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Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership


Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership SIS40619

Course Overview

This qualification reflects the role of highly skilled outdoor recreation leaders who lead and supervise dependent participants in recreational activities according to activity plans, which they develop.

These leaders are proficient in recreational activity techniques and have well-developed leadership skills to manage group participation, cohesion, operational logistics, risk and significant problems as they arise. While actions are limited by the parameters of plans, policies and procedures, they work with a considerable amount of autonomy.

Students enrolling in this course will be undertaking a full-time study of outdoor recreation leadership in a range of adventure activities. Students do not need any formal previous experience, however, they should have at least an appreciation of outdoor environments and some of the challenges that they may present. It is recommended that students have had some camping experience, outdoor education programs, or time pursuing an adventure activity.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

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

The Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation prepares you to work in the following roles:

  • Outdoor guide (uncontrolled environment)
  • Outdoor instructor
  • Basic adventure activity programming
  • Activity Facilitator/Leader

Further Study

On successful completion of SIS40619 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership qualification students can undertake further study in SIS50619 Diploma of in Outdoor Leadership.

Pathway to the Bachelor of Outdoor Education at La Trobe University and Victoria University is considered a possibility - Please note each University have specific entry requirements that students must meet.

Course Dates & Times

Benalla - Samaria Road

Blended - Open from Monday 21st February, 9.00am - 5.00pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, 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.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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Training package entry requirements

There are no training package 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.
  • Completion of year 11 is preferred
  • Wilderness First Aid - (preferred but must have before the first camp)
It is desirable that applicants have:
  • Outdoor experience which may include previous experience participating in an outdoor education program, pursuit of outdoor activities, scouts, cadets or previous work in an outdoor adventure context, essentially some exposure to natural environments in an adventure activity context.

Applicants need to be aware that:

  • During the course, they will be required to spend extended time away from home sleeping in tents
  • This program runs in any and all environmental conditions. They will be required to have sufficient equipment to keep themselves safe and comfortable
  • Applicants are advised that studying and working in the outdoor industry requires physical stamina
  • Trips run over school holiday periods and some weekends

Inherent requirements:

  • Physical stamina to carry out physical outdoor tasks
Core Units
Maintain work health and safety
Operate communications systems and equipment
Minimise environmental impact
Finalise operation of outdoor recreation activities
Plan outdoor activity sessions
Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities
Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities
Conduct search and rescue
Facilitate groups
Address client needs
Coordinate emergency responses
Maintain equipment for activities
Elective Units
Facilitate adventure-based learning activities
Bushwalk in difficult tracked environments
Cross rivers during bushwalks
Lead bushwalks in difficult tracked environments
Top rope climb single pitches, natural surfaces
Establish belays for single pitch climbing on natural surfaces
Lead single pitch climbing activities on natural surfaces, top rope climbing
Navigate in tracked environments
Navigate in difficult tracked environments
Guide a raft on grade 3 rivers
Lead rafting activities on grade 3 rivers
Perform vertical rescues
Self rescue in white water
Rescue others in white water
Lead and participate in complex white water rescues

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical demonstration
  • Written assessments
  • Scenarios

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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.

Resources to be provided by students:

  • Appropriate outdoor recreation clothing suitable for activities and time of year
  • jacket
  • hiking shoes/boots
  • wet weather clothing
  • tent - preferred
  • sleeping bag
  • provisions for camps including food, cooking equipment, personal hygiene products

Training facilities:

  • State and National Parks
  • Camp grounds
  • Rockfaces/climbing walls
  • Camping fees and permits organised by GOTAFE


There is no mandatory placement for this qualification however the student is required to commit to face-to-face practical camps.

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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.

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Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification

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