Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership


Course Length

Full time:

1 year


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):




Benalla - Samaria Road

Delivery Mode


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.

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

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

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

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in Bachelor of Outdoor Education at La Trobe University, Federation University and Victorian University.

Course Dates & Times

Benalla - Samaria Road

Open from 13/07/2021 - Workshops / Online - 9.00am to 5.00pm / 2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $8,597.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $1,717.00

3. Full Fee: $14,310.00

Course Materials: $1,961.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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 2021 and may change without notice.

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.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Entry Requirements

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:

  • 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
  • Completion of year 11 is preferred
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.

Course Study Units

Core Units
HLTWHS003 - Maintain work health and safety
PUAOPE013 - Operate communications systems and equipment
SISOFLD002 - Minimise environmental impact
SISOPLN001 - Finalise operation of outdoor recreation activities
SISOPLN002 - Plan outdoor activity sessions
SISOPLN004 - Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities
SISOPLN005 - Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities
SISORSC001 - Conduct search and rescue
SISXCAI006 - Facilitate groups
SISXCCS003 - Address client needs
SISXEMR002 - Coordinate emergency responses
SISXFAC001 - Maintain equipment for activities
Elective Units
SISOABL002 - Facilitate adventure-based learning activities
SISOBWG002 - Bushwalk in difficult tracked environments
SISOBWG004 - Cross rivers during bushwalks
SISOBWG006 - Lead bushwalks in difficult tracked environments
SISOCLM002 - Top rope climb single pitches, natural surfaces
SISOCLM006 - Establish belays for single pitch climbing on natural surfaces
SISOCLM009 - Lead single pitch climbing activities on natural surfaces, top rope climbing
SISOFLD006 - Navigate in tracked environments
SISOFLD007 - Navigate in difficult tracked environments
SISORAF001 - Guide a raft on grade 2 rivers
SISORAF002 - Guide a raft on grade 3 rivers
SISORAF005 - Lead rafting activities on grade 3 rivers
SISORSC002 - Perform vertical rescues
SISORSC004 - Self rescue in white water
SISORSC005 - Rescue others in white water
SISORSC006 - Lead and participate in complex white water rescues

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical demonstration
  • Written assessments
  • Scenarios

Course Co-ordinator

Caleb Stoneman - Benalla

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.


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

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.

Learning support

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.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Student Support

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.

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Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

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Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

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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.