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Certificate IV in Leisure and Health


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Certificate IV in Leisure and Health – CHC43415

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Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Leisure and Health is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Diversional Therapy Assistant.

You'll learn how to design, implement, and evaluate health and leisure activities and programs that improve the mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing of clients in your care.

This course can be delivered on-campus or as a Traineeship.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Leisure and Health industry in places such as residential facilities, day centres or within community agencies. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Community Recreation Activity Assistant
  • Day Support Disability Officer
  • Weekend Recreational Activities Officer
  • Recreational Activities Officer
  • Diversional Therapy Assistant
  • Community Leisure Officer

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the Diploma of Nursing or Diploma of Community Services.

Course Dates & Times

Benalla - Samaria Road

Starts Friday 14th Feb, 3 days a week (Tue,Thur,Fri), 9am - 4pm / 2020

Starts Tuesday 14th July, 3 days a week (Tue,Thur,Fri), 9am - 4pm / 2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document your previous work experience and qualifications and assess your suitability for the course
  • Complete a CSPA test to ensure you have the required language, literacy and numeracy levels required for the course
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider ( with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course (Trainees only)

Applicants must also supply:

  • A current and successful Police Check
  • A current Working with Children Check
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Evidence of up to date immunisations prior to the commencement of placement.
Core Units
Use communication to build relationships
Work with diverse people
Work effectively in the leisure and health industries
Contribute to leisure and health programming
Participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of individual leisure and health programs
Participate in planning leisure and health programs for clients with complex needs
Incorporate lifespan development and sociological concepts into leisure and health programming
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Confirm physical health status
Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Elective Units
Facilitate the empowerment of older people
Provide support to people living with dementia
Provide individualised support
Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
Support independence and wellbeing
Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
Plan and conduct recreation programs for older persons

Assessment methods may include:

  • Questionnaire
  • Workplace demonstration
  • Role play
  • Presentation
  • Case study

There are a minimum of 120 placement hours and students will be required to purchase a GOTAFE uniform for the classroom and workplace demonstration.

Robyn Claughton
Campus: Benalla

Rebecca Guy
Campus: Benalla

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions, participate in online sessions and attend industry placement 1 day per week. The online sessions will include access to online resources, completion of activities, assessments and trainer support via goLearn.

On Campus students complete the course full time over a 12 month period. The first three months are completed in the classroom 3 days a week, then move to 2 days a week on campus and 1 day a week mandatory work placement.

Trainees are enrolled for 12 months, with mostly on the job training, they will be advised of attendance requirements at orientation.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

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

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.

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