Ever thought you could turn you love of the outdoors and sense of adventure into a career?  Does your sense of  adventure include bushwalking, camping, canoeing, abseiling, rockclimbing or just being outside enjoying a seascape or a bush setting. Ever wanted to work with people to help them develop a better understanding and sense of themself, to realise the strengths and qualities they have and how to use them to achieve their potential and what they want out of life, then completing a course or qualification in outdoor recreation could lead to your dream career.

Entry Requirements

Entry into Certificate III and IV in Outdoor Recreation requires a good level of physical fitness to undertake the strenuous nature of this qualification without becoming a liability to yourself, fellow students and others who ultimately you will be responsible for. We welcome open participation for all and will make reasonable adjustment where practical however the over-riding principle is that  of a secure environment for the group, and that cannot be compromised.

Entry into this qualification and progression between qualification levels will be based on the professional judgment of The Outdoor Education Consultants, in consultation with the individual student.


  • Minimum age of 17 years
  • Successful completion of Year 10 or equivalent

How will I study?

A course of study with The Outdoor Education Consultants will be a blend of on-line self-paced learning and face to face training.  Face to face training may consist of classroom learning, practical learning at an activity site or venue either indoors or outdoors and simulated or actual workplace training.  Blocks of face to face training are scheduled into a course of study with several dates available , this means your training can fit around your lifestyle.

The Outdoor Education Consultants are different in that we will actively support you during your on-line learning phase.  You will have regular Skype sessions with your trainer.  Your assessments can be as high-tech or as low-tech as you choose, from using point of view glasses to posting us your assignment, that’s cool by us.

Given the nature of the training, specialist equipment will be provided, but you will eventually be required to provide your own personal safety equipment such as a harness and a helmet.  A comprehensive list of ‘essential and optional’ equipment will be provided to you prior to enrolment.

When can I start?

If you are 100% sure this course is for you, you can start today!  All you need to do is register and pay your enrolment fee and deposit and you can start your learning adventure.  Otherwise, please talk to us as we have  several short courses as well as full qualifications that may suit your needs.  With all our courses you can use a payment plan that allows you to make smaller payments on a regular basis, or you can pay the full amount upfront.  We will also design an individual learning plan with you so you can easily manage your study and other commitments.


The *nominal hours for Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation is 559 hours. Spending 20 hours a week would mean you may be able to finish your certificate in 7 months.

The *nominal hours for Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation is 851 hours. Spending 20 hours a week would mean you may be able to finish your certificate in 10-11 months.

Self paced learning may vary from individual to individual so it is important to proceed at a pace that suits you. There is also a significant practical aspect to our training, which we will help you plan into your schedule.

* Published by Queensland VET Development Centre, Department of Education and Training for The State of Queensland (Department of Education and Training) 2011.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills are skills that apply across a variety of jobs and life contexts. They are sometimes referred to as key skills, core skills, life skills, essential skills, key competencies, necessary skills, and transferable skills. Industry’s preferred term is Employability Skills.

Employability Skills are defined as “skills required  to gain employment.  There are eight Employability Skills: communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, learning, and technology.  How each of these skills apply to the qualification or course you will study can be found at the following link or ask your trainer.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

What is recognition?

Recognition involves the assessment of skills and knowledge that an individual has achieved outside the formal education and training system. Recognition assesses this unrecognised learning against the requirements of a unit of competence, in respect of both entry requirements and outcomes to be achieved.  By removing the need for duplication of learning, recognition encourages an individual to continue upgrading their skills and knowledge through structured education and training towards formal qualifications and improved employment outcomes.  This has benefits for the individual and industry.  Most importantly, it should be noted the recognition is  another form of assessment.

The cost to complete RPL is

  • 1 Unit $450
  • 2 Units $350 per unit
  • 3 Units $250 per unit
  • 4 or more Units $150 per unit

Assuming no training and practical assessment is required and that you complete our RPL document and can provide all necessary proof.

Single Units of Competency

Individual units vary according to complexity, whether they are an elective or core unit, and if they are taken in conjunction with other units. We will provide a quote on request.

Credit Transfer

What is credit transfer?

Credit transfer is the recognition of learning achieved through formal education and training. Under the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations, qualifications and statements of attainment issued by any RTO are to be accepted and recognised by all other RTOs.  Credit Transfer allows a students to be awarded a unit of competency/module based on successful completion of the unit which has been previously awarded.

Career Pathway

You may choose to use you qualification to work in the outdoor recreation industry in which case there are many roles you could fill.  Majoring in outdoor recreation may also lead to positions in the sports and recreation, youth work, or community recreation industries.

These are the potential areas of work in Outdoor Recreation:

  • Outdoor Adventure Leader
  • Outdoor Adventure Guide
  • Outdoor Education Teacher
  • Operations Manager
  • Camp Coordinator
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Activity Instructor in any of the following :
    • Abseiling
    • Bushwalking
    • Canoeing
    • Challenge Ropes Course
    • Kayaking
    • Mountain biking
    • Rockclimbing

For a brochure on Career Pathways in the Outdoor Recreation and Sport & Recreation Industry:

Enrolment Information

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