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.

You'll 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.

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

This course is offered as part of the VETDSS program.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Sport & Recreation industry. You 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, you might like to undertake further study in the SIS50612 Diploma of Sports Development.

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
  • Hold a strong interest in fitness and the Sport & Recreation field

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
SISSATH001 - Conduct athletics coaching sessions with foundation level participants
SISSNTB001 - Conduct netball coaching sessions with foundation level participants
SISSSCO001 - Conduct sport coaching sessions with foundation level participants
SISSSOF002 - Continuously improve officiating skills and knowledge
SISSSOF003 - Officiate sport competitions
SISXCAI006 - Facilitate groups
SISXRES002 - Educate user groups

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

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

Students are actively involved in sports based programs within 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

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 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.

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.