Have a year of fun as you enjoy the natural environment and experience the challenges it can provide. Personal development and growth will come along with your outdoor skills in adventure leadership, abseiling, rock climbing, navigation in the wild, white-water and sea-kayaking. Outdoor Recreation at Avondale has been providing professional training for outdoor Guides and Instructors since 2000 for both Australian and international students. We offer a unique combination of theoretical and practical resources that is highly respected within the national industry.
Avondale students are now able to access VET FEE-HELP for the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation!
You may be eligible for Advanced Standing that will gain you direct entry into the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation. This means you may be able to do the Diploma in just one year.
For more information FREECALL 1800 991 392, or email your enquiry to David Low
Whether you want to kickstart a career as an Outdoor Instructor or you just want to do something for yourself or God, you can come and learn with our dedicated instructors in a friendly Christian environment.
Choose from the tabs below to learn more about Outdoor Recreation at Avondale.
(02) 4980 2159 (office) or 0410 627 093 (mobile)
BEd Avondale, GradDip Griffith, MA(Hons) Griffith
Certificate III (SIS30410)
one year full-time
The Certificate III is a full fee paying two semester program. Where academic progress and skill development is satisfactory students who complete a specified cluster of units from Certificate III in the 1st Semester of the course will be granted entry into the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation in Semester 2. This means a further 1.5 years of full-time study to complete the Diploma with access to VET FEE-HELP.
Diploma of Outdoor Recreation (SIS50310)
1.5 years full-time
The Diploma is a three semester program with access to VET FEE- HELP. Students who can demonstrate sufficient knowledge via a prior certification or industry based experience may, with consultation and a bridging course prior to the commencement of the academic year, be admitted directly into the second year (2 semesters) of the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation with access to VET FEE-HELP.
Authorised by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)
Recognised under the National Framework for the Recognition of Training (NFROT).
Approved for Austudy/Abstudy/Youth
Approved as courses for overseas students
Completion of Year 12 is strongly recommended for entry. It is also expected that applicants will maintain a reasonable standard of fitness.
Requirements For Overseas Applicants
Overseas applicants are required to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements. Applicants from other countries will have their qualifications assessed by the Admissions Office. Applicants from a country where English is not the first language must demonstrate proficiency in English in one of the following ways:
Provide documentary evidence that secondary schooling was conducted in an English medium, and evidence of a satisfactory pass in English in a British O-level examination or local equivalent.
Obtain an overall IELTS score of 5.5 or better with no individual band score less than 5.5.
Much of the instruction for both courses takes place in the field. Trips can range from excursions of a few hours duration, to local abseiling sites and extended expeditions to the high country of the Snowy Mountains and New Zealand.
All students are required to participate in full-time work placement (Certificate III, minimum 2 weeks; Diploma, minimum 3 weeks) by the completion of the course. The Course Coordinator and training staff will assist in the organisation of this component.
Avondale is committed to an environment of learning that supports the fullest possible human development. Accordingly, Avondale has policies regarding:
An alcohol-free, tobacco-free and drug-free campus
Anti-bullying and harassment
'Outdoor recreation brought me into contact with God in an outdoor setting and gave me the skills to be a leader and to guide outdoor recreation programs. It was an incredibly fun year in which I made friends that have become like brothers and sisters to me.'
Michael Bertolacci, Diploma of Outdoor Recreation, 2008
'Outdoor Recreation is a program that not only qualifies you to instruct and guide in the outdoors, but also develops adventure leadership skills that enable you to better lead and inspire others and yourself. The faculty are extremely knowledgeable, experience and willing to invest their time in you.'
Robby Morgan, Diploma of Outdoor Recreation, 2009
Avondale Outdoor Recreation graduates find casual, part- and full-time employment in many capacities, including:
The retail camping sector
Sport and Recreation Centres - such as rockclimbing gyms
Camping and outdoor recreation centres
Wilderness adventure and camping tourism
Outdoor Education as part of a teaching career
Adventure therapy programs
Youth at risk programs
Guiding and instructing
The leadership and personal skills taught in the course are diverse and graduates find them useful in any career they choose.
Students successfully completing Certificate III or a specified cluster of units from Certificate III will gain entry into the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation. Students successfully completing the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation will gain advanced standing of up to one year of credit into a teacher education degree at Avondale.
ARTICULATION ARRANGEMENTS WITH CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY:
Students who receive the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation are able to gain advanced standing into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Adventure Ecotourism) at Charles Sturt University, as per the agreement described here.
The information provided is a guide but will give you a rough idea as to the costs associated with studying at Avondale. Amounts are given in Australian dollars (AUD). Please contact us if you have questions.
Diploma of Outdoor Recreation applicants may be eligible for VET FEE-HELP assistance to pay all or part of their tuition. Click on the VET FEE-HELP tab for more information.
Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation
Australia & New Zealand
International - Other (no discount applies)
Diploma in Outdoor Recreation
Australia & New Zealand
International - Other (no discount applies)
* $800 discount applied ** $700 discount applied
Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation Fee Schedules
Students under 20 years of age are required to reside on campus unless living with their parents, grandparents, or an older brother or sister. On-campus residence hall accommodation (including meals and internet access*) is $4,353 per semester, excluding vacation periods, and there is an additional $500 room bond payable on initial enrolment.
Service and Facility fees are an optional fee for any services and facilities provided to the student at either campus. These could include parking, printing credits, use of tennis or squash courts, etc.
Employment opportunities are available on campus. Apply for work via our Student Employment Officer when you arrive on campus. Diploma of Outdoor Recreation students undertake significant paid work as part of their course.
Payments may be made by:
Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard) online through the front page of this website (Secure Online Payments) or over the phone
EFTPOS - personal daily limits may apply
Bank Cheque or Draft - Australian Dollars only
An ATM is available on campus for students' personal use.
Equipment and additional costs
The College provides all abseiling and canoeing equipment including personal flotation devices, canoes/ kayaks, helmets and harnesses. Students are expected to provide:
Wetsuit and neoprene booties
Pack, sleeping bag
Boots, waterproof jacket
Tent and stove
Torch, compass, first aid kit
It may be that some students will not have all this equipment at the start of the course in March, and for this reason, the College has negotiated substantial discounts for students in the course (15-20% off) through local retailers. A field trip to these suppliers is normally made during the first week of classes.
Option: Personal Injury Insurance
While personal insurance is not compulsory, students may wish to investigate the costs associated with obtaining some level of coverage.
For further information about the short course program, including the dates of the future courses, contact the short course coordinator:
David Low (02) 4980 2159 (office) or 0410 627 093 (mobile)