Outdoor Recreation

Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation

Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation

Diploma of Outdoor Recreation


If you are looking for a fun gap-year option, or want to kickstart a career as an Outdoor Instructor, Avondale's courses in Outdoor Recreation may be just what you're looking for.

Avondale’s Certificates III and IV in Outdoor Recreation and Diploma of Outdoor Recreation provide professional training in an exciting array of challenging adventure activities. The courses also offer nationally recognised competency-based training qualifications, designed to equip you for employment in outdoor recreation, tourism and education sectors. The Certificate III and IV is also a great gap-year option.

The Outdoor Recreation courses are highly practical with much of the instruction for both courses taking place in the field, giving students the opportunity to travel around Australia. In the past, trips have involved: bushwalking in the Barrington Tops and the Snowy Mountains, sea kayaking around the Central Coast and Queensland, white-water paddling in Victoria and abseiling and climbing in the Blue Mountains.

Avondale has been providing professional training for outdoor guides and instructors since 2000 to both Australian and international students. We offer a unique combination of theoretical and practical resources that is highly respected within the national industry.

The Outdoor Recreation courses are also a pathway to further study in related higher education programs such as the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching.

The Certificate III and IV in Outdoor Recreation can be completed in one year (three sessions) of study. Certificate III is completed in Sessions 1 and 2 and Certificate IV in Session 3.

There are two pathways into the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation. The first is via completion of Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation.

The second pathway allows you to submit evidence of previous outdoor recreation units you have completed and submission of a log of outdoor recreation experience. Based on this evidence you may be granted advanced standing that will gain you direct entry into the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation, or if the evidence provided does not fully meet the entry criteria you may gain entry into the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation by completing the requirements of a bridging course. If you are enrolled in the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation and in the event of unforeseen circumstances are unable to complete components of the bridging course, an assessment will be made by the course convener and ratified by the course committee with respect to your ability to successfully complete the Diploma based on evidence gathered during the partial completion of a bridging course. Either of these advanced standing pathways means you may be able to complete the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation in one year.

For more information, call 02 49802159, or email study@avondale.edu.au .


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At a Glance


Course Convenor

David Low

BEd Avondale, GradDip Griffith, MA(Hons) Griffith

Study Options

Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation (SIS30413)

Two sessions full-time

The Certificate III is a full fee paying program across two teaching sessions.

Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation (SIS40313)

One session full-time

The Certificate IV is a full fee paying program across one teaching session.

Diploma of Outdoor Recreation SIS50310

One year full-time

The Diploma of Outdoor Recreation is taught across three teaching sessions.

Accreditation

  • Authorised by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)
  • Recognised under the National Framework for the Recognition of Training (NFROT).
  • Approved as courses for overseas students

Entry Requirements

Entry into the Certificate III and IV in Outdoor Recreation and the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation requires that a student demonstrate they have an interest in outdoor pursuits or a formal outdoor recreation qualification at a lower AQF level and are physically and academically suited to the course.

Specific course entry requirements are:

Either a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education that has been awarded to the student by an agency or authority of a State or Territory for student’s completion of year 12; or alternatively, both requirements A & B are satisfied below:

Requirement A

  • The student has completed an Australian Qualifications Framework qualification at Certificate IV level or above; or
  • If applying for the Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation, the student is assessed as displaying competence at or above Exit Level 2 in the Australian Core Skills Framework* (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy; and further, that the student is supported in development of both reading and numeracy skills by completing relevant BKSB Modules concurrently with Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation; and
  • If applying for the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation, the student is assessed as displaying competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework* (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy.

Requirement B

Avondale reasonably believes that the student displays that competence.
* to assess competence at or above Exit Level 2 in the ACSF the Basic Key Skill Builder (BKSB) test will be applied.

Requirements For Overseas Applicants

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, 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.


