This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in guiding outdoor recreation activities in a controlled environment. It requires technical knowledge of the outdoor recreation activity to be transferred to allow individuals to safely participate in the outdoor activity. It does not provide the skills and knowledge to impart the required level of technical knowledge and expertise to allow participants to independently undertake outdoor recreation activities.

A guide operating in a controlled environment has the skills, knowledge and experience to work autonomously within a closely defined range of skilled operations involving known routines, methods and procedures, where a small amount of discretion and judgement is required in the selection of equipment, services or contingency measures. This person may work independently only within clearly defined contexts where there are clearly defined Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and relevant documented guidelines, key safety features and risk management procedures for the specific activity location, they are familiar with those SOPs, and where assistance is available should a non-routine situation arise.

Work can be undertaken either autonomously or as part of a team under supervision. This supervision can be on or off site and would provide support to deal appropriately with unplanned or unexpected events. Work would be undertaken in field locations with clearly defined site specific situations such as camps, recreation centres or facilities or fields on various public lands. Work may be undertaken in differing environments such as water-based, dry land and mountainous terrains, using a diverse range of equipment.


Job roles

The following is indicative job role for this qualification:

Outdoor guide (controlled environment).


Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification by persons without prior outdoor recreation industry experience or formal qualifications is not recommended.

Examples of sufficient relevant skills and knowledge for entry into the qualification may include:

  • Previous qualification at the AQF level below
  • Previous experience in the outdoor recreation industry and interest in outdoor pursuits
  • Entry into this qualification and progression between qualification levels will be based on the professional judgement of the RTO, in consultation with the individual.


Packaging Rules

24 units must be completed:

12 core units

12 elective units, consisting of:

  • all the units in any two activity specialisations or
  • all the units in any one activity specialisation, and all the units in any one of the general specialisations
  • the remaining to make up the required 12 elective units from General electives, or any of the above groups; up to 4 of these remaining units may be selected elsewhere in SIS10, or any current accredited course or other Training Package, and must be first packaged at AQF level 2, 3 or 4.

In all cases, selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).



From Cert II (Module One)

  • HLTAID003         Provide first aid
  • SISOOPS201A     Minimise environmental impact
  • SISXEMR201A    Respond to emergency situations
  • SISXOHS101A     Follow occupational health and safety policies
  • SISXCCS201A      Provide customer service

At Cert III

  • SISOODR302A    Plan outdoor recreation activities
  • SISOODR303A    Guide outdoor recreation sessions
  • SISOOPS306A    Interpret weather conditions in the field
  • SISXCAI306A      Facilitate groups
  • SISXRSK301A      Undertake risk analysis of activities
  • TAEDEL301A       Provide work skill instruction
  • BSBWOR301B    Organise personal work priorities and development
  • SISONAV201A   Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment (common to all activity electives) Studied in Module One
ROCK     8 units

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

Climbing – Guide – Natural Surfaces – Top Rope

  • SISOCLN302A     Apply climbing skills on natural surfaces
  • SISOCLN303A     Establish belays for climbing on natural surfaces
  • SISOCLN304A     Guide top rope climbing activities on natural surfaces


  • SISOVTR301A     Perform vertical rescues

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid is included as a base skill set in this course. Wilderness First Aid is required by many outdoor operations as a staff requirement at staff expense. Thus there is no need to have to pay more money to gain this skill set at a later date.

It includes the following units:

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid (included in the core)
  • SISXEMR201A Respond to emergency situations (included in the core)
  • SISOOPS407A Apply search and rescue skills (included in the Cert IV core)
  • SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies (included in the core)
  • SISOOPS305A Provide first aid in a remote location
  • SISXEMR402A Coordinate emergency responses
  • PUAOPE002B Operate communications systems and equipment

Persons not wishing to complete Wilderness First Aid must complete 3 additional General electives to make up the required number of elective units.  These can be from Module One (Cert II) or from the following alternatives;

 Optional alternatives available by request (may incur additional cost)

RIVER    5 units

Canoeing – Guide – Flat Water

  • SISOCNE303A    Apply canoeing skills
  • SISOCNE305A    Guide canoeing trips on flat and undemanding water

Kayaking – Guide – Flat Water

  • SISOKYK302A     Apply kayaking skills
  • SISOKYK304A     Guide kayaking trips on flat and undemanding water


  • SISOCNE202A    Perform deep water rescues

Bushwalking – Guide – Controlled Environment

  • PUAOPE002B     Operate communications systems and equipment
  • SISOBWG201A  Demonstrate bushwalking skills in a controlled environment
  • SISOBWG303A  Guide bushwalks in a controlled environment
  • SISONAV201A   Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment

Challenge Ropes Course – Conduct High Ropes

  • SISOABL301A     Assist in the facilitation of adventure-based learning activities
  • SISOCRP302A     Conduct a high ropes session

Challenge Ropes Course – Conduct Low Ropes

  • SISOABL301A     Assist in the facilitation of adventure-based learning activities
  • SISOCRP301A     Conduct a low ropes session

Mountain Biking – Guide

  • SISOCYT202A     Demonstrate basic cycling skills
  • SISOMBK201A   Demonstrate basic off-road cycling skills
  • SISOMBK302A   Apply advanced off-road cycling skills
  • SISOMBK303A   Guide off-road cycle tours
  • SISONAV302A   Apply navigation skills in an intermediate environment

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