Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation

Course Code SIS30413
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 921 hours

Course Overview

Do you spend weekends hiking, mountain bike riding or kayaking? Work as an activity guide and get paid for doing things you love. Study Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation. Run activities at camps, recreation centres, or in the field.

Local operators trust our trainers to teach you the right skills to help groups of people in outdoor activities including:

  • Water-based activities like kayaking or white water rafting
  • Dry land and mountain activities such as mountain bike riding or hiking
  • Using a diverse range of equipment
  • Dealing with unexpected events
  • Applying first aid
  • Instructing people
  • This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in planning, implementing basic outdoor recreation programs and activities across a range of adventure activity areas.

    The course is delivered as a hands-on field based program. There are also some online support activities and readings that will assist students in becoming professions outdoor leaders and facilitators.

    You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The following are indicative job roles for this qualification:

  • Outdoor Activity Guide (Controlled Environments)
  • For novice adventure activity programs where staff are under supervision of a manager and acting as a facilitator and outdoor guide

Further studies
On successful completion of the Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation at GOTAFE, students can articulate directly into the SIS50310 Diploma of Outdoor Recreation at GOTAFE.

Students might also consider pursuing further studies in Recreation Management, Outdoor Education, Emergency Services, Adventure Activity Guide/ leader through programs at alternative tertiary providers.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements. Students will need to attend all excursions identified in their study plan, complete all written work , and keep a personal portfolio

Students will also complete self-guided training in each of the specialisations areas that they enrol in. each specialisation will have an additional minimum recommended hours that student will need to log and include in their portfolio

Students are also required to attend all face-to-face sessions run on campus.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Craig Kappes
Location: Benalla

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 921 $3.00 $2,763.00 $1.50 $1,381.50
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 921 $0.60 $552.60 $1.50 $1,381.50
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 921 $3.59 $3,306.39 $3.00 $2,763.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 921 $0.71 $661.28 $3.00 $2,763.00
Full Fee 921 $8.20 $7,552.20 N/A N/A
Course Materials 921 $0.35 $322.35 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
Entry to this qualification by persons without prior outdoor recreation industry experience or formal qualifications is not recommended.

Examples of sufficient relevant skills and knowledge for entry into the qualification may include:

  • Previous qualification at the Certificate II level
  • Previous experience in the outdoor recreation industry and interest in outdoor pursuits

Entry into this qualification and progression between qualification levels will be based on the professional judgement of the RTO (GOTAFE), in consultation with the individual.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprentices/Trainees only)
Units of Competency

SIS30413 – Core Units

SISXCAI306A – Facilitate groups
SISXOHS101A – Follow Occupational Health And Safety Policies
SISOODR303A – Guide Outdoor Recreation Sessions
SISOOPS306A – Interpret Weather Conditions In The Field
SISOOPS201A – Minimise Environmental Impact
BSBWOR301B – Organise personal work priorities and development
SISOODR302A – Plan Outdoor Recreation Activities
SISXCCS201A – Provide Customer Service
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
TAEDEL301A – Provide work skill instruction
TAEDEL301A – Provide work skill instruction
SISXEMR201A – Respond To Emergency Situations
SISXRSK301A – Undertake risk analysis of activities

SIS30413 – Elective Units

SISOMBK302A – Apply advanced off-road cycling skills
SISOCNE303A – Apply canoeing skills
SISOCLN302A – Apply Climbing Skills On Natural Surfaces
SISOABL301A – Assist In The Facilitation Of Adventure-based Learning Activities
SISOCRP302A – Conduct A High Ropes Session
SISOCRP301A – Conduct A Low Ropes Session
SISOCYT202A – Demonstrate Basic Cycling Skills
SISOMBK201A – Demonstrate Basic Off-road Cycling Skills
SISOBWG201A – Demonstrate Bushwalking Skills In A Controlled Environment
SISONAV201A – Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment
SISOCLN303A – Establish Belays For Climbing On Natural Surfaces
SISOBWG303A – Guide Bushwalks In A Controlled Environment
SISOCNE305A – Guide Canoeing Trips On Flat And Undemanding Water
SISOMBK303A – Guide Off-road Cycle Tours
SISOCLN304A – Guide Top Rope Climbing Activities On Natural Surfaces
SITTGDE303 – Lead tour groups
PUAOPE002B – Operate Communications Systems And Equipment
SISOCNE202A – Perform Deep Water Rescues
SISOVTR301A – Perform Vertical Rescues
SISOABN202A – Safeguard An Abseiler Using A Single Rope Belay System
SISOOPS202A – Use and maintain a temporary or overnight site
SITTGDE301 – Work as a guide

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Quizzes
  • Case studies
  • Role plays
  • Practical observations
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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