Course Structure


Course Structure (SIS30413 - Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation)

The Certificate III is composed of a combination of 12 core units and 12 electives. In order to satisfy the course requirements and to qualify for a Certificate III award, you must successfully complete and demonstrate competency in a combination of the unit groups listed below:-

Core Units Description
BSBWOR301B Organise personal work priorities and development
SISXCCS201A Provide customer service
SISOOPS201A Minimise environmental impact
SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies
SISXRSK301A Undertake risk analysis of activities
SISXCAI306A Facilitate groups
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
SISXEMR201A Respond to emergency situations
SISOODR303A Guide outdoor recreation sessions
SISOOPS306A Interpret weather conditions in the field
SISOODR302A Plan outdoor recreation activities
TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction
Elective Units Description
Abseiling – Guide – Single Pitch – Natural Surfaces
SISOABN202A Safeguard an abseiler using a single rope belay system
SISOABN303A Apply single pitch abseiling skills on natural surfaces
SISOABN304A Establish ropes for single pitch abseiling on natural surfaces
SISOABN305A Guide abseiling on single pitch natural surfaces
SISOVTR301A Perform vertical rescues
Canoeing - Guide - Flat Water
SISOCNE303A Apply canoeing skills
SISOCNE305A Guide canoeing trips on flat and undemanding water
SISOCNE202A Perform deep water rescues
Climbing - Guide - Natural Surfaces - Top Rope
SISOCLN302A Apply climbing skills on natural surfaces
SISOCLN304A Guide top rope climbing activities on natural surfaces
SISOCLN311 Guide top rope climbing activities on artificial surfaces
SISONAV201A Demonstrate navigational skills in a controlled environment
SISOCLN303A Establish belays for climbing on natural surfaces
Kayaking - Guide - Flat Water
SISOKYK302A Apply kayaking skills
SISOKYK304A Guide kayaking trips on flat and undemanding water
General electives
SISOKYS302A Demonstrate sea kayaking skills
SISOKYS303A Guide sea kayaking in easy to moderate conditions


Course Structure (SIS40313 - Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation)

The Certificate IV is composed of a combination of 15 core units and 16 electives. In order to satisfy the course requirements and to qualify for a Certificate IV award, you must successfully complete Certificate III and demonstrate competency in the Cert IV units listed below:-

Core Units Description
SISXCCS404A Address client needs
SISXIND405A Conduct projects
SISXOHS402A Implement and monitor occupational health and safety policies
SISXRES402A Support implementation of environmental management practices
SISOODR405A Develop and coordinate programs incorporating outdoor activities
SISXRES403A Use resources efficiently
SISXIND404A Promote compliance with laws and legal principles
SISOOPS407A Apply search and rescue skills
SISOODR404 Manage risk in an outdoor activity
BSBWOR404B Develop work priorities
Elective Units Description
Bushwalking - Guide – Intermediate Environment
SISOBWG404A Apply river crossing skills
PUAOPE002B Operate communications systems and equipment
SISOOPS202A Use and maintain a temporary overnight site
SISOBWG302A Apply intermediate bushwalking skills
SISONAV302A Apply navigation skills in an intermediate environment
SISOBWG405A Guide intermediate bushwalks


Course Structure (SIS50310 – Diploma of Outdoor Recreation)

The Diploma is composed of a combination of 18 core units and 15 electives. In order to satisfy the course requirements and to qualify for a Diploma award, you must successfully complete and demonstrate competency in a combination of the unit groups listed below:-

