About the course

About the course

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

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.

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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 1 year (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)

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

Career Outcomes

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 Snowsports Instructors and Outdoors Victoria.

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Entry Requirements

It is prefered that you are a minimum of 18 years of age.  Students of 17 years of age will require parental consent.  

It is recommended to have some prior outdoor recreation industry experience before entry into this qualification.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry and VTAC

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion will enable you to apply for the Diploma of Outdoor Leadership, Diploma of Sport (Coaching and Sport Development), Certificate III and IV in Fitness.  You may wish to pathway into University to a Bachelor of Education (Outdoor Eductaion).

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Government Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$546$2,729$9,435
Service & Amenity Fee$260$260$260
Material Fee$768$768$768
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$1,574$3,757$10,463
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$1,574$3,757$10,463

Service & Amenity Fee may very depending on course commencement and enrolment duration. Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2023 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

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

Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation - 27 units (15 core and 12 electives)

There is one unit common to both courses so in total you will study 44 units. 

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