SISSS00042 – Climbing Guide (Natural Surfaces) Top Rope – Skill Set


A climbing guide will assist a more experienced leader with groups so they can take part in a climbing activity either indoors or outdoors, but there is no intention of imparting skills or knowledge to clients beyond that which is necessary to enable their safe participation in the activity.

Course Name: SISSS00042 - Climbing Guide (Natural Surfaces) Top Rope - Skill Set
Course Code: SISSS00042
Course Duration: 3-6 months part time including 5 days face to face training.
Training Plans: Climbing Guide (Natural Surfaces) Top Rope - Skill Set

Rock climbing is a worldwide sport that can be done on natural surfaces which includes any rock formation, or on artificial surfaces which includes rockwalls purposefully built either indoors or outdoors.

When climbing, participants climb up, down or across with the goal to reach the endpoint of the climbing route without falling.

It is a physically and mentally demanding pursuit that will test a climber’s strength, agility, endurance and balance. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialised climbing equipment is essential before venturing out onto rock.

A natural surfaces for climbing is any cliff face, rocky outcrop or natural occurring surface found in the outdoors.

Single pitch is when you climb a rock face using one pitch or length of your rope.

Lead climbing involves a climber attaching themselves to their rope and ascending a route while placing specialised gear to the rock face. The lead climber has another person acting as a belayer who holds the rope using a belay device to help arrest the climbers fall.


Written theory to be completed before practical activity starts.
Evidence of 50 logged hours required to pass this skill set.

Entry Requirements:

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid is a prerequsite unit and must be completed prior to starting this skill set.

Qualification Requirements:

There are no qualification requirements to this course.
A current first aid certificate - HLTAID003 Provide frst aid, is a core unit and is required before commencing the course.

Units of Competence:
CodeUnit NameType
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Core
SISOODR302A Plan outdoor recreation activities Core
SISOODR303A Guide outdoor recreation sessions Core
SISOOPS201A Minimise environmental impact Core
SISOOPS306A Interpret weather conditions in the field Core
SISXCAI306A Facilitate groups Core
SISXEMR201A Respond to emergency situations Core
SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies Core
SISXRSK301A Undertake risk analysis of activities Core
SISOCLN201A Demonstrate top rope climbing skills on natural surfaces Elective
SISOCLN302A Apply climbing skills on natural surfaces Elective
SISOCLN303A Establish belays for climbing on natural surfaces Elective
SISOCLN304A Guide top rope climbing activities on natural surfaces Elective
SISOOPS304A Plan for minimal environmental impact Elective
SISOVTR301A Perform vertical rescues Elective

These units provide a credit towards SIS30413 Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation.
Course Cost is:
$1750 Non Funded OR
$630 Non Concessional and Funded* OR
$390 Concessional and Funded*

*Higher Skill Level Funding

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