About the course

About the course

Our outdoor leadership course is delivered as both a dual qualification in conjunction with the Certificate IV in Guiding as well as a stand-alone traineeship.

If you’d like to choose your own outdoor adventure, this course is an ideal choice for you. You will open up career pathways to outdoor recreation, outdoor education, teaching, sports management, exercise science, tourism and international guiding through this course. Your potential employment settings include the corporate world, education and private enterprise. 

To prepare you for the demands of the industry, our course focuses on outdoor activity training to both guide and instructor levels. You will learn specific skills in areas including bushwalking, canoeing, snow sports, mountain biking, risk management, navigation and trip planning. Develop the capabilities required to plan and deliver an outdoor recreation program for a wide range of clients.

At Box Hill Institute our Certificate IV in Outdoore Leadership is unique as it includes environmental and indigenous units – something not all programs offer.  You'll learn in the beautiful Yarra Valley, surrounded by bushland and the lake, at our Lilydale Lakeside campus.  Our industry partners are located within a 20km radius of the campus. You’ll also gain hands-on, practical experience in bushwalking, canoeing, mountain biking and skiing, and be trained at Instructor level.

Work with industry partners to gain valuable experience in programs like the Yarra Ranges mountain bike “We Can Ride”. You’ll have the opportunity to instruct as well as directly engage with participants.

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 will be replaced

Please note: This course will change in the near future and alterations to the structure will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February & July

Full time: 1 year (a combination of week-long field trips and class days on-campus up to 4-5 days a week)

Part time traineeship: available with your employer

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Career Outcomes

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

  • outdoor guide (uncontrolled environment)
  • outdoor instructor
  • site manager
  • camp facilitator
  • specialist activity instructor
  • tour guide
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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.


Direct entry and VTAC or via your employer for the traineeship

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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

Payment Plan

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

Free-TAFE or Job TrainerGovernment Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$846$4,228$10,235
Service Fee$166$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83$83
Material Fee$917$917$917$917
Retain Course Items$0$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$1,166$2,012$5,394$11,401
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$1,166$2,012$5,394$11,401

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 2022 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 Outdoor Leadership - 27 units (12 core and 15 electives). 

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

When completeing the dual full time program there are two units common to both courses, so in total you will study 36 units.

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