Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation

Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation will give successful participants the skills and knowledge to pursue careers as outdoor guides and instructors.

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Having completed your activity guide qualification you may wish to complete further training at Certificate IV level. The cost for this level of training is $1500.00 based on our standard course structure. Completion of modules One, Two & Three will gain you a Certificate IV qualification.

Depending on additional 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.

Course Outcomes

A Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation will be awarded upon successful completion of this course. This will be suited to the following job roles:

  • Outdoor guide (uncontrolled environment)
  • Outdoor instructor

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


31 units must be completed

15 core units and
16 elective units, consisting of:

  • all the units in any two Activity Groups
  • the remaining to make up the required 16 elective units from the electives below, or any of the above groups; up to 5 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.


From Module One (Certificate II)

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • SISXEMR201A Respond to emergency situations

From Module Two (Certificate III)

  • SISOODR302A Plan outdoor recreation activities
  • SISOOPS306A Interpret weather conditions in the field
  • TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction

This qualification is customisable to suit the needs of individual participants and includes a total of 80 units. During the enrolment process, participants will work with our experienced trainers to develop an individual learning plan based on the following 15 core units and 65 elective units of their choice.

Cert IV core

  • BSBWOR404B Develop work priorities
  • SISOODR404A Manage risk in an outdoor activity
  • SISOODR405A Develop and coordinate programs incorporating outdoor activities
  • SISXCCS404A Address client needs
  • SISXIND404A Promote compliance with laws and legal principles
  • SISXIND405A Conduct projects
  • SISXOHS402A Implement and monitor occupational health and safety policies
  • SISXRES402A Support implementation of environmental management practices
  • SISXRES403A Use resources efficiently
  • SISOOPS407A Apply search and rescue skills (Studied in Wilderness First Responder)


Here following elective units are standard offerings for this qualification.

Climbing – Guide – Natural Surface – Top Rope (from Cert III)

  • SISONAV201A Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment
  • 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

Tour Guiding

  • SITTGDE301 Work as a guide
  • SITTGDE303 Lead tour groups
  • SITTGDE304 Prepare and present tour commentaries or activities
  • SITTGDE305 Develop and maintain the general and regional knowledge required by guides


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.Wilderness First Aid is included as a base skill set in the delivery of this qualification. It includes the following units:

Included in the core

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • SISXEMR201A Respond to emergency situations
  • SISOOPS407A Apply search and rescue skills

From general electives

  • SISXEMR402A Coordinate emergency responses
  • SISOOPS305A Provide first aid in a remote location

From ‘elsewhere’ within the Training package

  • SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies
  • PUAOPE002B Operate communications systems and equipment



We offer the following activity specialisations, or you may elect to study other specialisations from the packaging document if agreeable with the RTO. Please note; many of the following activity specialisations require assessment of prerequisite activity skills. Should the student not hold prerequisite knowledge then the required units must be completed before completion of the Certificate IV level specialisations

  • Abseiling – Guide – Natural Surface – Multi Pitch
  • Abseiling – Instruct – Natural Surface – Single Pitch
  • Bushwalking – Guide – Intermediate Environment
  • Bushwalking – Instruct – Controlled Environment
  • Bushwalking – Instruct – Intermediate Environment
  • Bushwalking – Instruct – Uncontrolled Environment
  • Canoeing – Instruct – Flat Water
  • Kayaking – Instruct – Flat Water
  • Challenge Ropes Course – Supervise High Ropes
  • Challenge Ropes Course – Supervise Low Ropes
  • Climbing – Guide – Natural Surface – Single Pitch – Lead
  • Climbing – Instruct – Natural Surface – Single Pitch – Lead
  • Climbing – Instruct – Natural Surface -Top Rope
  • Mountain Biking – Guide
    • For information with regards to more elective units, you can contact your trainer or the office.

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning is available on request.



This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

On successful completion of this course, students may choose to increase their skills by studying a Diploma of Outdoor Recreation.

Course Fees

Full Course: $1500 plus activity electives
Payment Plans available

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