Core Units Description
SISOODR506A Evaluate policy for an outdoor organisation
SISXRES403A Use resources efficiently
SISXFAC404A Coordinate facility and equipment acquisition and maintenance
SISXIND404A Promote compliance with laws and legal principles
SISOOPS407A Apply search and rescue skills
SISXEMR402A Coordinate emergency responses
SISOODR404A Manage risk in an outdoor activity
SISXIND406A Manage projects
BSBWOR404B Develop work priorities
SISXCCS402A Coordinate client service activities
SISXOHS503A Establish and maintain occupational health and safety systems
SISXRSK502A Manage organisational risk
SISXRES402A Support implementation of environmental management practices
SISOOPS508A Manage natural resources
SISOODR405A Develop and coordinate programs incorporating outdoor activities
SISOODR302A Plan outdoor recreation activities
TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction
SISOOPS306A Interpret weather conditions in the field
Elective Units Description
Bushwalking - Guide - Uncontrolled Environment
SISOBWG404A Apply river crossing skills
SISOBWG406A Apply bushwalking skills in uncontrolled landscapes
SISONAV403A Navigate in uncontrolled environments
PUAOPE002B Operate communications systems and equipment
SISOBWG510A Guide bushwalks in an uncontrolled environment
Bushwalking - Specialist Alpine
SISOBWG507A Apply advanced bushwalking skills in alpine areas
SISOOPS509A Interpret weather for mountain environments
Climbing - Guide - Natural Surface - Single Pitch - Lead
SISOCLN405A Apply single pitch lead climbing skills on natural surfaces
SISOCLN303A Establish belays for climbing on natural surfaces
SISOCLN408A Guide lead climbing activities on single pitch natural surfaces
SISOVTR301A Perform vertical rescues
SISONAV201A Demonstrate navigational skills in a controlled environment
Sea Kayaking - Guide - Mod - Difficult conditions
SISOCNE202A Perform deep water rescues
SISOOPS303A Interpret weather for marine environments
SISOKYS304A Demonstrate sea kayaking skills in moderate to difficult conditions
SISOKYS406A Plan and navigate sea kayaking inshore passage
SISOKYS408A Guide sea kayaking trips in moderate to difficult conditions
General Electives
SISOOPS305A Provide first aid in a remote location


Course Info


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Field Trips

Much of the instruction for outdoor recreation courses takes place in the field. Trips can range from excursions of a few hours duration such as trips to local abseiling sites, to extended expeditions such as trips in the high country of the Snowy Mountains.

Work Experience

All students are required to participate in full-time work placement (Certificate III, minimum one week; Certificate IV, minimum one week; 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 Policies

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

See Policies

Testimonials


Testimonials

mike

'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

robbie

'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


Careers


Career Information

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
  • Vocational training
  • Guiding and instructing

The leadership and personal skills taught in the course are diverse and graduates find them useful in any career they choose.

Advanced Standing

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.

Financial


Financial Information


For detailed information about the tuition fee for each unit in the Certificate III and IV in Outdoor Recreation and the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation click on the relevant Fee Schedule Below.

Financial Assistance

VET Student Loans

If you are an Australian Citizen, you may be eligible for VET Student Loans assistance in the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation course. VET Student Loans is a Commonwealth loan scheme that allows eligible students to defer payment of their tuition fees.

For further details visit http://studyassist.gov.au/

Scholarships

For a complete list of scholarships available visit Scholarships

Certificate III and IV in Outdoor Recreation Fee Schedules

2018

SIS30413 Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation Fee Schedule - 2018
SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation Fee Schedule - 2018

Diploma of Outdoor Recreation Fee Schedules

2018

SIS50310 Diploma of Outdoor Recreation Fee Schedule - 2018

Living Costs

Avondale provides on-campus residence hall accommodation (including meals and internet access*), for further information, please visit the On Campus Accommodation information page.

*Download limits do apply.

Service and Facility Fees

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.

Please see the Service and Facility Guide for the Lake Macquarie Campus for further information.

Student Employment

Employment opportunities are available on campus. Apply for work with one or more of the general staff employment officers when you arrive on campus.

Diploma of Outdoor Recreation students often gain significant paid work as a result of their workplace experience.

Payment Methods

All payment methods are listed on your Tuition or General Account Invoices, for more details please visit Payment Methods.

Equipment and additional costs

Avondale College provides all roping equipment for specialised activities including personal flotation devices, canoes/ kayaks, helmets, harnesses, backpacks and tents.

Students are advised to provide for personal effects equipment such as:
  • Boots and neoprene booties
  • Sleeping bag
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Cook set
  • Torch, compass, first aid kit

It may be that some students will not have 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.