SIS40619 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

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

About this course

SIS40619Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

AlpineBushwalking and Ski Touring

Version May 2021


This course is forpeople working in or wanting to work in the Ski Guiding/Touring/OutdoorEducation Industry.

It is designed to givethe participants opportunities to develop their skiing, navigation, snow shoe,camp craft and survival skills in steep and difficult terrain,

The Certificate IV inOutdoor Leadership is designed to reflect the role of those who operate withina broad range of varied contexts that may be complex and non-routine.Leadership and guidance are involved when organising activities of self andothers, as well as contributing to technical solutions of a non-routine orcontingency nature.


The course is deliveredover a period of 14 weeks (which includes preparation and theory – 11 weeks anda 3 week practical block.)


Planning and theory session 1 May 2021

For participants enrolling after 1 May 2021there will be an individualzoom session to cover this content.

Preparation, planning & project    1 May – 17 July 2021 (project – noattendance required – more details will be given at planning session)

Practical Instructional sessions – see TT below

Equipment & fitting                        

Alpine Bushwalking                        

Cross country Skiing                        

Alpine Touring                                

Wilderness First Aid                        


You will learn theskills and have the knowledge for:

Guidingoutdoor recreation activities in an uncontrolled environment

A guide operating in anuncontrolled environment has the skills, knowledge and experience that enablethem to work independently within a variety of settings and contexts that maybe complex and non-routine.

Instructingoutdoor recreation skills

An instructor has theskills, knowledge and experience to facilitate skill transfer or development toclients in order that they may participate independently (or with minimalsupervision) in outdoor activities. This requires the instructor to be able to:

·          transfer required technical skills and knowledge to participants

·          apply a variety of appropriate instructionalstrategies

·          critique participants technique

·          assess participants skill and knowledgeacquisition during and at the end of a program

In all cases those withthis qualification would be managing expected and unexpected situations withconsiderable autonomy. Leadership, guidance and supervision are involved whenorganising activities of self and others, as well as contributing to technicalsolutions of a non-routine or contingency nature.


SIS40619Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership The qualification is taken from the SIS10- Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package and is recognized nationwide


Please Note- thisis not an entry level course. Candidates must have already completed a Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation or be able to demonstrate equivalentindustry experience to be eligible to undertake the course.

Examples of sufficientrelevant skills and knowledge for entry into the qualification must include:

-      Previous qualification at the AQF level below or

-      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

You will also beexposed to cliff environments and be required to undertake a range of bushwalksand ski touring in difficult and advanced terrain. You will be required tocarry backpacks with equipment weighing up to 25kg. You are required to campand sleep outdoor in tents in cold environments for most of the course. It isdesirable that participants have the physical attributes to participate inadventurous physical activities.  

Do I need previous ski experience?

It is perferrable however we provide ski skills development before and during the course

Program Content

 27 units must becompleted: (12 core units & 15 elective units)

Core units

Unit Number           Unit Name

HLTWHS003       Maintainwork health and safety

PUAOPE013        Operate communications systems and equipment

SISOFLD002*     Minimise environmental impact

SISOPLN001       Finalise operation of outdoor recreation activities

SISOPLN002       Plan outdoor activity sessions

SISOPLN004*     Identify hazards, assess and control risksfor outdoor recreation activities

SISOPLN005*     Interpret weather and environmentalconditions for outdoor recreation activities

SISORSC001       Conduct search and rescue

SISXCAI006        Facilitate groups

SISXCCS003       Address client needs

SISXEMR002^^  Coordinate emergency responses

SISXFAC001       Maintain equipment for activities


Elective Units

SISOBWG003*   Bushwalkin extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments

SISOBWG004     Crossrivers during bushwalks

SISOBWG006     Leadbushwalks in difficult tracked environments

SISOBWG007*   Leadbushwalks in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments

SISOFLD008*     Navigatein extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments

SISOSKT001       Skion easy cross country terrain

SISOSKT002*     Ski on intermediate cross country terrain

SISOSKT003       Usesnow craft skills for alpine touring

SISOSKT004        Lead skiingactivities on easy cross country terrain

SISOSKT005*     Leadskiing activities on intermediate cross country terrain

HLTAID003^^     Providefirst aid

SISOFLD003       Select,set up and operate a temporary or overnight site

SISOFLD004^^    Provide first aid in remote locations

SISXEMR001       Respond to emergency situations

SITPPD002          Developinterpretive activities

 .* units will also achieve Skill Set  

SISSS00120 - Alpine Activities Leade  

Alpine  Activities Leader 

^^ units will also achieve Skill Set

SISSS00126 - Wilderness First Ai    

Wilderness  First Aid


The fee willdetermined by the Smart and Skilled Calculator.

(if you areon a Centrelink benefit – please contact us on 02 47222471)

You will beprovided with an invoice and payment plan options after a commitment ID has been created through Smart and Skilled

Check youreligibility - Are you:

· 15 years oldor over?

· no longer atschool?

· living orworking in NSW?

· an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder orNew Zealand citizen?

· PreviousCIII Outdoor Recreation or equivalent?

If you answered ‘Yes'to all questions, then you're eligible to enrol in this government subsidisedcourse.


The approximate fees for the course looklike this.


