Depending on the specialisations chosen, this qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in:

Guiding outdoor recreation activities and developing programs 

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.

Instructing outdoor recreation skills and developing instructional programs

An instructor has the skills, knowledge and experience to facilitate skill transfer or development to clients in order that they may participate independently (or with minimal supervision) in outdoor activities. This requires the instructor to be able to:

  • transfer required technical skills and knowledge to participants
  • apply a variety of appropriate instructional strategies
  • critique participants technique
  • assess participants skill and knowledge acquisition during and at the end of a program or session

In all cases those with this qualification would be managing expected and unexpected situations with considerable autonomy. Leadership, guidance and supervision are involved when organising activities of self and others, as well as contributing to technical solutions of a non-routine or contingency nature. Work would be performed in field locations with varied contexts requiring contingency planning and in differing environments such as water-based, dry land and mountainous terrains, using a diverse range of equipment.

Packaging rules

31 units must be completed

15 core units and

16 elective units, consisting of:

  • all the units in any two Activity Groups
  • the remaining to make up the required 16 elective units from the electives below, or any of the above groups; up to 5 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.

Core Units

The following units are required core subjects

  • SISOODR302A Plan outdoor recreation activities
  • SISOOPS306A Interpret weather conditions in the field
  • TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction
  • BSBWOR404B Develop work priorities
  • SISOODR404A Manage risk in an outdoor activity
  • SISOODR405A Develop and coordinate programs incorporating outdoor activities
  • SISXCCS404A Address client needs
  • SISXIND404A Promote compliance with laws and legal principles
  • SISXIND405A Conduct projects
  • SISXOHS402A Implement and monitor occupational health and safety policies
  • SISXRES402A Support implementation of environmental management practices
  • SISXRES403A Use resources efficiently
  • 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 core)

Activity Specialisations

The following two specialisations are our standard offerings for this qualification.

Climbing – Guide – Natural Surface – Top Rope

  1. SISONAV201A Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment
  2. SISOCLN302A Apply climbing skills on natural surfaces
  3. SISOCLN303A Establish belays for climbing on natural surfaces
  4. SISOCLN304A Guide top rope climbing activities on natural surfaces
  5. SISOVTR301A Perform vertical rescues

Tour Guiding

  1. SITTGDE301 Work as a guide
  2. SITTGDE303 Lead tour groups
  3. SITTGDE304 Prepare and present tour commentaries or activities
  4. SITTGDE305 Develop and maintain the general and regional knowledge required by guides

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 which make up the rensinder of required core and elective units for your Cert IV:

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


The above package provides for 13 of the required 16 elective units

The additional 3 required elective units can be drawn from your Module One and Two studies.

You may also elect to study other specialisations from the packaging document if agreeable with the RTO at additional cost. Please note; many of the following activity specialisations require assessment of prerequisite activity skills. Should the student not hold prerequisite knowledge then the required units must be completed before enrolment in the Certificate IV level specialisations

  • Abseiling – Guide – Natural Surface – Multi Pitch
  • Abseiling – Instruct – Natural Surface – Single Pitch
  • Bushwalking – Guide – Intermediate Environment
  • Bushwalking – Instruct – Controlled Environment
  • Bushwalking – Instruct – Intermediate Environment
  • Bushwalking – Instruct – Uncontrolled Environment
  • Canoeing – Instruct – Flat Water
  • Kayaking – Instruct – Flat Water
  • Challenge Ropes Course – Supervise High Ropes
  • Challenge Ropes Course – Supervise Low Ropes
  • Climbing – Guide – Natural Surface – Single Pitch – Lead
  • Climbing – Guide – Natural Surface – Top Rope
  • Climbing – Instruct – Natural Surface – Single Pitch – Lead
  • Climbing – Instruct – Natural Surface -Top Rope
  • Mountain Biking – Guide


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