Certificate III in Sport and Recreation


Course Length

Part time:

2 years

Contact Hours

Part time:

1 day a week


Student Services Fees (per year):


Delivery Mode


Course Overview

The Certificate III in Sport and Recreation is the recognised qualification to work within the aquatic and recreation industry.

Participants will learn a range of skills needed to provide operational and customer support in recreation and community sport contexts, including risk management, first aid, and emergency response.

Students will also learn skills in education and facilitation, conducting warm-up and cool-down activities, and officiating games or competitions.

This course is only delivered as part of GOTAFE’s VET Delivered to Secondary Schools (VETDSS) program. Students interested in undertaking this course need to enrol through their school.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares graduates to work in the Sport & Recreation industry. Graduates may find work in a range of contexts, including:

  • Fitness Centres
  • Sporting Grounds or Complexes
  • Leisure & Aquatic Centres
  • Community Recreation Centres

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in the SIS50612 Diploma of Sports Development, SIS30315 Certificate III and SIS40215 IV in Fitness.

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:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Hold a strong interest in fitness and the Sport & Recreation field
  • VETDSS: Please ask your school's VET coordinator or Careers advisor to apply for this course.

Course Study Units

Core Units
BSBWHS303 - Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
BSBWOR301 - Organise personal work priorities and development
HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety
ICTWEB201 - Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement
SISXCAI003 - Conduct non-instructional sport, fitness or recreation sessions
SISXCAI004 - Plan and conduct programs
SISXCCS001 - Provide quality service
SISXEMR001 - Respond to emergency situations
Elective Units
BSBADM307 - Organise schedules
SISSAFL001 - Participate in Australian football at an intermediate level
SISSAFL002 - Participate in Australian football at an advanced level
SISSATH001 - Conduct athletics coaching sessions with foundation level participants
SISSNTB001 - Conduct netball coaching sessions with foundation level participants
SISSPAR001 - Participate in sport at an intermediate level
SISSPAR002 - Participate in sport at an advanced level
SISSPAR003 - Follow specialist dietary advice
SISSPAR008 - Maintain personal wellbeing as an athlete
SISSPAR009 - Participate in conditioning for sport
SISSSCO001 - Conduct sport coaching sessions with foundation level participants
SISSSOF002 - Continuously improve officiating skills and knowledge
SISSSOF003 - Officiate sport competitions
SISXCAI006 - Facilitate groups
SISXRES001 - Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces
SISXRES002 - Educate user groups

Assessment Methods

Students will engage in some online self-paced learning and assessments which involves research time and completed assessment tasks. Assessment methods may include:

  • Observation
  • Quizzes
  • Written assignments
  • Case studies
  • Workbooks

Students are also strongly encouraged to engage with their trainer outside their training in order to enhance their learning by using the opportunity to clarify assessment via face-to-face meetings, email, goLearn platform and phone where required.

Students will be actively involved in sports-based programs within the industry, for example, sports coaching delivered within the Primary school sector.

Additional Information

Students are issued with a GOTAFE polo shirt, and are required to provide their own personal sporting shorts/tracksuit pants and shoes.

Activities included in the program are covered in fees.

Some activities may require students to travel to specified venues for example, Shepparton Basketball Stadium and the local football oval.

Course Co-ordinator

Cassy Campbell

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 are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions. A timetable will be provided upon enrolment.

VETDSS students will complete the course over a 2 year period, attending classes 1 day a week; including guided workplace practicals within the school sporting programs.

Activities included in the program are covered in fees, however, some activities may require students to travel to specified venues for example Shepparton Basketball Stadium and the local football oval. Students are issued with a GOTAFE polo shirt and are required to provide their own personal sporting shorts/tracksuit pants and shoes.

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.

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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.