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Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation


Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation – SIS30413

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Course Overview

Work as an Activity Guide and get paid to do the outdoor activities you love with the Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation.

You'll learn skills in:

  • Running water-based activities such as kayaking or white water rafting
  • Running dry land and mountain activities such as mountain bike riding or hiking
  • Using a diverse range of equipment
  • Applying first aid
  • Instructing people

You'll graduate with the skills to plan and implement basic outdoor recreation programs across a range of adventure activities.

This course is delivered as a hands-on, field-based program. You'll also complete some online support activities and readings to help you build skills in leadership and facilitation.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in Outdoor Education as an Outdoor Activity Guide. You may find work running activities at camps, recreation centres, or in the field.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the Diploma of Outdoor Education at GOTAFE.

You might also like to pursue pathways into courses in Recreation Management or Emergency Services at other education providers.

Course Dates & Times

Currently there are no upcoming sessions available for this course. To register your interest in this course, click the "Register Your Interest" button at the top of this page.

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

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 Certificate II level
  • 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 (GOTAFE), 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
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider ( with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course.
Core Units
Organise personal work priorities and development
Provide first aid
Plan Outdoor Recreation Activities
Guide Outdoor Recreation Sessions
Minimise Environmental Impact
Interpret Weather Conditions In The Field
Facilitate groups
Provide Customer Service
Respond To Emergency Situations
Follow Occupational Health And Safety Policies
Undertake risk analysis of activities
Provide work skill instruction
Elective Units
Operate Communications Systems And Equipment
Assist In The Facilitation Of Adventure-based Learning Activities
Safeguard An Abseiler Using A Single Rope Belay System
Demonstrate Bushwalking Skills In A Controlled Environment
Guide Bushwalks In A Controlled Environment
Apply Climbing Skills On Natural Surfaces
Establish Belays For Climbing On Natural Surfaces
Guide Top Rope Climbing Activities On Natural Surfaces
Perform Deep Water Rescues
Apply canoeing skills
Guide Canoeing Trips On Flat And Undemanding Water
Conduct A Low Ropes Session
Conduct A High Ropes Session
Demonstrate Basic Cycling Skills
Demonstrate Basic Off-road Cycling Skills
Apply advanced off-road cycling skills
Guide Off-road Cycle Tours
Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment
Use and maintain a temporary or overnight site
Perform Vertical Rescues
Work as a guide
Lead tour groups

Assessment methods may include:

  • Quizzes
  • Case studies
  • Role plays
  • Practical observations

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It is important that students commit to all course requirements. Students will need to attend all excursions identified in their study plan, complete all written work and keep a personal portfolio.

Students will also complete self-guided training in each of the specialisation 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.

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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