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.
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
After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in the SIS50612 Diploma of Sports Development, SIS30315 Certificate III and SIS40215 IV in Fitness.
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
Students will engage in some online self-paced learning and assessments which involves research time and completed assessment tasks. Assessment methods may include:
- Written assignments
- Case studies
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.
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.
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.
A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.
Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.
Jobs and study options
Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.
Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.
Support for personal issues
We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.
Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.
We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.
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.