Course Information

SIS40621 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

Course Description
This qualification reflects the role of highly skilled outdoor recreation leaders who lead and supervise dependent participants in recreational activities according to activity plans, which they develop.

These leaders are proficient in recreational activity techniques and have well-developed leadership skills to manage group participation, cohesion, operational logistics, risk and significant problems as they arise. While actions are limited by the parameters of plans, policies and procedures, they work with a considerable amount of autonomy.

This qualification reflects the role of leaders who can work at or close to base but often work in remote areas distant from support. Communication systems may be unreliable and assistance from medical and emergency services may not be readily available. They are expected to make high level independent judgements about logistical, technical, safety and emergency response issues.

This qualification provides a pathway to work for any type of organisation that delivers outdoor recreation activities including commercial, not-for-profit and government organisations.

Licensing/Regulatory Information - No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Course Content
This course requires the successful completion of 27 units of competency ( Units ).

The 27 Units must be made up of 12 Core Units plus 15 Elective Units.

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

At least 2 of the following elective groups must be completed.

  • Group A - Abseiling, Natural Surfaces, Single Pitch.

  • Group B - Abseiling, Natural Surfaces, Multi Pitch.

  • Group C - Bushwalking, Difficult Tracked Environments, Rivers.

  • Group D - Bushwalking, Extremely Difficult Tracked and Untracked Environments.

  • Group E - Canyoning, Easy to Intermediate.

  • Group F - Canyoning, Intermediate to Advanced.

  • Group H - Challenge Course, High elements.

  • Group I - Climbing, Natural Surfaces, Top Rope.

  • Group J - Climbing, Natural Surfaces, Lead, Single Pitch.

  • Group K - Climbing, Natural Surfaces, Lead, Multi Pitch.

  • Group L - Canoeing, Moving Water.

  • Group M - Canoeing, White Water.

  • Group N - Caving.

  • Group O - Cycle Touring, On Road.

  • Group P - Cycle Touring, Off Road Intermediate Trails.

  • Group U - Kayaking, Moving Water.

  • Group V - Kayaking, White Water, Grade 2 Rivers.

  • Group W - Sea Kayaking.

  • Group X - Sea Kayaking, Exposed Waters.

  • Group Y - Rafting, Grade 3 Rivers.

  • Group Z - Rafting, Grade 4 Rivers.

  • Group AD - Ski Touring.

  • Group AG - Stand up Paddling Boarding, Surf.

  • Group AH - Stand up Paddling Boarding, Sheltered Coastal Waters.

Other Elective Units

The remaining elective units can be selected from any of the other groups, or from elsewhere in the SIS Training Package, or from any other current training package or accredited course.

In all cases, the selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification.

Please contact Group 314 to discuss your personal circumstances and review your previous training/qualifications so that an Individual Training Plan can be developed.

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Nationally Recognised Training ( NRT ) under the Australian Quality Training Framework ( AQTF ).

Certification Type

Course Fee
The maximum course fee is $6,995 ex GST.

Course fees will vary depending on the amount of RPL or Credit Transfer available. Please contact Group 314 to discuss your individual circumstances to develop a custom training plan.

No more than $1,500 ex GST will be charged up front, the remainder will be charged in progressive payments.

Government Funding
Not applicable

Entry Requirements
Students must:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of enrolment.

  • Have an email address and access to a computer with an internet connection.

  • Have good language, literacy and numeracy skills.

  • Complete a Pre-course Evaluation conducted by Group 314 to determine suitability for the course.

  • Have previous experience or partial qualifications in Outdoor Leadership.

Duration will vary depending on the amount of RPL or Credit Transfer available, but is expected to take up to 12 months to complete in most circumstances. Please contact Group 314 to discuss your individual circumstances to develop a custom training plan.

Training Strategy
Theoretical components of the course are conducted as an E-Learning package using an online training system where students complete a variety of activities, questions and projects.

Modules for hard skills are scheduled as required, depending on student needs and chosen disciplines. Hard skill modules range from short workshops through to camps that are 7-14 days in duration.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Successful RPL applications may result in variations to the duration and cost of the course.

Refer to the Group 314 RPL Policy Click here for more information.

Credit Transfer

Successful Credit Transfer applications may result in variations to the duration and cost of the course.

Refer to the Group 314 Credit Transfer Policy Click here for more information.

Assessment Strategy
This course requires students to complete a variety of assessment activities.

Assessment activities include:

  • Written knowledge assessments.

  • Assignments.

  • Practical demonstration - skills checklists.

  • Practical demonstration - competency observation.

  • Third party evidence.

Online at a location determined by the student.

Various outdoor locations across Australia depending on the chosen skill areas.

Workplace Arrangements
Not applicable.

More About This Course
More information about this course is available on the Australian Government Training website Click here SIS40619

If you would like to discuss this course with a Group 314 representative, please email or phone 1300 448 779.

Please email or phone 1300 448 779 to enrol.

Why study with us

  • The practical application of skills and knowledge is important to us.
  • Our trainers and assessors have vast amounts of industry experience.
  • Prior learning is recognised to avoid unnecessary effort.
  • Courses are customised to suit individual and organisational needs.
  • We will help as much as we can.
  • There are no unexpected charges and payment plans are offered.

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