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SIS40621 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

About the course

The SIS40621 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership provides professional training in an exciting array of challenging adventure activities. This course equips you for employment in the outdoor recreational area, tourism, and education sectors.

The skills learnt in this course enables outdoor enthusiasts to supervise and lead dependent participants in recreational activities, manage group participation, develop activity plans, work in remote areas and make high levels of judgements about logistical, technical, safety and emergency response issues.

A Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership is an excellent option if you are looking for a gap year, university entry, or want to kickstart your career as an outdoor instructor.

Avondale's Outdoor Leadership courses are practical, with most of the instruction taking place in the field, allowing students to travel and experience parts of Australia.
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Key Information

12 Months
Study Mode:
On campus
Lake Macquarie
RTO 91191
Course Code:
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Course Details

Avondale wants to ensure that you succeed in this qualification. As this qualification is physically demanding with much of the learning taking place in the outdoors; students need to demonstrate they have an interest in outdoor pursuits, are physically fit, and academically suited to the course.

Entry requirements for SIS40621 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership are:

Domestic Students
• 17 years or older
• Demonstrate a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 level or, AQF 3 or higher

International Students
• 18 years or older on first day of course
• Demonstrate a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 level or, AQF 3 or higher
• Demonstrate English language proficiency*

*English requirement for International Students:
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.
Demonstrate English language proficiency by providing evidence of satisfactory performance in the International Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent approved test (eg TOEFL, PBT, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English). Applicants who take IELTS must sit either the General module and attain a minimum score of 6.0 or the Academic module and attain a minimum score of 5.5, with consistent results across the bands.
Applicants from other countries will have their qualifications assessed by the Admissions Office.

Application Process:
To ensure that this is the right course for you, all applicants will be required to provide and participate in the following:
Provision of supporting evidence which may include - photo ID; school reports; HSC results; and/or previous completed qualifications, literacy language and numeracy assessment, skills assessment
Activity log
Medical form

Course requirements:
This course is physically demanding and requires time to be spent in the classroom completing knowledge training and in the outdoors learning and practicing the skills. To be successful Avondale requires all student to provide the following:
Working Laptop with MS package or compatible software
Wear appropriate clothing including enclosed shoes to classes and for activities as advised by the trainer
Provide personal items for outdoor activities (see website)
Must be able to meet physical requirements for all activities
Able to obtain a working with children check
Able to commit to course attendance requirements
Able to carry own backpack and participate in activities such as hiking, camping and sleep in the outdoors (including remote areas) with limited assistance
Able to undertake physically demanding activities working in small groups
This qualification is taught for a total of 30 weeks with students required to attend theory and practical sessions. Students typically attend class 3 days a week with time outside of class to do self-study, assignments, and practice. Practical’s can be done during the week or over weekends and can be weather dependent. Changes can occur in the planned activities of the week to ensure student safety.

To successfully gain the SIS40621 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership there are 27 units (12 core and 15 elective units) that students must successfully complete and demonstrate competency in.

Electives offered at Avondale include:
Abseiling, natural surfaces, single pitch
Bushwalking, difficult tracked environments, rivers
Canoeing and kayaking inland flat waters
Sea kayaking

Core Units
HLTWHS003 Maintain work 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
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
SISOBWG002 Bushwalk in difficult tracked environments
SISOBWG004 Cross rivers during bushwalks
SISOBWG006 Lead bushwalks in difficult tracked environments
SISOFLD007 Navigate in difficult tracked environments
SISOCNE002 Paddle a canoe on inland flatwater
SISOCNE005 Lead canoeing activities on inland flatwater
SISOKYK001 Paddle a kayak on inland flatwater
SISOKYK005 Lead kayaking activities on inland flatwater
SISOKYS001 Paddle a sea kayak in enclosed waters
SISOKYS004 Lead sea kayaking activities in enclosed waters
Credit Transfer (CT):
If you have previously completed any of the units as listed in the course structure below at Avondale or with any other registered training organisation, you may request Credit Transfer for unit(s).
Specified clusters (outdoors short courses) of units from SIS30619 Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership will gain CT into the SIS40621 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership and may gain CT into the SIS50421 Diploma of Outdoor Leadership
SIS4021 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership will gain CT into the SIS50421 Diploma of Outdoor Leadership

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)
Depending on your experience and previous work in Outdoor Recreation, you may request RPL. To support your RPL request you will be asked to demonstrate and provide evidence of learning related to the unit or units you are seeking RPL for.

For more information regarding CT or RPL, call +61 2 4980 2159, or email [email protected]
Equipment and additional costs
To ensure that students can successfully participate in all aspects of Outdoor Leadership studies - theory and practical, students must provide the following:
Computer / laptop
Suitable clothing for outdoor activity – hiking, bushwalking, climbing, abseiling, canoeing and kayaking
Sleeping bag (and pillow)
Suitable footwear for hiking/bushwalking and water activities
Sunscreen & sun hat
Insect repellent
Water bottle
Food for offsite activities where these may be over night or consecutive days and nights away

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

Field Trips
Much of the instruction for outdoor leadership takes place in the field. Trips can range from excursions of a few hours, such as trips to local abseiling sites to extended expeditions such as trips in the high country of the Snowy Mountains. Avondale provides transportation for all field trips. Students will be required to provide their own transportation where they are not able to meet the planned departure and return times.

Simulations and/or Work Placements
Students will need to participate in practicals where they are required to plan programs, lead others in activities and evaluate. These practicals can be simulated or organised through work placement by the course convenor.

Where students are undertaking a work placement, there may be additional requirements the student will need to meet. These may include:
Working With Children Check
National Police Clearance
Evidence of current immunisations

Students are responsible for meeting work placement requirements and any associated costs.

Avondale Policies
Avondale is committed to an environment of learning that supports the fullest possible human development. To support this Avondale provides an environment that is alcohol-free, tobacco-free and drug free on all campuses.

Avondale has a number of policies to support a positive learning experience and environment for all students studying at Avondale.

For further information see policies

Career Opportunities

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

Education Pathways
A SIS40621 Certificate IV in Outdoor leadership can also be used as a steppingstone to further education. This could include:
Possible university entrance into undergraduate courses
A path into the SIS50421 Diploma of Outdoor Leadership
Outdoor Leadership graduates leave with skills that support a range of careers, including:
• The retail camping sector
• Sport and Recreation Centres - such as rock-climbing 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

Ethan's Story

"Our lecturers are really supportive, the amount of hours they put in just to make sure your experience is really good." 

- Ethan, Outdoor leadership.
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