Offering Info

Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation

  • National Course Code: SIS40313
  • TAFE NSW code: SIS40313-01V03-20LHG-005

Location – Lithgow

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

23.1 Hours per week


39 Weeks

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

Course Details

Depending on the 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.

Job roles
The following are indicative job roles for this qualification:
outdoor guide (uncontrolled environment)
outdoor instructor.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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.

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.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you will need a comprehensive logbook of your outdoor experience and a resume outlining your previous qualifications, work history and any other relevant information to support your application. 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 outdoor recreation qualification at the AQF level below CIV; previous experience in the outdoor recreation industry; and, participation in outdoor pursuits.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Previous qualification/s in Outdoor Recreation or equivalent and/or outdoor recreation industry experience.
    -Eligibility to obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC).
  • Moderate physical aptitude/fitness to undertake self-sufficient, extended journeys in the outdoors. That is, must be able to hike/paddle in remote areas without access for up to 5 days, including being able to walk off track in steep terrain and carry a backpack up to 18 kilograms in weight.
  • Students must fill out a medical clearance and information form. If applicable, a doctor's clearance may be required.
    -18 years or older (to meet mandated work placement regulations).
    -An ability to self-care and self-manage in remote and high risk areas (e.g. in a cliff environment, walking off track in wilderness and away from vehicle and mobile phone access).

Students must complete a minimum of 20 days observation/assistant leading in the outdoor recreation/outdoor education industry. It is preferred these days are with a minimum of two different providers. For suitability experienced students, a shorter time span can be negotiated with the Course Coordinator. The Course Coordinator, will assist each student in arranging the placements


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date: Monday December 9 2019
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: Lithgow Campus, E Block

You can also email our Course Coordinator Rachael Kennedy on who will be checking her emails throughout the holidays.


This is a Part Time Day Face to Face course. You will need to attend approximately 16.8 hours of class, over 39 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 6.3 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 22.8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, learner workbook, log book, research, independent study and outdoor skills practice, assessment preparation, field/work experience.


This course offering is designed for suitably qualified and experienced learners who are:

  • currently working in the outdoor recreation/outdoor education industry and wish to upgrade their outdoor recreation qualifications and where their employer is supportive of their engagement in the course;
  • or not currently working in the outdoor industry but who are looking to transition into the outdoor industry from other field and have previous outdoor experience.


There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including individual learner support will be provided to students on an "as needs basis" in liaison with the Head Teacher and/or course coordinator and other relevant teaching and support staff as appropriate.

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
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • 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

This course is currently scheduled for 39 weeks. An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.


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?


An additional fee of $150.00 is required to cover the cost of accommodation on field trips. Although TAFE NSW provides specialised equipment and PPE for participation in the practical units of the course, additional costs borne by the student include food on trips and any personal outdoor equipment and/or clothing the student wants to purchase individually as opposed to using the equipment/clothing provided by TAFE NSW.


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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

Incidental Cost
  • Course Related Materials Charge - $150.00

Enquire now for Semester 2 2020 and be notified when enrolments open.

TAFE NSW is open for business so to find out more information on this course including when it will start and how it will be delivered (face-to-face, in a virtual classroom, self-paced, online or a mixture), submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page. You can also call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

* Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

Core Units
Number Title
SISXCCS404A-UNGRADED Address client needs
SISOOPS407A Apply search and rescue skills
SISXIND405A Conduct projects
SISOODR405A Develop and coordinate programs incorporating outdoor activities
BSBWOR404B-UNGRADED Develop work priorities
SISXOHS402A Implement and monitor occupational health and safety policies
SISOOPS306A Interpret weather conditions in the field
SISOODR404A Manage risk in an outdoor activity
SISOODR302A Plan outdoor recreation activities
SISXIND404A Promote compliance with laws and legal principles
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction
SISXEMR201A Respond to emergency situations
SISXRES402A Support implementation of environmental management practices
SISXRES403A Use resources efficiently
Elective Units
Number Title
SISOVTR301A Perform vertical rescues
SISOABN304A Establish ropes for single pitch abseiling on natural surfaces
SISOABN303A Apply single pitch abseiling skills on natural surfaces
SISOABN202A Safeguard an abseiler using a single rope belay system
SISOCNE303A Apply canoeing skills
SISOBWG302A Apply intermediate bushwalking skills
SISONAV302A Apply navigation skills in an intermediate environment
SISOBWG404A Apply river crossing skills
SISOCRP302A-UNGRADED Conduct a high ropes session
SISOABL402A Facilitate adventure-based learning activities
SISOBWG405A-UNGRADED Guide intermediate bushwalks
SISOCNE306A-UNGRADED Instruct canoeing skills on flat and undemanding water
PUAOPE002B Operate communications systems and equipment
SISOCNE202A Perform deep water rescues
SISOCRP404A-UNGRADED Supervise a high ropes session
SISOOPS202A Use and maintain a temporary or overnight site
SISONAV201A Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment
SISOBWG303A Guide bushwalks in a controlled environment
SISOABN201A Demonstrate abseiling skills on natural surfaces
SISOABN305A Guide abseiling on single pitch natural surfaces
SISOBWG201A Demonstrate bushwalking skills in a controlled environment

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

Outdoor guide (uncontrolled environment)
Outdoor instructor

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

Hill Street, Lithgow
Phone 131 601

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