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Outdoor Training College

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SIS40621 - Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

The Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership is aimed at people that are either already working in the Outdoor Recreation sector or for those that want to launch their career. The nationally recognised qualification provides skills and knowledge for an individual to competently guide an outdoor recreation activity. An instructor has the skills, knowledge and experience to facilitate skill transfer or development to clients in order that they may participate in outdoor activities.



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We guarantee we will run your course!

We GUARANTEE that if you ENROL we will RUN YOUR SELECTED COURSE- even if you are the ONLY PARTICIPANT!

Note: Face-to-Face training dates can be found on our TRAINING CALENDAR - Should you require a specific date or location, please contact the office and we can make mutual arrangements to assist you.You will need to travel to our locations for Training & Assessment


Blended Flexible Training

The course is delivered via our web-based on-line learning in conjunction with face-to-face training sessions in the field, a flexible blended learning environment.

The course content focuses on key skills that develop your knowledge so that you can successfully plan and deliver an outdoor recreation activity. This may include developing skills in risk management, navigation, weather interpretation, environment factors, health and safety, emergency response and overall planning skills in a wide range of work environments. These are all completed in the context of your selected activities and the online theory component of all courses

The face-to-face training and assessment is conducted in various locations throughout Australia and is based upon demand. The activity calendar is regularly updated, (every 3 months) to reflect current enrolments. The calendar is on-line allowing students to view and select their own training/ assessment session within their course time-frame.

Self pace learning may vary from individual to individual, so it is important to proceed at a pace that will enable you to complete all aspects of your course within the course timeframe. There is also a significant practical aspect to the training, which will be scheduled

The nominal hours for Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation is approximately 851 hours. Spending 16.5 hours a week would mean you may be able to finish your certificate IV in 12 months.

* nominal hours are a guide only and based upon Government Funding and may not be the actual time needed to finalise any course.


Course Options and Career Opportunities

An outdoor recreation activity instructor instructs and guides individuals and groups in outdoor adventure activities such as bicycle touring, bushwalking, canoeing, caving, cross country skiing, horse riding, trekking, rafting, rock climbing and sailing. Instructors develop the skills of participants so that they can act independently or with minimal supervision following the program or course.

Our standard course has the following activity specialisation options; Abseiling, Bushwalking, Canoeing, Climbing, Cycle Touring, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Sea Kayaking and Snorkelling.

Additional or Other Activities: Additional activities are available upon request. You would need to contact the office to discuss any alteration to our normal course structure. Other activity specialisations may incur additional fees. They are usually completed as a one-on-one training and assessment or may require specialised equipment to complete the necessary tasks for these activities.


Course Pre-Requisites & RPL and Credit Transfer

RPL and Credit Transfer

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) and or Credit transfer is available and you must meet the criteria associated with this process. Regardless of the assessment pathway undertaken the pricing structure remains the same.

Note: Applicants applying for an Internal Credit may be eligible for a reduction in the course fees (at the discretion of the Training Manager)... more information about Credit Transfers can be found here


Enrolment Requirements

This course has the following enrolment requirement:

  • Aged 18 or over (industry driven requirement), HSC or mature background.
  • It is desirable that participants have the physical attributes to participate in adventurous physical activities.
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and any associated costs to and from face-to-face training and assessment sessions.
  • Have access to a fully-functional computer/smart device loaded with a web-browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox) and appropriate software applications to read PDF files (e.g. Adobe), produce documents (e.g. Microsoft Word etc -note we work in Microsoft so you would need to have compatable applications)
  • Have access to a computer/smart device with reliable Internet access (ability to download and upload documentation from/to the College's online learning server)
  • Have a current valid email account for online learning and assessment communication and support;
  • Have a telephone and current valid telephone number for learning and assessment communication and support
  • Successfully complete all assessment tasks within the required timeframes.