Diploma of Outdoor Recreation

The Diploma of Outdoor Recreation will equip successful participants with the skills and knowledge to become facilitators and managers in outdoor recreation roles.

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Having completed your Certificate IV level training you may wish to complete further training at Diploma level. Completion of all four modules will gain you a Diploma of Outdoor Recreation.

The cost of this module is between $2500 and $3000 and may take 12 months to complete. This is dependent upon the student’s current level of requisite skill and experience in Outdoor Recreation. It is also dependent upon specialisations chosen and current requisite activity skills.

Ideally, when studying this Module you should be working in the Outdoor Recreation industry.

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in planning, implementing and evaluating outdoor recreation programs and activities across a range of activity areas which include complex and non-routine situations. Work would be undertaken autonomously with responsibility for management, leadership of others and maintenance of resources. Work would be performed in and for field locations with varied contexts requiring contingency planning.

Course Outcomes

The following are indicative job roles for this qualification:

  • Facilitator
  • Operations Manager
  • Outdoor Guide (uncontrolled environment)
  • Outdoor Instructor
  • Program Manager

Entry Requirements

To gain entry into this qualification, it is advised that a current first aid certificate is held.
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


33 units must be completed:
18 core units

15 elective units, consisting of:

  • all the units in any two of Activity Specialisations, or
  • all the units in any one of the Activity Specialisations, and all the units in any one of the General Specialisations as defined in the packaging document

the remaining to make up the required 15 elective units from General electives, or any of the above groups; up to 5 of these elective units may be selected elsewhere in SIS10 or any current accredited course or other Training Package, and must be first packaged at AQF level 4 or 5.

In all cases selection of electives must relate to the core function or role of the candidate’s current or intended work environment, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).


The following units are required core subjects

From Cert III

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

From Cert IV

  • BSBWOR404B Develop work priorities
  • SISOODR404A Manage risk in an outdoor activity
  • SISOODR405A Develop and coordinate programs incorporating outdoor activities
  • SISXIND404A Promote compliance with laws and legal principles
  • SISXRES402A Support implementation of environmental management practices
  • SISXEMR402A Coordinate emergency responses
  • SISOOPS407A Apply search and rescue skills
  • SISXRES403A Use resources efficiently

Diploma Core

  • SISOODR506A Evaluate policy for an outdoor organisation
  • SISOOPS508A Manage natural resources
  • SISXCCS402A Coordinate client service activities
  • SISXFAC404A Coordinate facility and equipment acquisition and maintenance
  • SISXIND406A Manage projects
  • SISXOHS503A Establish and maintain occupational health and safety systems
  • SISXRSK502A Manage organisational risk

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 Diploma level specialisations.


  • Group A – Abseiling – Instruct – Natural Surface – Multi Pitch
  • Group B – Bushwalking – Guide – Uncontrolled Environment
  • Group N – Challenge Ropes Course – Manage High Ropes
  • Group O – Challenge Ropes Course – Manage Low Ropes
  • Group P – Climbing – Guide – Natural Surface – Multi Pitch – Lead
  • Group Q – Climbing – Guide – Natural Surface – Single Pitch – Lead
  • Group S – Climbing – Instruct – Natural Surface – Multi Pitch – Lead
  • Group T – Climbing – Instruct – Natural Surface – Single Pitch – Lead
  • Group Y – Mountain Biking–Instruct


  • Group AM – Business Management
  • Group AQ – Tourism – Operation Management
  • Group AR – Tourism Planning
  • Group AU – Volunteer Management


Elective units will be chosen dependent upon your choice of activity specialisations.


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:

  • HLTAID003Provide first aid-Elective
  • SISOOPS305A Provide first aid in a remote location-Elective
  • SISXEMR201A Respond to emergency situations-Elective
  • SISXEMR402A Coordinate emergency responses-Core
  • SISOOPS407A Apply search and rescue skills-Core
  • SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies
  • PUAOPE002B Operate communications systems and equipment

For information with regards to more elective units, you can contact your trainer or the office.

Delivery Options

Please contact Asset Training Australia for delivery options.


This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Course Information