SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation

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Course description

A Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation SIS40313 is for students seeking careers as outdoor recreation instructors. Students gain advanced skills in safety (weather interpretation, emergency response, search and rescue) then choose an interest area: canoeing, abseiling, bushwalking, sea kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, snorkeling.

Note: students must hold a current First Aid Certificate + CPR to enrol in this course.

The Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation SIS40313 is a nationally recognised training qualification and part of the official Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package.

Nationally recognised

Average duration

12 months

Online or Distance

On-campus or Workplace

Suitable For

This course is ideal for people who have the following knowledge, skills or abilities:

Administration and Management

Planning and coordination of people and resources.


Changing what is done based on other people's actions.

Customer and Personal Service

Such as understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

Sales and Marketing

Showing, promoting, and selling products or services, including marketing strategy and tactics and sales control systems.


This course can help you get a job as:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Tour Guide$1,150 weekly pay
Outdoor Activity Instructor$1,250 weekly pay
Outdoor Recreation Leader$1,250 weekly pay


You will be required to complete a number of units of competencey for this qualifiation. Example units have been provided below but may vary for each provider.

Plan outdoor recreation activities

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to independently plan team outdoor activities for an environment where extreme environmental conditions are not likely to occur. This unit focuses on the application of planning skills to plan outdoor recreation activities that take into account participant needs, logistical and resourcing requirements in order to plan safe outdoor activities.

Manage risk in an outdoor activity

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to undertake an organisational risk management process within the context of outdoor adventure activities, in order to make judgements about the safe level of risk in relation to challenge and the competence of participants. It includes applying and evaluating organisational risk management strategies to lessen the potential impact of unacceptable risks.

Develop and coordinate programs incorporating outdoor activities

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to plan and coordinate non-instructional programs incorporating outdoor adventure activities for a diversity of needs and situations. This unit focuses on the application of adventure programming skills to develop an outdoor program that takes into account participant needs, other relevant information and resourcing requirements. It also includes the evaluation of programs with a view to identifying improvements for future programs.

Interpret weather conditions in the field

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to collect information from a weather map, make forecasts, and record and interpret weather and environmental information in the field in order to assess the impact of weather on outdoor recreation activities.

Apply search and rescue skills

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply preliminary search and rescue techniques and determine the need for outside assistance in situations where persons are lost or injured. This unit covers the skills and knowledge required for generic search and rescue in an outdoor environment. This unit does not cover the technical rescue skills required in white water or vertical contexts.

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Government funding

The Australian government provides funding to help students who are completing the SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation. The type of funding you receive depends on the state that you live in.

There are eligibility requirements for each type of funding. Enquire with a course provider to check your eligibility.

Payment options

Interest free payment plan
Most course providers offer flexible payment options for the SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation such as weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly interest-free payments for those who do not wish (or are unable) to pay their tuition fees outright. There is usually a discount for those who pay their tuition fees upfront. Enquire with a course provider to find out more.

Benefits of nationally recognised training

This is a nationally recognised course delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). RTOs are strictly regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). This guarantees you will be studying a quality-assured and nationally recognised qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning
RTOs are also able to offer Recognition of Prior Learning for work experience or formal qualifications you may have undertaken to shorten the time you have to study. Ask a course provider for more details during the enrolment process.

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The Eagle Academy
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