Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation


Course Length

Full time:

12 - 36 months


Subsidised Trainee:


Subsidised Trainee (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):


Delivery Mode


Course Overview

The Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation is the recognised qualification to work in the Sport & Recreation industry in an aquatic or recreation facility.

You'll learn to conduct and oversee fitness and recreational activities, respond to emergency situations, and apply risk management processes.

This course is delivered as a Traineeship.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in an aquatic or community recreation environment such as a swimming pool or community recreation centre.

Further Study

After graduating, you might wish to undertake further study in the SIS50612 Diploma of Sport & Recreation.

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Trainee: $1,354.00

2. Subsidised Trainee (Concession): $269.00

3. Full Fee: $3,093.00

Course Materials: $126.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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 2021 and may change without notice.

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.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Entry Requirements

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 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
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course
  • Candidates holding a strong interest in the Sport & Recreation field

Course Study Units

Core Units
SISXCAI003 - Conduct non-instructional sport, fitness or recreation sessions
SISXCCS001 - Provide quality service
SISXEMR001 - Respond to emergency situations
SISXIND001 - Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments
SISXRES002 - Educate user groups
Elective Units
BSBRSK401 - Identify risk and apply risk management processes
BSBWOR301 - Organise personal work priorities and development
HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
SISSSOF002 - Continuously improve officiating skills and knowledge
SISSSOF003 - Officiate sport competitions
SISXCAI001 - Provide equipment for activities
SISXCAI006 - Facilitate groups
SISXCAI007 - Assist with activities not requiring equipment
SISXHRM001 - Recruit and manage volunteers
SISXMGT001 - Develop and maintain stakeholder relationships

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written assignments/reports
  • Case studies
  • Online forums
  • Role plays
  • Oral presentations
  • E-portfolio
  • Practical demonstrations

Course Co-ordinator

Sharlene Wohlers

Attendance & 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 required to complete some assessments online.

Attendance on campus is not required as the course is entirely online.

Where to From Here

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 submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

Student Support

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

Learner's Rights

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

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.