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Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

National Course Code: SIS40619


The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership prepares you to lead groups of people through exciting outdoor adventures while offering support and motivation. You will fine tune your outdoor activity skills and create safe, memorable experiences for those wanting to connect with the great outdoors.


Through theory and practical course work learn to:

  • Manage group dynamics
  • Exercise leadership strategies
  • Initiate healthy communication
  • Support people with disabilities
  • Navigate difficult bushwalking tracks
  • Maintain canoeing, abseiling, cycling and climbing equipment
  • Coordinate emergency situations
  • Ensure work, health and safety


Develop the attributes to get ahead in this industry:

  • A love for nature, adventure and the great outdoors
  • Communication
  • Positive and solution based thinking
  • Great time management
  • Enthusiasm and ability to motivate others


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • The option to complete your First Aid certificate

Career opportunities:

  • Outdoor activity leader
  • Outdoor activity guide


This is the highest TAFE NSW qualification available in outdoor leadership. Want to keep learning? Develop a specific skill with one of our short courses or choose a business qualification and turn your new skills into a thriving business.


Australians are ditching technology and getting back to nature with weekends spent exploring, camping and taking part in corporate retreats and group leisure activities. Outdoor adventure guides are in an exciting niche environment, with a projected 19% employment growth between now and 2024.


This course is currently available at 2 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in the outdoor leadership have:

  • A love for nature, adventure and the outdoors
  • Great communication skills
  • Positive and solution based thinking
  • Great time management skills
  • Enthusiasm and ability to motivate others

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Knowledge assessments: short answer, multiple choice
  • Practical skills assessments: demonstrations under observation
  • Discover the world around you with the Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation, as you are introduced to this field
  • Learn the tricks of the trade with the Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership, and gain foundational skills and knowledge
  • Expand your skills and take on new challenges with the Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership, as you learn how to be an unsupervised and dynamic leader
  • Master your skills with the Diploma of Outdoor Leadership, you showcase your leadership and facilitate once in a lifetime experiences with clients

Depending on your campus location and local partnerships with TAFE NSW, you will have the opportunity to participate in varying excursions that take you behind the scenes in the outdoor recreation industry.

Youll find yourself out in the field on day trips and overnight trips where youll be assessed on your skills and knowledge. Youll learn to fine tune your activity skills, and understand how to lead and manage groups, in a hands-on environment.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Managing group dynamics
  • Excercising leadership skills and strategies
  • Initiating healthy communication
  • Supporting people with disabilities
  • Navigating difficult bushwalking tracks
  • Correctly maintaining canoeing, abseiling, cycling and climbing equipment
  • Coordinating emergency situations
  • Work, health, and safety

At TAFE NSW, we want you to walk into the outdoor recreation industry with confidence. We understand the importance of practising your skills in authentic scenarios. These may include:

  • Outdoor recreation activities such as bushwalking, canoeing, cycling, abseiling and climbing
  • Showcasing your leadership skills in simulated environments
  • Identifying and using equipment correctly
  • Communicating effectively with peers and colleagues
  • Understanding the importance of work, health, and safety


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on-campus, digital and blended study environments - computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • 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
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

The global pandemic has created a strong focus on mental health. Connecting with nature and the world around us has been prioritised, and you will find a rewarding career as an outdoor activity leader who supports, facilitates and creates positive experiences.

Australia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with beautiful beaches and mountains in our backyards. The outdoor recreation industry is expected to expand significantly in the coming years, as people are placing more value on getting outside and exploring the world we live in.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • Full Time, Part Time

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Lithgow: Part Time

  • Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $2,750.00
  • Start Date: 02 Aug 2021
  • Duration: 36 Weeks

Newcastle: Full Time

  • Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $2,750.00
  • Start Date: 12 Jul 2021
  • Duration: 18 Weeks

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