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Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation


Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation – SIS40313

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Course Overview

Put your sense of adventure to use with a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation. Your classroom is out in the field—you'll learn to facilitate and lead outdoor activities in a range of settings.

You'll learn:

  • Search and rescue skills
  • Skills to plan and implement complex activities
  • How to apply first aid
  • Climbing
  • Canoeing
  • How to guide intermediate bushwalks
  • How to guide off-road cycle tours
  • Navigation skills

This course is delivered as a hands-on, field-based program. You'll also undertake some readings and online learning to develop your leadership and facilitation skills.

Career Pathways

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

  • Outdoor Guide
  • Outdoor Instructor
  • Basic adventure activity programming
  • Activity Facilitator/Leader

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the SIS50310 Diploma of Outdoor Recreation.

You might also like to pursue a Bachelor of Outdoor Education at LaTrobe University or Federation University.

Course Dates & Times

Currently there are no upcoming sessions available for this course. To register your interest in this course, click the "Register Your Interest" button at the top of this page.

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials

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 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

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.

Training package entry requirements

Entry to this qualification by persons without prior outdoor recreation industry experience or formal qualifications is not recommended.

Examples of sufficient relevant skills and knowledge for entry into the qualification may include:

  • Previous qualification at the AQF level below
  • Previous experience in the outdoor recreation industry and interest in outdoor pursuits

Entry into this qualification and progression between qualification levels will be based on the professional judgment of the RTO, in consultation with the individual.

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
  • Outdoor experience which may include previous experience participating in an outdoor education program, pursuit of an outdoor activity, scouts, cadets or previous work in an outdoor adventure context, essentially some exposure to natural environments in an adventure activity context.
Core Units
Develop Work Priorities
Provide first aid
Plan Outdoor Recreation Activities
Manage risk in an outdoor activity
Develop And Coordinate Programs Incorporating Outdoor Activities
Interpret Weather Conditions In The Field
Apply Search And Rescue Skills
Address Client Needs
Respond To Emergency Situations
Promote compliance with laws and legal principles
Conduct Projects
Implement And Monitor Occupational Health And Safety Policies
Support Implementation Of Environmental Management Practices
Use Resources Efficiently
Provide work skill instruction
Elective Units
Provide first aid in remote situations
Facilitate Adventure-based Learning Activities
Safeguard An Abseiler Using A Single Rope Belay System
Demonstrate Bushwalking Skills In A Controlled Environment
Apply Intermediate Bushwalking Skills
Guide Bushwalks In A Controlled Environment
Apply River Crossing Skills
Guide Intermediate Bushwalks
Apply Climbing Skills On Natural Surfaces
Establish Belays For Climbing On Natural Surfaces
Guide Top Rope Climbing Activities On Natural Surfaces
Perform Deep Water Rescues
Apply canoeing skills
Guide Canoeing Trips On Flat And Undemanding Water
Instruct Canoeing Skills On Flat And Undemanding Water
Conduct A High Ropes Session
Supervise a high ropes session
Demonstrate Basic Cycling Skills
Demonstrate Basic Off-road Cycling Skills
Apply advanced off-road cycling skills
Guide Off-road Cycle Tours
Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment
Apply Navigation Skills In An Intermediate Environment
Guide Outdoor Recreation Sessions
Use and maintain a temporary or overnight site
Perform Vertical Rescues
Coordinate Emergency Responses
Lead tour groups

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical demonstration
  • Written assessments
  • Scenarios

Students will travel to the Australian Alps, Mt Arapiles, Sapphire Coast, Wilsons Prom, Western Port and the Cathedral Ranges. These locations are essentially the classrooms from which GOTAFE outdoor recreation training is delivered and assessed. There is an expectation that students will participate in the entire duration of each scheduled excursion, including staying overnight at the designated venue.

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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. Students will be enrolled in 860 hours of training.

Students will also complete self-guided training in each of the specialisations areas that they enrol in, each specialisation will have an additional minimum recommended hours that student will need to log and include in their portfolio.

Students are also required to attend all face-to-face sessions run on campus.

On campus students complete the course part time over 12 months, attending classes 2 days a week.

Trainees are enrolled full time for 12 months and complete the majority of the training in the workplace and through off campus camps.

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 click Enquire Now.

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.

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

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.

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