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 Guiding 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 Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 12 months (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

You must be 18 years of age.  

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


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 Recreation, Diploma of Sports Development, Diploma of Fitness or the Diploma of Events.  You may also apply for the Bachelor of Education (Outdoor Education) or the Bachelor of Outdoor and Environmental Studies and Exercise Science at a university. 

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 to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Government Subsidised StandardFull FeeGovernment Subsidised Concession or Job Trainer
Tuition Fee$4,836$11,596$967
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$917$917$917
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$6,002$12,762$2,133
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$6,002$12,762$2,133

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 2021 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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