If you have a passion for the great outdoors, the Diploma of Outdoor Leadership, coupled with the Certificate III in Tourism is perfect for you! Your studies will take you on location as you explore Australian bushlands and coastal, alpine, desert and mountainous environments.
Career opportunities, include:
- trip leader in the outdoor leadership industry
- outdoor guide
- outdoor instructor
- skilled senior program leader
- logistics and operations manager
- work within a larger outdoor education or outdoor adventure activity-based company.
Pathways to further study:
- SIS50321 Diploma of Sport (in partnership with St Kilda Football Club)
Studying the Diploma of Outdoor Leadership at Holmesglen
You will focus on developing the capabilities required to plan, organise and deliver an outdoor adventure program for a wide range of clientele, using a variety of outdoor activities. You will develop camp and expedition management skills including group leadership and campsite catering, allowing you to guide and teach others.
The course is ideal for those that are currently working or who have an interest in outdoor recreation and adventure activities, and anyone who is enthusiastic about outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing, camping, white water rafting, challenge high rope courses and canoeing. As part of the course, students are required to complete several vocational, practical experiences in the outdoor recreation/adventure tourism industry.
Monday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm.
Students engage with Holmesglen four days per week for six hours per day. Classes are both practical and theoretical in nature and combine face-to-face, on-campus learning with virtual, off-campus 'clustered' classes. There are also off-campus field excursions.
To receive the Diploma of Outdoor Leadership, you must complete 28 units:
13 core units
15 elective units.
||Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities
||Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities
||Manage work health and safety
||Manage risk for outdoor programs
||Navigate in tracked environments
||Operate communications systems and equipment
||Coordinate emergency responses
||Cross rivers during bushwalks
||Self rescue in white water
||Develop outdoor recreation programs
||Coordinate work teams or groups
||Rescue others in white water
||Lead and participate in complex white water rescues
||Plan for minimal environmental impact
||Work as a guide
||Bushwalk in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments
||Lead bushwalks in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments
||Navigate in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments
||Guide a raft on grade 2 rivers
||Lead rafting activities on grade 2 rivers
||Guide a raft on grade 3 rivers
||Lead rafting activities on grade 3 rivers
||Manage legal compliance in sport and recreation
||Manage challenge course
||Plan outdoor activity sessions
||Coordinate client service activities
||Coordinate facility and equipment acquisition and maintenance
| Code || Name |
|SISOPLN004||Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities|
|SISOPLN005||Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities|
|HLTWHS004||Manage work health and safety|
|SISOPLN007||Manage risk for outdoor programs|
|SISOFLD006||Navigate in tracked environments|
|PUAOPE013||Operate communications systems and equipment|
|SISXEMR002||Coordinate emergency responses|
|SISOBWG004||Cross rivers during bushwalks|
|SISORSC004||Self rescue in white water|
|SISOPLN003||Develop outdoor recreation programs|
|SISXIND005||Coordinate work teams or groups|
|SISORSC005||Rescue others in white water|
|SISORSC006||Lead and participate in complex white water rescues|
|SISOPLN006||Plan for minimal environmental impact|
|SITTGDE014||Work as a guide|
|SISOBWG003||Bushwalk in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments|
|SISOBWG007||Lead bushwalks in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments|
|SISOFLD008||Navigate in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments|
|SISORAF001||Guide a raft on grade 2 rivers|
|SISORAF004||Lead rafting activities on grade 2 rivers|
|SISORAF002||Guide a raft on grade 3 rivers|
|SISORAF005||Lead rafting activities on grade 3 rivers|
|SISXIND008||Manage legal compliance in sport and recreation|
|SISOCHC005||Manage challenge course|
|SISOPLN002||Plan outdoor activity sessions|
|SISXCCS002||Coordinate client service activities|
|SISXFAC004||Coordinate facility and equipment acquisition and maintenance|
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.
Applicants are also required to commit to off-campus field excursions (which may be overnight) throughout the year.
Holmesglen requires students to be aged 18 by February of the year they start the course. Students should also have the physical capacity to work in the field, where they may be required to assist with outdoor leadership equipment, while complying with all Manual Handling WHS legislation. A Working with Children Check is required due to the practical placement component of the course.
Applicants should have:
a desire to further progress their outdoor leadership skills and knowledge
a Certificate III or IV in Outdoor Leadership (or equivalent experience or qualifications)
experience and interest in the outdoors and nature
a mature attitude and approach to study
the ability to be flexible and show initiative
a desire to work with young people in a range of difficult and dynamic environments.
There are prerequisite studies for one of the units of competency within the program. Students are required to complete or have attained SISOCHC003 Lead challenge course sessions, high elements, before commencing and completing SISOCHC004 Set up and supervise challenge course sessions, high elements.
COVID-19 vaccination requirements
Please refer to our coronavirus update page to view current vaccine requirements.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
On completion, you will attain the SIS50421 Diploma of Outdoor Leadership and SIT30522 Certificate III in Tourism
How to apply
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SIS50421 Diploma in Outdoor Leadership
Full fee $18,756.75
Government subsidised $ 10,045.75
Activities fee $2,500
SIT30522 Certificate III in Tourism
Full fee $ 6,344
Government subsidised $ 2,706
Concession $ 541
**Additional costs may also apply for course consumable and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses. To view the additional costs that apply for each course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession