SIS30619 - Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership (Release 2)

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in guiding outdoor recreation activities in a controlled environment.

About this course


The course is delivered over a period of 6 months on a full time basis.


The qualification is taken from the SIS - Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package (Release 5.2) and is recognised nationwide.


Entry to this qualification by persons without prior outdoor recreation industry experience or formal qualifications is not recommended.

Examples of sufficient relevant skills and knowledge for entry into the qualification may include:

  • Previous qualification at the AQF level below
  • Previous experience in the outdoor recreation industry and interest in outdoor pursuits

Entry into this qualification and progression between qualification levels will be based on our professional judgement in consultation with the individual.

Physical requirements

In order to complete this course you will be required to Bushwalk in various environments carrying a backpack (15kg). You will also be exposed to cliff environments and be required to undertake a range of vertical mobility techniques whilst abseiling on a single rope. You will also be required to paddle a canoe on flat and undemanding water. You will also be required to perform four minutes of CPR on a manikin on the floor.

  • It is desirable that participants have the physical attributes to participate in adventurous physical activities.

Age Limit


We can provide assistance for Language, Literacy and Numeracy. If you have a Disability please contact administration on +61 2 4722 2471 or prior to starting the course.


This is a NSW government subsidised course. To check your eligibility and what fees you will pay for this course click here


Fee paying students are eligible for refunds in certain cases. For more details, please refer to: Student Pre-Enrolment Information


You will learn the skills and have the knowledge for:

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in guiding outdoor recreation activities in a controlled environment. It requires technical knowledge of the outdoor recreation activity to be transferred to allow individuals to safely participate in the outdoor activity. It does not provide the skills and knowledge to impart the required level of technical knowledge and expertise to allow participants to independently undertake outdoor recreation activities.

A guide operating in a controlled environment has the skills, knowledge and experience to work autonomously within a closely defined range of skilled operations involving known routines, methods and procedures, where a small amount of discretion and judgement is required in the selection of equipment, services or contingency measures. This person may work independently only within clearly defined contexts where there are clearly defined Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and relevant documented guidelines, key safety features and risk management procedures for the specific activity location, they are familiar with those SOPs, and where assistance is available should a non-routine situation arise.

Work can be undertaken either autonomously or as part of a team under supervision. This supervision can be on or off site and would provide support to deal appropriately with unplanned or unexpected events. Work would be undertaken in field locations with clearly defined site specific situations such as camps, recreation centres or facilities or fields on various public lands. Work may be undertaken in differing environments such as water-based, dry land and mountainous terrains, using a diverse range of equipment.


Complete the enrolment form online which can be found at For any questions about enrolment please contact the office on (02) 4722 2471 or email for more information


Do you already have a qualification, statement of attainment for units completed at another registered training organisation? National recognition is about recognising them.  Any requests for recognition of prior learning will be considered by 5 Star Training & Consulting.  Please contact the office on(02) 4722 2471 or email or speak with your teacher for more information.


There are no early exit points for this course of study.


Students are issued with course learning materials, workbooks and handouts relevant to each unit.


The following are indicative job roles for this qualification:

  • outdoor guide


Upon successful completion of the CIII, you will be given credit transfer into the CIV Outdoor Recreation.

Program Content

The training program covers 22 units of competency taken from the training package. There are 9 core units and 13 elective units.

Course Outline

CORE UNITS – All units must be completed

  • HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety
  • PUAOPE013 - Operate communications systems and equipment
  • SISOFLD002 - Minimise environmental impact
  • SISOPLN001 - Finalise operation of outdoor recreation activities
  • SISOPLN004 - Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities
  • SISOPLN005 - Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities
  • SISXCCS001 - Provide quality service
  • SISXEMR001 - Respond to emergency situations
  • SISXFAC001 - Maintain equipment for activities

13 ELECTIVE UNITS to be completed from 2 seperate groups

  • Group B – Abseiling – Guide – Single Pitch – Natural Surfaces (5 units)
  • Group C – Bushwalking – Guide – Controlled Environment (3 units)
  • Group I – Canoeing – Guide – Inland Flat Water (2 units)
  • Group V – Skiing – Ski Touring – Guide – Day (3 units)
  • Group X – Surfing – Guide – Beginner (3 units)
  • Group W – Snorkelling – Guide (3 units)
  • General Electives can also be chosen to bring total number of units to 22

Possible Career Pathways for Outdoor Guides

Bushwalking & Canoe Guide:

  • Core + 2 elective groups
  • Bushwalking – Guide Controlled environment
  • Canoeing – Guide Flat Water
  • + General Electives

Bushwalking & XC Ski Guide:

  • Core + 2 elective groups
  • Bushwalking – Guide Controlled environment
  • Ski Touring – Day
  • + General Electives

Water Based Guide:

  • Core + 2 elective groups
  • Canoeing – Guide Flat Water
  • Surfing – Guide Basic
  • Snorkelling – Guide
  • + general elective


Please refer to the pre enrolment information for new students for detailed information.  This can be found at


There are various venues for this course which is predominantly based in the Blue Mountains National Park NSW.


The following equipment will be required for your training:

  • Sleeping bag – 3 season
  • Sleeping mat or Thermarest
  • Rain jacket
  • Over-pants
  • Suitable bushwalking footwear e.g. boots or runners
  • Thermal clothing (various weights top and bottom)
  • Compass
  • Map case
  • 75-80 litre backpack
  • Head torch or similar
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Stove (Trangia, Peak or MSR) and fuel bottle
  • Tent – 3 season
  • SunHat
  • Food for both day and overnight trips


T. (02) 4722 2471 E. W.