Diploma of Outdoor Leadership

National Code: SIS50419
TAFE SA Code: TP01170


This course aims to provide you with in-depth knowledge and skills to work in a wide variety of roles across Outdoor Recreation industries. Plan and lead outdoor activities for school outdoor recreation programs, lead adventure tourism trips in some of SA’s heritage sites and learn to lead bushwalks and field trips to remote locations.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$3,487 - $4,128
$6,975 - $8,255
$2,683 - $3,175
$5,365 - $6,350

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Career opportunities include:
    • Outdoor Recreation Coordinator
    (eg: commercial outdoor recreation companies, schools, aquatic centres, government agencies)
    • Outdoor recreation project officer
    • Advanced bush walking guide
    • Climbing instructor
    • Sea/flat water Kayak instructor
    • Outdoor activity instructor
    • Outdoor recreation leader

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Outdoor Leadership (SIS50419)
    This course provides an in-depth level of knowledge and skills that can be applied in a wide variety of occupations across the outdoor recreation industries.
    Plan and lead outdoor activities for school outdoor recreation programs, guide clients on adventure tours around SA and lead bushwalks and field trips to remote locations.
    Highlights include:

    • Planning and leading outdoor activities for a number of SA school's outdoor recreation programs
    • Leading bushwalks and field trips to remote locations in SA
    • Coordinating and guiding “real” clients on an adventure tourism trip on Kangaroo Island.
      To complete these qualifications you are required to complete all 30 core units plus 26 electives.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2020 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Coordinate client service activities 40
    Coordinate emergency responses 20
    Coordinate work teams or groups 35
    Develop outdoor recreation programs 60
    Facilitate groups 25
    Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities 50
    Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities 45
    Manage legal compliance in sport and recreation 40
    Manage risk for outdoor programs 65
    Manage work health and safety 40
    Operate communications systems and equipment 15
    Plan for minimal environmental impact 35
    Plan outdoor activity sessions 50


    Name Nominal Hours
    Bushwalk in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments 70
    Cross rivers during bushwalks 20
    Establish belays for single pitch climbing on natural surfaces 45
    Lead bushwalks in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments 80
    Lead kayaking activities on inland flatwater 60
    Lead kayaking activities on moving water up to grade 1 rivers 70
    Lead sea kayaking activities in sheltered coastal waters 70
    Lead single pitch climbing activities on natural surfaces, top rope climbing 45
    Navigate in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments 50
    Navigate in tracked environments 30
    Navigate waterway courses 35
    Paddle a kayak on inland flatwater 45
    Paddle a kayak on moving water up to grade 1 rivers 40
    Paddle a sea kayak in enclosed waters 30
    Paddle a sea kayak in sheltered coastal waters 30
    Perform vertical rescues 40
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Provide first aid 18
    Top rope climb single pitches, natural surfaces 40
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