Offering Info

Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership

  • National Course Code: SIS30619
  • TAFE NSW code: SIS30619-01V01-21NEW-385

Location – Newcastle


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

42.4 Hours per week


18 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership allows you to follow the path less travelled, as you immerse yourself in the great outdoors and develop the skills you need to work as an outdoor recreation guide. Take the leap today with this exciting, practical qualification.


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

  • Bushwalk, abseil, canoe, cycle and rock climb
  • Identify and maintain equipment
  • Build foundational skills in multiple recreation areas
  • Provide quality service
  • Identify hazards and risks in outdoor settings


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Passionate about the great outdoors
  • Adventurous and curious by nature
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Solution based
  • Good working with people and groups


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • A strong foundation to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • The option to complete your First Aid Certificate

Career opportunities:

  • Outdoor activity guide
  • Outdoor recreation guide


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


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.


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements to complete your course work.

Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • A working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • A National Police Check


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended 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
  • Have good time management skills
  • Experience using computers and access to the internet and a computer or other mobile device
  • Can dedicate time for self-paced study and assessment completion outside of scheduled class times

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course:

  • Students will be particpating in overnight trips during their studies with limited assistance, and should be comfortable with being away from home and camping in remote locations.
  • Students must be able to carry their own pack, and be prepared for strenous activities working in small teams.
  • Students will need to be highly organised and well prepared.
  • First Aid is an elective unit in the course, and you must be able to complete 2 minutes of continous cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a manikin placed on the floor. You must be able to assess for danger and verbally and visually assess a casualty

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a full time blended course. You will need to attend approximately 32 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 18 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10.3 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 15.3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including assignment preparation and field trip preparation.
There are several 5 day field trips during the semester of which students will be away from Monday 0900 - Friday 1600.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are seeking to gain employment in the outdoor recreation industry, and or build on their existing skills and knowedge in activity-based electives. This qualification prepares students to further their studies at Certificate IV level.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday from 9.00am to 3.30pm, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8.00am to 4.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
PUAOPE013 Operate communications systems and equipment
SISOFLD002 Minimise environmental impact
SISOPLN001 Finalise operation of outdoor recreation activities
SISOPLN004 Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities
SISOPLN005 Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities
SISXCCS001 Provide quality service
SISXEMR001 Respond to emergency situations
SISXFAC001 Maintain equipment for activities
Elective Units
Number Title
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
SISOCNE002 Paddle a canoe on inland flatwater
SISXCAI001 Provide equipment for activities
SISOFLD003 Select, set up and operate a temporary or overnight site
SISOCNE005 Lead canoeing activities on inland flatwater
SISOFLD007 Navigate in difficult tracked environments
SISOBWG006 Lead bushwalks in difficult tracked environments
SISOFLD006 Navigate in tracked environments
SISOABS003 Abseil single pitches, natural surfaces
SISOBWG002 Bushwalk in difficult tracked environments
SISOABS009 Lead single pitch abseiling activities on natural surfaces
SISORSC002 Perform vertical rescues
SISOABS006 Establish ropes for single pitch abseiling on natural surfaces

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Working for any type of organisation that delivers outdoor recreation activities including commercial, not-for-profit and government organisations.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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