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Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

Course Code SIS40621

  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • On Campus
  • Glen Waverley

This course is not available for International Students

Free TAFE Course

You may be eligible to study this course for FREE.


If you have a passion for the great outdoors, the Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership will give you the training and skills to work as an instructor or leader in outdoor recreation and activities.

Career Opportunities

  • Outdoor Guide
  • Outdoor Education Group Leader
  • Activity Leader
  • Adventure Tourism Guide
  • Bush and Adventure Therapy Worker.

Pathway to further studies

  • SIS50421 Diploma of Outdoor Leadership

Studying the Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership at Holmesglen

The course prepares you for the demands of the outdoor education/adventure industry and focuses on training you to both assist or guide a wide range of outdoor activities. Specific skills developed are in the areas of bushwalking, canoeing, white water rafting, challenge high ropes, rock climbing and abseiling. <br> <br>The course content focuses around developing the capabilities required to plan and deliver an outdoor activity session(s) for a wide range of clients. Your ‘classroom’ will be predominantly away in the great outdoors, and at the Glen Waverley Campus. Practical field trips and industry placement form part of the course too. These vary in length from single days to 15-day expeditions.<p>This course is ideal for those with a strong interest in the outdoor environment and a sense of adventure. Having the opportunity to work in the outdoors and facilitate enriching and life-changing outdoor experiences for other people is a fantastic lifestyle. Becoming qualified as an Outdoor Leader allows you to work and live that dream in a truly rewarding career.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be 18 by February 1 of the year they commence the course.<p>Prior to enrolment or commencement of training, you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.<p>You will need to attend an interview to assess suitability for the course. You must be able to commit to attending off-campus field excursions that require overnight camping and stays throughout the year.<p>You must also have the physical capacity to be able to successfully operate and work within the field where you may be required to assist with set up and loading of outdoor leadership equipment, while making sure you follow all Manual Handling WHS legislation.
There are no prerequisites.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


<strong>Timetable: 4 days per week, Monday – Thursday: 9am to 4pm</strong><p>Classes are a combination of both practical and theory delivered with a mix of face-to-face lessons on campus, online classes and field excursions. <p>To receive this qualification, you must complete 27 units of competency, which comprise of 12 core units and 15 elective units.<p>Practical placement is a key component for 60hours of this qualification. It is a structured program designed to give all students of the Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership, a true ‘hands on’ experience prior to entering the industry. Practical placement is designed to bridge the gap between study and employment.
Unit code Unit name
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
SISOPLN004 Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities
SISOPLN005 Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities
SISOFLD002 Minimise environmental impact
SISXFAC001 Maintain equipment for activities
SISOPLN001 Finalise operation of outdoor recreation activities
SISXCCS003 Address client needs
SISXCAI006 Facilitate groups
SISORSC001 Conduct search and rescue
SISXEMR002 Coordinate emergency responses
PUAOPE013 Operate communications systems and equipment
SISOPLN002 Plan outdoor activity sessions
Unit code Unit name
SISOFLD006 Navigate in tracked environments
SISOBWG004 Cross rivers during bushwalks
SISORSC004 Self rescue in white water
SISORAF001 Guide a raft on grade 2 rivers
SISORAF004 Lead rafting activities on grade 2 rivers
SISOBWG002 Bushwalk in difficult tracked environments
SISOBWG006 Lead bushwalks in difficult tracked environments
SISOFLD007 Navigate in difficult tracked environments
SISOCNE005 Lead canoeing activities on inland flatwater
SISOCNE006 Lead canoeing activities on moving water up to grade 1 rivers
SISOCNE002 Paddle a canoe on inland flatwater
SISOCNE003 Paddle a canoe on moving water up to grade 1 rivers
SISOABS003 Abseil single pitches, natural surfaces
SISOABS009 Lead single pitch abseiling activities on natural surfaces
SISOCLM009 Lead single pitch climbing activities on natural surfaces, top rope climbing
SISOCLM002 Top rope climb single pitches, natural surfaces


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply


Click the ‘apply’ button below to get your application started with us. Our friendly Holmesglen team will be in touch to discuss your study opportunities and pre-training requirements.

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Qualification and Recognition

On completion, you will receive the SIS40621 Certificate IV of Outdoor Leadership.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $17,775
Government subsidised $9,732
Concession $1,947
Free TAFE eligible student FREE
Mandatory materials Cost
Activities fee $2,105

Additional Course Cost

Students will be required to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and provide camping gear when undertaking practical activities. Students are required to supply: <br>* Light weight camp shoes <br>* 70-80 litre backpack <br>* Pack liner <br>* Sleeping bag <br>* Sleeping mat <br>* Water bottle or hydration system <br>* Camp Stove and pot(s) <br>* Watch <br>* Whistle <br>* First Aid Kit <br>* Head torch <br>* Compass <br> <br>The total cost of these items is approximately $2400. <br> <br>If additional safety equipment is required, it will be supplied by the Institute.

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


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