Outdoor Recreation

About the Course

Depending on the specialisations chosen, this qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in:

Guiding outdoor recreation activities in an uncontrolled environment:-
- It requires technical knowledge of the outdoor recreation activity to be transferred to allow individuals to safely participate in the outdoor activity. It does not provide the skills and knowledge to impart the required level of technical knowledge and expertise to allow participants to independently undertake outdoor recreation activities.

- A guide operating in an uncontrolled environment has the skills, knowledge and experience that enable them to work independently within a variety of settings and contexts that may be complex and non-routine.

Instructing outdoor recreation skills

An instructor has the skills, knowledge and experience to facilitate skill transfer or development to clients in order that they may participate independently (or with minimal supervision) in outdoor activities. This requires the instructor to be able to:

- transfer required technical skills and knowledge to participants
- apply a variety of appropriate instructional strategies
- critique participants technique
- assess participants skill and knowledge acquisition during and at the end of a program or session

In all cases those with this qualification would be managing expected and unexpected situations with considerable autonomy. Leadership, guidance and supervision are involved when organising activities of self and others, as well as contributing to technical solutions of a non-routine or contingency nature. Work would be performed in field locations with varied contexts requiring contingency planning and in differing environments such as water-based, dry land and mountainous terrains, using a diverse range of equipment.

Job roles
The following are indicative job roles for this qualification:
outdoor guide (uncontrolled environment)
outdoor instructor.

NSW Skills List

This qualification is on the NSW Skills List. The NSW Government will subsidise eligible students to undertake this qualification. For more information see Smart and Skilled

Available as a traineeship

This course is targeted to people who have access to workplaces which will provide experiences and learning to support the agreed units for the qualification.

Qualification Certificate IV
National Code SIS40313
Where can I study?

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 judgement of the RTO, in consultation with the individual.

Career Opportunities

Outdoor guide (uncontrolled environment)
Outdoor instructor

Study Options

Recognition of Prior Learning

Student Hubs

TAFE Western Connect - Choose how or where you study:

  • Online - Study using TAFE Western's online learning website
  • Workplace - Study at work supported by your supervisor and TAFE Western
  • Blended Learning - Study via a combination of online, workshops, web/video conferencing and mobile training units

On Campus - Study at a TAFE campus

You may have skills, knowledge, previous training or experience which is relevant to this course. If so, you may wish to have this recognised. This may also reduce your training time. For further information, visit Recognition and RPL

Our Student Hubs are a great place to study, relax and find out more about how you can get the most out of your studies.

Where can I study?


  Starts in January

  Part time

  On Campus

Enrolment Code: SIS40313-01V03-19LHG-011


How will I study?

This course is designed to meet the needs of students employed by Industry partners who employ trainees. Course duration is usually 10 months part time (depending on current competence and industry experience).

The course is designed to meet the needs of mainstream students and outdoor professionals currently employed in industry or who are making a break into the industry and have relevant skills/experience. TAFE Western also customizes the delivery of the course to suit specific target groups of students employed by a range of outdoor companies as well as a range of full time employees in the outdoor recreation (or associated) industry who require upgrading of qualifications commensurate with current industry expectations (such as Australian Activity Standards). TAFE Western is tailoring its delivery to suit industry requirements and individual employer needs. Course duration is over 2 semesters in block delivery.

Most classroom days are 9am - 5pm. There are some field days that are single days. Overnight field trips of up to 5 days/4 nights are scheduled. The course is ideally rostered on Monday to Friday, but there may be some time spent in the field on the weekends.

Elective units are chosen based on industry needs & employablility for graduates. These electives generally reflect the following combinations of activity specialisations: bushwalking; canoeing; adventure based learning; low/high ropes; mountain biking and abseiling. These practical areas can be supplemented by addition activity units as required.

Trainee and Industry students may be integrated into classes as a means to increasing efficiency of delivery and financial sustainability.

The course can be completed in 12 months allowing opportunities for full integration with work experience. Entry to this qualification by persons without prior outdoor recreation industry experience or formal qualifications and/or a Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation or equivalent experience is not recommended. In addition, a strong background of personal involvement in outdoor activities is recommended. A medical clearance that provides evidence that a student is able to participate in sustained physical activity in a remote setting is required.

Come visit us in the Outdoor Recreation Section at Lithgow Campus, 2 Hill Street, E Block on Tuesday 22 January at 2pm for an information seesion or call our Certificate 4 Course Coordinator Rachael Kennedy on 63520478 to discuss this course now and finalise your enrolment.

This program includes activities which are to be completed in your own time.

When will I study?

Class attendance is Part time

The course is delivered via a series of training blocks as opposed to a regular program across a normal five day cycle. Students can be provided with a detailed program/delivery schedule prior to the commencement of the course.

Course length: 20 hours per week for 36 Weeks

Start Date: 29 January 2019
End Date: 13 December 2019

What will I pay?

An additional course materials fee of $300 applies which covers use & borrowing of TAFE equipment, equipment maintenance, use of TAFE showers, washing machines & kitchen facilties during TAFE hours, printing of resources including maps.

The amount you pay will depend on your individual circumstances.

TAFE NSW Government-subsidised fee (for eligible students): Up to $2,750.00 per course (GST free).

The fee that is displayed is the price for a student completing their second qualification and meeting eligibility criteria. The fee you pay may be lower depending on your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, a concession or an exemption. In some cases there are limited government subsidised places available.

Please contact your nearest TAFE Western campus or call us on 1300 823 393 for a personal fee assessment and to find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place. If you do not gain a subsidised place you may be able to enrol and pay the non-government subsidised fee.

A payment must be made towards your course fee (if applicable) at the time you enrol or your place in the class will not be confirmed and you will not be able to access any of your learning resources.

Additional Costs

There is an additional cost for Materials of $300.00.

Payment Options

Eligible For Instalments

TAFE Western can also make arrangements for payment by instalment. Contact us to discuss how you can use these arrangements.

Who can I talk to?

Please contact the TAFE West Region Hotline on 131601.