01/Jan/2011

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnUsage RecommendationRelease
SIT30407 - Certificate III in Tourism (Visitor Information Services)Certificate III in Tourism (Visitor Information Services)Deleted
SIT30707 - Certificate III in HospitalityCertificate III in HospitalitySuperseded
SIT40307 - Certificate IV in HospitalityCertificate IV in HospitalitySuperseded
SIT30307 - Certificate III in Tourism (Tour Wholesaling)Certificate III in Tourism (Tour Wholesaling)Deleted
SIT30907 - Certificate III in Hospitality (Asian Cookery)Certificate III in Hospitality (Asian Cookery)Superseded
SIT40207 - Certificate IV in TourismCertificate IV in TourismSuperseded
SIT40407 - Certificate IV in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)Certificate IV in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)Superseded
SIT20509 - Certificate II in Holiday Parks and ResortsCertificate II in Holiday Parks and ResortsSuperseded
SIT40809 - Certificate IV in Holiday Parks and ResortsCertificate IV in Holiday Parks and ResortsSuperseded
SIT20107 - Certificate II in TourismCertificate II in TourismSuperseded
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Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100707 Verbal Communication 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100707 Verbal Communication 14/Dec/2009 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively on the telephone. It requires the ability to make and receive calls, to take messages on behalf of other people and to use the main features of a telephone correctly.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit describes a fundamental administrative function for the tourism and hospitality industries and applies to the full range of industry sectors and environments. All manner of personnel are required to communicate on the telephone. For some it may be a key aspect of their job such as for those who work in an office environment and for others an occasional task, for example, for those who work in a kitchen.

All personnel at all levels would apply this skill, but it does describe a basic operational function of minimal complexity.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 


Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

The required outcomes described in this unit of competency contain applicable facets of employability skills. The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit is packaged will assist in identifying employability skills requirements.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised  text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge and/or the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria




Respond to incoming telephone calls.


Answer telephone calls  promptly, clearly and politely according to organisation standards.


Offer friendly assistance to the caller and establish the purpose of the call.


Repeat call details to the caller to confirm understanding.


Answer caller enquiries promptly or transfer caller to the appropriate location and person.


Where necessary, record caller requests and information and pass on to the appropriate department or person for follow-up.


Relay messages accurately to the nominated person within appropriate timelines.


Report threatening or suspicious phone calls promptly to the appropriate person and according to organisation procedures.


Use language, tone and volume appropriate to the nature of the phone call.


Make telephone calls.


Obtain correct telephone numbers.


Establish clearly the purpose of the call prior to calling.


Use telephone equipment  correctly in order to establish contact.


Communicate clearly your name, company and reason for calling.


Be polite and courteous at all times.


Document outcome of telephone call if required according to organisation standards.

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:

  • ability to use the technical features of a specific telephone system correctly
  • oral communication skills to convey meaning clearly and concisely and interpret the requirements of incoming callers
  • interpersonal skills to relate to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • literacy and writing skills to record messages.

The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:

  • principles of effective communication in relation to listening, questioning and verbal communication
  • organisation's policies and procedures relating to telephone communication, and the recording and passing on of messages.

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, the range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • making and receiving telephone calls using telephone equipment correctly
  • courteous and friendly telephone service
  • clear and concise verbal and written communication
  • making and receiving calls on multiple occasions, communicating on different matters and with different types of callers to ensure consistency of performance.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • use of current telephone equipment within operationally realistic tourism or hospitality environments
  • interaction with others to demonstrate the interpersonal communication aspects of communicating on the telephone
  • access to policies and procedures that relate to answering the telephone, and recording and taking messages.

Methods of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess the practical skills and knowledge required to communicate on the telephone. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • direct observation of candidate answering and making a variety of phone calls
  • review of messages taken on behalf of customers and colleagues
  • role-plays to observe candidate dealing with difficult customers or situations
  • review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • SITXADM001A Perform office procedures
  • SITXCOM001A Work with colleagues and customers.

Assessing employability skills 

Employability skills are integral to effective performance in the workplace and are broadly consistent across industry sectors. How these skills are applied varies between occupations and qualifications due to the different work functions and contexts.

Employability skills embedded in this unit should be assessed holistically with other relevant units that make up the skill set or qualification and in the context of the job role.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the performance criteria is detailed below.

Telephone calls  may take place in a range of different contexts, including:

  • office
  • reception area
  • on tour
  • in a restaurant or kitchen
  • on site
  • with customers
  • with colleagues
  • with suppliers.

Telephone equipment  may include:

  • single or multiple line telephone systems
  • switchboards
  • mobile phones
  • landlines.

Unit Sector(s)



Competency field

Competency field 

Communication and Teamwork