Sport & Recreation

Turn your commitment to fitness and love of the outdoors into a career. Why not build a foundation to work in sport and recreation in your own community?

GOTAFE is located at the centre of some of Victoria’s most stunning attractions. The high country for mountain bike riding, hiking and skiing. Rivers for kayaking and camping. And by studying right here in northern Victoria, you can avoid the expense of living away from home.

We offer Certificate III to Diploma in Fitness, Outdoor Recreation and Sport Development. Our trainers are industry experienced, teaching you real skills for your career. We work with local adventure operators to provide opportunities for our graduates.

Local fitness centres are always looking for our graduate Personal Trainers. Our relationship with the YMCA and our on site gym give you learning opportunities others won’t get sitting in front of a computer. Increase your job opportunities by attending on campus and meeting local business owners.

Be the front runner for some of these jobs with our qualifications:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Sports Venues Manager
  • Sports Coach
  • Athlete Development Coach at a sporting club
  • Local Government Sport and Recreation Officer
  • Program Coordinator
  • Outdoor Recreation Leader
  • Activity Guide


Do you want to see your community get active? The SIS31015 Certificate III in Community Activity Programs equips you to motivate and guide others to find enjoyment in physical exercise and self-expression. Support people in aged care, run programs for children, or clients with a disability. Run self-defence classes, recreational dance, or learn about being a sports coach. Organise activities that make difference to people’s lives. You’ll get the support to work with real people through your work or school.

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If you want to work in the fitness industry, the Certificate III in Fitness is a must. This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in a range of activities and functions requiring autonomous work within a range of exercise instruction situations and activities.

Qualification outcomes will depend on the elective grouping chosen. Work as a gym instructor, lead group fitness classes, and run aqua fitness sessions at the pool.

Our trainers will teach you the skills you need:

  • Anatomy/physiology
  • How to use fitness equipment
  • Providing first aid
  • Customer service
  • How to work with different groups of people
  • Client screening
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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
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Enjoy playing sports and staying fit? This course will help you turn your passion for sport and recreation into a rewarding career.

You will learn a practical skills including how to plan and conduct sport and recreation sessions, use social media tools for collaboration and engagement and respond to emergency situations.

These skills will help you seek employment as a Recreation, Admin or Retail Assistant.

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Do you have the drive to start your career as personal trainer? If you want to inspire and train clients one on one you need the Certificate IV in Fitness. Work in a gym, a studio or run your own business. We teach you at our on-campus gym or with our fitness partner, the YMCA. Graduates who complete GOTAFE’s qualification have better employment chances than people who study online.
We’ll teach you the skills that count:
-Motivating clients
-Marketing a small business
-Teach strength and conditioning techniques
-Applying sports science to exercise
-Working with diverse clients

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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
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If you want to work in the fitness industry, the Diploma of Fitness is a must. You get to practice fitness skills in our on campus gym and the local YMCA. Work as a Gym Instructor, lead group fitness classes, and run aqua fitness sessions at the pool.

If you’re already working, you can complete this course as a Trainee with the support from your employer.
Our industry expert Trainers will teach you the skills you need:

  • Anatomy/physiology
  • How to use fitness equipment
  • Providing first aid
  • Customer service
  • How to work with different groups of people
  • Client screening
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Build a career exploring your love of the outdoors with the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation. GOTAFE located in Shepparton, in the heart of northern Victoria. 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:

  • A program facilitator
  • Operations Manager at a camp facility
  • Outdoor Program Instructor
  • Program Manager
  • Outdoor Guide (uncontrolled environment)
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Did you love PE or Health and Human Development at school? Make a career out of doing what you love with our Diploma of Sport Movement. With GOTAFE, you gain the skills to work in a sports club, without having to move away to study.

Master the skills needed to coach athletes, or manage sport venues. You can progress to a Bachelor Sport and Outdoor Recreation.

Gain practical experience through:

  • Camps such as athlete training at AIS/Elite Athlete training camps
  • Excursions and observation
  • Practical placements such as working with local PE teachers or sporting facilities
  • On-campus facilities to practice skills
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