Our Certificate IV in Guiding is delivered as a dual qualification in conjunction with the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation.

If you’ve got a passion for the outdoors and an appetite for adventure and eco-tourism, this is your course.  Open up career pathways to adventure tourism, international guiding, outdoor recreation and education with this qualification. As an outdoor adventure guide, tour guide or tourism specialist you will be highly sought after by Victorian and Australian tourism operators. 

Our course prepares you for the demands of the industry. It focuses on equipping you with a wide range of outdoor activity training at both guide and instructor levels. Learn specific skills in areas such as bushwalking, canoeing, snow sports, rafting, climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, risk management, navigation and trip planning. Develop the capabilities required to plan and deliver adventure tourism programs for a wide range of clients.

Make the most of our vast network of supportive employers, industry bodies and employment opportunities to gain practical industry experience and become ‘job ready’ before you finish your course. Gather on-the-job experience and further develop your guiding techniques within placements in different workplace settings. This way you’ll position yourself for the best possible employment opportunities.

National Code SIT40216
Study Areas Sport & Recreation
Study Level Certificate IV
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 12 months

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Lilydale

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,425.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $485.00
Full Tuition Fee $8,830.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $722.85
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments


Full time: 12 months (class days and times are variable, students will spend half their time in class and half on specific field based adventure programs to gain practical activity skill acquisition)


You must be 18 years of age.  

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

Successful completion will enable you to apply for the Diploma of Outdoor Recreation, Diploma of Sports Development, Diploma of Fitness or the Diploma of Events.  You may apply for entry into a degree in tourism, outdoor education, sport science or human movement.

Direct entry and VTAC

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

After successful completion you may wish to apply for roles such as:

  • tour guide
  • cultural guide 
  • heritage guide 
  • interpretive guide 
  • nature-based guide 
  • tour director 
  • tour manager 
  • walking guide
  • specialist activity guide
  • eco adventurer within Australia’s Adventure Tourism industry

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be eligible for registration with key industry bodies including Canoeing Victoria, Australian Professional Snow sports Instructors and Outdoors Victoria.



Certificate IV in Guiding – 17 units (11 core and 6 elective). 

Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation – 31 units (15 core and 16 electives). 

There is one unit common to both courses so in total you will study 47 units (25 core, 22 electives). 

Last updated: February 22, 2019 01:04pm