Outdoor Leadership

Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership

Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

Diploma of Outdoor Leadership

Outdoor Leadership Short Courses

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 Leadership may be just what you're looking for.

Avondale’s Certificates III and IV in Outdoor Leadership and Diploma of Outdoor Leadership 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 Leadership 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 Leadership 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 Leadership 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 Leadership. The first is via completion of Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership.

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 Leadership, or if the evidence provided does not fully meet the entry criteria you may gain entry into the Diploma of Outdoor Leadership by completing the requirements of a bridging course. If you are enrolled in the Diploma of Outdoor Leadership 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 Leadership 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 Leadership (SIS30619)

Two sessions full-time

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

Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership (SIS40619)

One session full-time

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

Diploma of Outdoor Leadership SIS50419

One year full-time

The Diploma of Outdoor Leadership 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 (NRT).
  • Approved as courses for overseas students

Entry Requirements

Entry into the Certificate III and IV in Outdoor Leadership and the Diploma of Outdoor Leadership 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 Leadership, 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 Leadership; and
  • If applying for the Diploma of Outdoor Leadership, 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 (SIS30619 - Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership)

The Certificate III is composed of a combination of 9 core units and 13 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
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
Bush Walking, Difficult tracked environments
SISOBWG002 Bushwalk in difficult tracked environments
SISOFLD007 Navigate in difficult tracked environments
Abseiling, Natural surfaces
SISOABS003 Abseil single pitches, natural surfaces
SISOABS006 Establish ropes for single pitch abseiling on natural surfaces
SISOABS009 Lead single pitch abseiling activities on natural surfaces
SISOFLD006 Navigate in tracked environments
SISORSC002 Perform vertical rescues
Bushwalking, tracked environments
SISOFLD006 Navigate in tracked environments
Climbing, Natural Surfaces, Top Rope
SISOCLM002 Top rope climb single pitches, natural surfaces
SISOCLM006 Establish belays for single pitch climbing on natural surfaces
SISOCLM009 Lead single pitch climbing activities on natural surfaces, top rope climbing
SISOFLD006 Navigate in tracked environments
SISORSC002 Perform vertical rescues
Canoeing, Inland Flat Water
SISOCNE002 Paddle a canoe on inland flatwater
SISOCNE005 Lead canoeing activities on inland flatwater
Kayaking, Enclosed Waters
SISOKYK001 Paddle a kayak on inland flatwater
SISOKYK005 Lead kayaking activities on inland flatwater
General Electives
HLTAID003 Provide first aid


Course Structure (SIS40619 - Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership)

The Certificate IV is composed of a combination of 12 core units and 15 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
HLTWHS003 Participate in workplace health and safety
PUAOPE013 Operate communications systems and equipment
SISOFLD002 Minimise environmental impact
SISOPLN001 Finalise operation of outdoor recreation activities
SISOPLN002 Plan outdoor activity sessions
SISOPLN004 Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities
SISOPLN005 Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities
SISORSC001 Conduct search and rescue
SISXCAI006 Facilitate groups
SISXCCS003 Address client needs
SISXEMR002 Coordinate emergency responses
SISXFAC001 Maintain equipment for activities
Elective Units
Abseiling, Natural surfaces, Single Pitch
SISOABS003 Abseil single pitches, natural surfaces
SISOABS006 Establish ropes for single pitch abseiling on natural surfaces
SISOABS009 Lead single pitch abseiling activities on natural surfaces
SISOFLD006 Navigate in tracked environments
SISORSC002 Perform vertical rescues
Bushwalking, Difficult Tracked Environments, Rivers
SISOBWG002 Bushwalk in difficult tracked environments
SISOBWG004 Cross rivers during bushwalks
SISOBWG006 Lead bushwalks in difficult tracked environments
SISOFLD007 Navigate in difficult tracked environments
Climbing, Natural Surfaces, Top Rope
SISOCLM002 Top rope climb single pitches, natural surfaces
SISOCLM006 Establish belays for single pitch climbing on natural surfaces
SISOCLM009 Lead single pitch climbing activities on natural surfaces, top rope climbing
SISOFLD006 Navigate in tracked environments
SISORSC002 Perform vertical rescues
Canoeing, Moving Water
SISOCNE002 Paddle a canoe on inland flatwater
SISOCNE005 Lead canoeing activities on inland flatwater
Kayaking, Moving Waters
SISOKYK001 Paddle a kayak on inland flatwater
SISOKYK005 Lead kayaking activities on inland flatwater
Sea Kayaking
SISOKYS001 Paddle a sea kayak in enclosed waters
SISOKYS004 Lead sea kayaking activities in enclosed waters
General Electives
HLTAID003 Provide first aid


Course Structure (SIS50419 – Diploma of Outdoor Leadership)

The Diploma is composed of a combination of 13 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
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
SISOPLN002 Plan outdoor activity sessions
SISOPLN004 Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities
SISOPLN006 Plan for minimal environmental impact
SISXCAI006 Facilitate groups
SISXEMR002 Coordinate emergency responses
SISXIND008 Manage legal compliance in sport and recreation
PUAOPE013 Operate communications systems and equipment
SISOPLN003 Develop outdoor recreation programs
SISOPLN005 Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities
SISOPLN007 Manage risk for outdoor programs
SISXCCS002 Coordinate client service activities
SISXIND005 Coordinate work teams or groups
Elective Units
Bushwalking, Extremely Difficult Tracked and Untracked
SISOBWG003 Bushwalk in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments
SISOBWG004 Cross rivers during bushwalks
SISOBWG007 Lead bushwalks in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments
SISOFLD008 Navigate in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments
Climbing, Natural Surfaces, Lead, Single Pitch
SISOCLM003 Lead climb single pitches, natural surfaces
SISOCLM010 Lead single pitch climbing activities on natural surfaces, lead climbing
Kayaking, Moving Water
SISOKYK002 Paddle a kayak on moving water up to grade 1 rivers
SISOKYK006 Lead kayaking activities on moving water up to grade 1 rivers
Sea Kayaking
SISOFLD005 Navigate waterway courses
SISOKYS001 Paddle a sea kayak in enclosed waters
SISOKYS005 Lead sea kayaking activities in sheltered coastal waters
SISOKYS002 Paddle a sea kayak in sheltered coastal waters
SISOKYS004 Lead sea kayaking activities in enclosed waters
General Electives
SISOFLD004 Provide first aid in remote locations
SISORSC001 Conduct search and rescue


Course Info


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Field Trips

Much of the instruction for outdoor leadership 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 Leadership 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 Leadership. Students successfully completing the Diploma of Outdoor Leadership 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 Leadership 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 Leadership and the Diploma of Outdoor Leadership 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 Leadership 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 Leadership Fee Schedules

SIS30619 Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership Fee Schedule
SIS40619 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership Fee Schedule

Diploma of Outdoor Leadership Fee Schedules

SIS50419 Diploma of Outdoor Leadership Fee Schedule

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 Leadership 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 University 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.