Student on Centrelink benefit             $240

Student not on Centrelink benefit       $1500

Equipment fee                                     $1000

(equipment fee includes hire of skis, boots,poles, snow shoes, oversnow transport, 3 day lift ticket, camping fees, othertransport to and from Perisher, lift ticket Thredbo)

(note – this fee is fixed and there are nodeductions)

So for example if your on a centrelinkbenefit the total fee you pay to us will be $1240

We will provide more information regardingthis at the session on 1 May.

We also have the following available for loan Satellite communications; PLB, GPS, handheld radios

·        Snow shovels

·        Repair kit (ski repair kit)

·        Group First aid kit

·        Avalanche probes andBeacon


·        Your will be required to arrange your owntransport into the National Park (Annual Pass about $240)

·        Ski clothing and relatedcamping equipment (see attached list)

·        Food and snacks forduration of program

·        Own or shared transport toand from training sites

·        Fees for late return ordamage of rental gear


Yes we require a $500 deposit upon enrolment


Fee paying students are eligible for refunds in if they withdraw prior to commencement in the course.


In order to gain thisqualification you may be required to gain additional experiencein an outdoor recreation setting. The volume of work experience will depend onyour previous experience and qualifications.. If work experience is required wewill assist you find providers that are willing to accept students on workplacement


Priorto work placement you will be required to apply for a working with childrencheck. More information regarding this will be supplied at the informationsession.


Complete the enrolmentform online which can be found at  For any questions about enrolment pleasecontact the office on 02 47222471 or email for moreinformation


Do you already have aqualification, statement of attainment for units completed at anotherregistered training organization? National recognition is about recognizingthem.

Any requests forrecognition of prior learning will be considered by 5 Star Training &Consulting. Please contact the office on 02 47222471 or email or speakwith your instructor for more information.        


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



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



Thefollowing are indicative job roles for this qualification:

·            alpine guide

·            outdoor instructor.


We can provide assistance for you to help you. If feel as though you may needhelp with your studies please contact administration on 02 47222471 or info@5startraining prior to starting the course.


Please refer to the preenrolment information for new students for detailed information. This can befound at


There are variousvenues for this course which is predominantly based in the Blue MountainsNational Park and Kosciuszko National Park


That students have NSW Ambulance Insurance (about $50 per year through HCF)



You will be required toprovide the following for your training

q  Jacket withhood (wind & waterproof, Gortex or similar)

q  Overpants(wind & waterproof, full side zips recommended)

q  Underwear

q  Ski/Hiking Socks (2 pairs)

q  Polypropylene/woolen long johns

q  Polypropylene/woolenThermal top x 2 (long sleeved, zip neck recommended)

q  Mid wearpants (windstopper, fleece, nylon, lycra, kinetex)

q  Mid wear top (polar fleece 100 weight) or wool shirt

q  Down jacket

q  Sunhat /cap

q  Fleece/woolhat and neck muff or balaclava

q  Polypropylene liner gloves

q  Gloves wool or synthetic

q  Mountain /ski gloves or mitts (wind & waterproof)

q  Bivi boots (optional)

q  Pack (largeinternal frame model approx 60 -75 litres capacity)

q  Sleeping bag(down or synthetic, 4 season/snow)

q  Sleeping mat(closed cell foam and/or self inflating mat)

q  Water Capacity minimum 2 litres

q  Stove and pots

q  Eatingutensils (Bowl, mug and knife, fork and spoon)

q  Headlamp(with spare batteries)

q  Sunglasses (suitable for snow use)

q  Snow goggles

q  Sunscreenand lip salve (high protection rating)

q  Compass & map case

q  Notebook and pen

q  Whistle

q  Multi tool or pocket knife

q  Personalfirst aid kit include blister tape and any personal medication required

q  Personalrepair kit; tent and sleeping mat repair

q  PersonalToiletries (toothbrush, etc)

q  Toiletingsystem eg. Poo tube/bag, and paper bags to fit, toilet paper.

q  Sit mat – small closedcell foam mat for sitting on snow.

q  3-4 Season tent and snow pegs

Priorto purchasing any equipment please check with your instructor


T. 02 47222471


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Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership–  Alpine Guide - Proposed Timetable – Version  Feb 2021

**Very  important** If you do not attend the theory and planning session on 1 May you will be required to comple this via a zoom meeting with one of our staff.

1 May – 17 July

Personal  preparation, theory assignments, menu and equipment planning, fitness  program.

++Wilderness  First Aid – book into any course running in this period.

++++ We  will run a basic ski bridging course 17 – 18 July for those without a skiing  background

18 July - 24 July

1pm Rhythm Sports Cooma  – Equipment fitting session *

Bushwalk Prep -

Education Centre Sawpit Creek*

Bushwalk Prep -

Education Centre Sawpit Creek*

Snow Shoe Walk – Main  Range

Snow Shoe Walk

Snow Shoe Walk

Snow Shoe Walk*

25 July Prep day*

26 July - 31 July Alpine  Touring Ski Skills**

1 August - Prep day

2 - 7 August  XC Ski  Expedition

WFA – a three day  upgrade/recert or five day first timer wilderness first aid course– book your  course contact  

*indicates overnight camping at Kosciuszko  Tourist Park Sawpit Creek

** indicates base camp near Charlette Pass


           ***Subject to change***