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    Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Every day brings a new adventure in this exciting career. Lead people on excursions into the great outdoors and learn the tricks of the trade in outdoor recreation. Gain practical skills to work as an outdoor guide in various recreation businesses and activities.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Plan and lead bush walks, canoe trips and mountain biking activities

    • Plan and lead outdoor recreation activities

    • Navigate trip routes

    • Respond to emergency situations

    Course outcomes

    Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

    • Skills to plan trips and expeditions

    • The ability to navigate difficult bushwalking tracks

    • A sound understanding of correct responses to emergency situations and workplace health and safety practices

    • A solid pathway to further study

    • Strong foundational knowledge and practical skills to pursue career opportunities in the outdoor and recreation industry

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

    This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

    • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

    • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.


    • TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

    • Be employed in the sport and recreation industry as this course is delivered in the workplace

    • Have a signed traineeship contract

    • Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.

    Completion requirements

    During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

    • A Working with Children Check (WWCC)

    • A?National Police Check?

    Entry recommendations

    To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • Adequate fitness to complete outdoor recreation tasks such as bushwalking or canoeing

    • Mobility to deliver First Aid such as performing CPR while kneeling on the floor

    • good time management skills

    • Experience using computers and access to the internet and a computer or other mobile device

    • Time for self-paced study and assessment completion outside of scheduled class times

    TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like: outdoor activity guide and outdoor recreation guide.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    Previous study0 Courses

    Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

    The Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership does not have any pre-requisite courses.

    Further study1 Course

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    Related study2 Courses

    Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

    Your experience counts

    At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 22 units of competency, including 9 core and 13 speciality units.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

    • Participate in workplace health and safetyHLTWHS001

    • Operate communications systems and equipmentPUAOPE013

    • Minimise environmental impactSISOFLD002

    • Finalise operation of outdoor recreation activitiesSISOPLN001

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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