Our outdoor education 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, our Certificate IV in Outdoor Education 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 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, rafting, climbing, abseiling, 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.

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 SIS40313
Study Areas Sport & Recreation
Study Level Certificate IV
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 12 months
Traineeship: 12 months

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Lilydale

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $3,762.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $752.00
Full Tuition Fee $6,042.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $1,072.80
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

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)

Traineeship options available


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 also apply for the Bachelor of Education (Outdoor Education) or the Bachelor of Outdoor and Environmental Studies and Exercise Science at a university. 

Direct entry and VTAC or via your employer

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:

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

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

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

When completeing the duel full time program there are two units common to both courses so in total you will study 46 units (25 core, 21 electives). 

Last updated: February 18, 2019 02:12pm