Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation

Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation

This qualification has been specifically designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to become competent in guiding outdoor recreation activities.

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In the second module, you will study as an Activity Leader (Guide). The cost for this level is $1950.00 dependent on the activities that you choose (Price based on Abseiling/Rockclimbing Guide). This phases usually takes 4 to 6 months to complete (part time).

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in guiding outdoor recreation activities in a controlled 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 a controlled environment has the skills, knowledge and experience to work autonomously within a closely defined range of skilled operations involving known routines, methods and procedures, where a small amount of discretion and judgement is required in the selection of equipment, services or contingency measures. This person may work independently only within clearly defined contexts where there are clearly defined Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and relevant documented guidelines, key safety features and risk management procedures for the specific activity location, they are familiar with those SOPs, and where assistance is available should a non-routine situation arise.

Work can be undertaken either autonomously or as part of a team under supervision. This supervision can be on or off site and would provide support to deal appropriately with unplanned or unexpected events. Work would be undertaken in field locations with clearly defined site specific situations such as camps, recreation centers or facilities or fields on various public lands. Work may be undertaken in differing environments such as water-based, dry land and mountainous terrains, using a diverse range of equipment.

Course Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this course participants will be awarded with a Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation will be awarded. This will be suited to the following job roles:

  • Outdoor guide (controlled environment)

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.

Units of Competency


24 units must be completed:
12 core units
12 elective units, consisting of:

  • all the units in any two of Groups A to AJ, or
  • all the units in any one of Groups A to AJ, and all the units in any one of Groups AK to AT
  • the remaining to make up the required 12 elective units from General electives, or any of the above groups; up to 4 of these remaining units may be selected elsewhere in SIS10, or any current accredited course or other Training Package, and must be first packaged at AQF level 2, 3 or 4.

In all cases, selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).

Core units

From Cert II

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • SISOOPS201A Minimise environmental impact
  • SISXEMR201A Respond to emergency situations
  • SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies

Cert III core

  • SISXCCS201A Provide customer service (studied at Cert II)
  • SISOODR302A Plan outdoor recreation activities
  • SISOODR303A Guide outdoor recreation sessions
  • SISOOPS306A Interpret weather conditions in the field
  • SISXCAI306A Facilitate groups
  • SISXRSK301A Undertake risk analysis of activities
  • TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction
  • BSBWOR301B Organise personal work priorities and development

Elective units

  • SISONAV201A Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment (common to all activity electives, studied at Cert II)

Abseiling – Guide – Single Pitch – Natural Surfaces

  • SISOABN202A Safeguard an abseiler using a single rope belay system From Cert II)
  • SISOABN303A Apply single pitch abseiling skills on natural surfaces
  • SISOABN304A Establish ropes for single pitch abseiling on natural surfaces
  • SISOABN305A Guide abseiling on single pitch natural surfaces

Climbing – Guide – Natural Surfaces – Top Rope

  • SISOCLN302A Apply climbing skills on natural surfaces
  • SISOCLN303A Establish belays for climbing on natural surfaces
  • SISOCLN304A Guide top rope climbing activities on natural surfaces
  • SISOVTR301A Perform vertical rescues

Wilderness First Aid is included as a base skill set in this course. Wilderness First Aid is required by many outdoor operations as a staff requirement at staff expense. Thus there is no need to have to pay more money to gain this skill set at a later date.
It includes the following units:

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid (included in the core)
  • SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies(included in the core)
  • SISXEMR201A Respond to emergency situations (included in the core)
  • PUAOPE002B Operate communications systems and equipment
  • SISOOPS305A Provide first aid in a remote location
  • SISOOPS407A Apply search and rescue skills
  • SISXEMR402A Coordinate emergency responses

Persons NOT wishing to do Wilderness First Aid may complete their Certificate III utilising three units from Module One.

NOTE: Wilderness First Aid is required for Certificate IV study.

Canoeing – Guide – Flat Water

  • SISOCNE303A Apply canoeing skills
  • SISOCNE305A Guide canoeing trips on flat and undemanding water

Kayaking – Guide – Flat Water

  • SISOKYK302A Apply kayaking skills
  • SISOKYK304A Guide kayaking trips on flat and undemanding water


  • SISOCNE202A Perform deep water rescues

Group C – Bushwalking – Guide – Controlled Environment

  • PUAOPE002B Operate communications systems and equipment
  • SISOBWG201A Demonstrate bushwalking skills in a controlled environment
  • SISOBWG303A Guide bushwalks in a controlled environment
  • SISONAV201A Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment

Group H – Challenge Ropes Course – Conduct High Ropes

  • SISOABL301A Assist in the facilitation of adventure-based learning activities
  • SISOCRP302A Conduct a high ropes session

Group I – Challenge Ropes Course – Conduct Low Ropes

  • SISOABL301A Assist in the facilitation of adventure-based learning activities
  • SISOCRP301A Conduct a low ropes session

Group X – Mountain Biking – Guide

  • SISOCYT202A Demonstrate basic cycling skills
  • SISOMBK201A Demonstrate basic off-road cycling skills
  • SISOMBK302A Apply advanced off-road cycling skills
  • SISOMBK303A Guide off-road cycle tours
  • SISONAV302A Apply navigation skills in an intermediate environment

For information with regards to more elective units, please contact Martin Worth on 0413 157 358.

Delivery Options

This course is delivered by both self-paced study and practical learning. Tutorial advice is available by telephone or email with the trainer.

This qualification takes between 4 month and 6 months (part-time) to complete depending on your availability to attend on-the-job training and the speed at which you complete your self-paced study.

Recognition of Prior Learning is available on request.


This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Course Fees

Full Course: $1950
Payment Plans available

*Please note that these course fees are subject to change dependent upon the activities you choose to participate in.


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