Diploma of Outdoor Recreation

Course Code SIS50310
Campus Benalla - Samaria Road
Duration 1400 hours

Course Overview

The SIS50310 Diploma of Outdoor Recreation is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Outdoor Recreation Program Manager.

Build a career exploring your love of the outdoors with the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation. With mountains and forests on your doorstep, you’ll put your camping, mountain bike riding and kayaking skills into practice every day.
Lead groups of people out on adventures, right through to getting them home safely. If you’re hungry for more, you can move onto university studies in Outdoor Education, Adventure Therapy, or Recreation Management
You could work as:

  • An Outdoor Recreation Program Manager
  • A program facilitator
  • Operations Manager at a camp facility
  • Outdoor Program Instructor
  • Program Manager
  • Outdoor Guide (uncontrolled environment)

This course is delivered on campus. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The SIS50310 Diploma of Outdoor Recreation is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Recreational Sport industry.

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 SIS50310 Diploma of Outdoor Recreation, you might wish to undertake further study in:

  • Bachelor of Recreation Management
  • Bachelor of Outdoor Education
  • Bachelor of Emergency Services
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Community Services
  • Bachelor of Fitness
  • Bachelor of Conservation and Land Management
Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Benalla – Samaria Road Trimester 3 – Comprises of On Campus Learning & Field Based Activities (Camps)

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 be enrolled in 1400 hours of training.

Students are also required to attend all face-to-face sessions and excursions, as well as additional self-guided training.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Craig Kappes
Location: Benalla

Fee Information
Type Cost
Govt Subsidised-Standard $11,186.00
Full Fee $13,062.00
Course Materials $4,200.00

Please note that the advertised fees relate to 2019.   For enrolments this year, please contact us for confirmation.

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
To gain entry into this qualification, it is advised that a current first aid certificate is held.

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 judgement of the RTO, 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 (Trainees only)
  • 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

SIS50310 – Core Units
SISOOPS407A – Apply Search And Rescue Skills
SISXCCS402A – Coordinate Client Service Activities
SISXEMR402A – Coordinate Emergency Responses
SISXFAC404A – Coordinate Facility And Equipment Acquisition And Maintenance
SISOODR405A – Develop And Coordinate Programs Incorporating Outdoor Activities
BSBWOR404B – Develop Work Priorities
SISXOHS503A – Establish And Maintain Occupational Health And Safety Systems
SISOODR506A – Evaluate Policy For An Outdoor Organisation
SISOOPS306A – Interpret Weather Conditions In The Field
SISOOPS508A – Manage Natural Resources
SISXRSK502A – Manage organisational risks
SISXIND406A – Manage projects
SISOODR404A – Manage risk in an outdoor activity
SISOODR302A – Plan Outdoor Recreation Activities
SISXIND404A – Promote compliance with laws and legal principles
TAEDEL301A – Provide work skill instruction
SISXRES402A – Support Implementation Of Environmental Management Practices
SISXRES403A – Use Resources Efficiently

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written
  • Practical Demonstration
  • Scenario
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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