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SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation

SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation is an advanced skills course for experienced adventure tour guides or outdoor instructors who are looking to up-skill and/or multi-skill in the outdoor pursuits of bushwalking, white water kayaking and rafting, sea kayaking, abseiling and rock climbing instructor.

Students will have an opportunity to achieve industry skill instructor awards for kayaking and rock climbing/abseiling.

The course will focus on:

  • developing and coordinating outdoor programs
  • extended trip planning
  • leading, instructing and facilitating groups
  • program risk management
  • wilderness first aid and expedition medicine
  • search and rescue
  • coordinating emergency response
  • advanced bushwalking
  • navigation and weather interpretation skills in extreme environmental conditions
  • white water kayaking and rafting
  • swift water rescue
  • rock climbing and abseiling instructor
  • vertical rescue
  • expedition sea kayaking.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Senior adventure tour guides
  • Operations managers
  • Corporate adventure trainers
  • Outdoor instructors/leaders with schools and community organisations
  • Outdoor recreation program coordinators
  • Track rangers with the Parks & Wildlife Service.

Location, dates and times

Drysdale Campus, Hobart

Outdoor Recreation Instructor/Leader

  • Next Intake:   2020
  • Duration:  4 days per week

Information Sessions:

Drysdale Hobart Friday, 29 November 2019, 10am to 12pm.
Restaurant, Drysdale, 59 Collins Street, Hobart
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Learning Options

This course is delivered on campus and in the field. It includes a substantial practical component at field sites around Tasmania, including the Mersey, Forth, Picton and Derwent Rivers, and a range of rock-climbing venues around Hobart and on the east coast.

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include:

  • Assignments and project work
  • Presentations and briefings
  • Practical exercises
  • Scenarios
  • Demonstration of activity skills, group management and leadership skills and rescue & emergency management skills

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

What will I need to bring?

  • All personal clothing including thermals, warm wear, waterproofs, bush walking boots
  • Backpack (large capacity)
  • Sleeping bag (4 season)
  • Sleeping mat (4 season)
  • Lightweight tent (4 season)
  • Lightweight stove
  • Head torch

The program will provide:

  • Bus and trailer
  • Sea kayaks and white water kayaks
  • Rafts and rafting equipment
  • Paddles, helmets, PFDs, cags, wetsuits
  • Rock climbing equipment
  • Communication equipment
  • Rescue equipment
  • First aid kits

Are there any ‘other’ costs?

Uniform:  $100  (smitten merino zip neck)
Resources:  $64
Materials:  $49
Excursion:  $337
Total Cost:  $550

Essential Requirements

Applicants should have a SIT30316 Certificate III in Guiding / SIT40216 Certificate IV in Guiding, and/or  a minimum of one season of work as an adventure tour guide OR solid skills in two or more outdoor pursuits, with a minimum of three years of industry experience as an adventure tour guide/outdoor instructor and excellent physical fitness.


Entry is via an interview and a skills assessment bushwalk. This helps ensure that this is the right course for you.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation.

Qualification Requirements

To gain this qualification successful completion of 31 units must be selected comprising of 15 core units and 16 elective units.
Contact us for a full list of electives.


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