Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation

Course Code SIS40313
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 860 hours

Course Overview

The SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation is the recognised qualification to become a qualified in guiding outdoor recreation activities in an uncontrolled environment or an instructor.

Put your sense of adventure to use with a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation. You won’t be stuck inside; your classroom is out in the field. You’ll participate in a range of activities where you can practice your skills. We provide the equipment and the opportunities, you bring your fitness and commitment. Depending on electives, you’ll learn:

  • Search and rescue skills
  • Skills to plan and implement complex activities
  • How to apply first aid
  • How to manage resources on long trips
  • Climbing
  • Canoeing
  • How to guide intermediate bushwalks
  • How to guide off-road cycle tours
  • Navigation skills

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 professionals outdoor leaders and facilitators.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Outdoor Recreation industry as a:

  • Outdoor guide (uncontrolled environment)
  • Outdoor instructor
  • Basic adventure activity programming
  • Activity Facilitator/Leader

As a guide, this qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in planning, implementing and evaluating outdoor recreation programs and activities across a range of adventure activity areas which include complex and non-routine situations.

As an instructor, this qualification develops the skills and knowledge to facilitate skill transfer or development to clients in order that they may participate independently (or with minimal supervision) in outdoor activities. This requires the instructor to be able to:

  • transfer required technical skills and knowledge to participants
  • apply a variety of appropriate instructional strategies
  • critique participants technique
  • assess participants skill and knowledge acquisition during and at the end of a program or session
  • In all cases those with this qualification would be managing expected and unexpected situations with considerable autonomy. Leadership, guidance and supervision are involved when organising activities of self and others, as well as contributing to technical solutions of a non-routine or contingency nature.

Working in this industry may involve guiding outdoor recreation activities in an uncontrolled environment, exposure to extreme conditions such as heat and cold, working at heights and in confined spaces and weekend and/or shift work.

Further studies
After gaining the SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation, you might wish to undertake further study in the SIS50310 Diploma of Outdoor Recreation.

Students might also wish to undertake further study in Bachelor of Outdoor Education at LaTrobe University or Bachelor of Outdoor Education at Federation University.

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, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

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 860 $6.32 $5,435.20 $3.00 $2,580.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 860 $1.26 $1,087.04 $3.00 $2,580.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 860 $6.05 $5,203.00 $3.00 $2,580.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 860 $1.21 $1,040.60 $3.00 $2,580.00
Full Fee 860 $8.20 $7,052.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 860 $3.00 $2,580.00 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 AQF level below
  • 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 judgment of the RTO, in consultation with the individual.

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

  • 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

Applicants will be required to attend a formal interview and then complete all GOTAFE required enrolment documentation for the year they are enrolling in.

Completion of year 11 is preferred as is outdoor experience which may include previous experience participating in an outdoor education program, pursuit of an outdoor activity, scouts, cadets or previous work in an outdoor adventure context, essentially some exposure to natural environments in an adventure activity context.

Units of Competency

SIS40313 – Core Units
SISXCCS404A – Address Client Needs
SISOOPS407A – Apply Search And Rescue Skills
SISXIND405A – Conduct Projects
SISOODR405A – Develop And Coordinate Programs Incorporating Outdoor Activities
BSBWOR404B – Develop Work Priorities
SISXOHS402A – Implement And Monitor Occupational Health And Safety Policies
SISOOPS306A – Interpret Weather Conditions In The Field
SISOODR404A – Manage risk in an outdoor activity
SISOODR302A – Plan Outdoor Recreation Activities
SISXIND404A – Promote compliance with laws and legal principles
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
TAEDEL301A – Provide work skill instruction
SISXEMR201A – Respond To Emergency Situations
SISXRES402A – Support Implementation Of Environmental Management Practices
SISXRES403A – Use Resources Efficiently

SIS40313 – Elective Units
HLTAID005 – Provide first aid in remote situations
SISOABL402A – Facilitate Adventure-based Learning Activities
SISOABN202A – Safeguard An Abseiler Using A Single Rope Belay System
SISOBWG201A – Demonstrate Bushwalking Skills In A Controlled Environment
SISOBWG303A – Guide Bushwalks In A Controlled Environment
SISOCNE202A – Perform Deep Water Rescues
SISOCNE303A – Apply canoeing skills
SISOCNE305A – Guide Canoeing Trips On Flat And Undemanding Water
SISOCNE306A – Instruct Canoeing Skills On Flat And Undemanding Water
SISOCRP302A – Conduct A High Ropes Session
SISOCRP404A – Supervise a high ropes session
SISOCYT202A – Demonstrate Basic Cycling Skills
SISOMBK201A – Demonstrate Basic Off-road Cycling Skills
SISOMBK302A – Apply advanced off-road cycling skills
SISOMBK303A – Guide Off-road Cycle Tours
SISONAV201A – Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment
SISONAV302A – Apply Navigation Skills In An Intermediate Environment
SISOODR303A – Guide Outdoor Recreation Sessions
SISOOPS202A – Use and maintain a temporary or overnight site
SISOVTR301A – Perform Vertical Rescues
SISXEMR402A – Coordinate Emergency Responses
SITTGDE303 – Lead tour groups

Assessment Methods

Students are provided with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skill sets introduced in the classroom and online settings through camps field work, and will be assessed using a resource and assessment manuals at each of the camps. The written assessments are usually completed during each camp to allow student to re-demonstrate their skills if need be.

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.

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