SIS40621 - Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership (Release 1)

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

SIS40621 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

Alpine Bushwalking and Ski Touring


This course is for people working in or wanting to work in the Ski Guiding/Touring/Outdoor Education Industry.

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

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


The course is delivered over a period of 14 weeks (which includes preparation and theory – 10 weeks and a 28 day practical block.)


Information and enrolment followed by Planning and theory session Saturday 30 April 2022

For participants enrolling after 30 April 2022 there will be an individual zoom session to cover this content.

Preparation, planning & project    1 May – 11 July 2022 (online theory and planning project - no attendance 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

Field Repair

Snow craft

Avalanch search & rescue                  


You will learn the skills and have the knowledge for:

Guiding outdoor recreation activities in an uncontrolled environment

A guide operating in an uncontrolled environment has the skills, knowledge and experience that enable them to work independently within a variety of settings and contexts that may be complex and non-routine.

Instructing outdoor recreation skills

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

- Transfer required technical skills and knowledge to participants

- Apply a variety of appropriate instructional strategies

- Critique participants technique

- Assess participants skill and knowledge acquisition during and at the end of a program

- In all cases those with this qualification would be managing expected and unexpected situations with considerable autonomy. Leadership, guidance and supervision are involved when organising activities of self and others, as well as contributing to technical solutions of a non-routine or contingency nature.


SIS40621 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership. The qualification is taken from the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package and is recognised nationwide


Please Note- this is not an entry level course. Candidates must have already completed a Certificate III qualification or higher in Outdoor Recreation or be able to demonstrate equivalent industry experience to be eligible to undertake the course.

Examples of sufficient relevant 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

All applicants are required to provide copies of previous qualifications and a current CV to us before your place on the course is confirmed.

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 be exposed to alpine and cold environments and be required to undertake a range of bushwalks and ski touring in difficult and advanced terrain. You will be required to carry backpacks with equipment weighing up to 25kg. You are required to camp and sleep outdoor in tents in cold environments for most of the course. It is desirable that participants have the physical attributes to participate in adventurous physical activities.  

Successful participants will need physical capacity as well as the skills to work in small groups undertaking leadership and fellowship roles and to show physical robustness, emotional resilience and teamwork in challenging learning environments.

How will you be assessed?

Assessments and learning will involve guiding assignments, following and preparing plans for activity sessions, demonstration of required skills in ski touring, bushwalking in alpine environments, navigation in difficult terrain and poor visibility, snow craft, conducting search & rescue using avalanche transceivers and maintaining learning journals/guiding small group logs. You will be required to complete online theory assignments prior to the practical component of the course.

This will be discussed further during the information sessions.

Do I need previous ski experience?

No, we will provide ski training as part of this course.

What if I do not meet the required standard during the practical block?

Further opportunities to receive instruction, practice and demonstrate the skills will be made available following the advertised block training. Further details will be explained at the information session.


As you are required to have previous Outdoor Recreation qualifications and or experience it is likely you will be eligible for recognition of prior learning or credit transfer in this course.

All applications are required to provide copies of previous qualification and a current CV to 5 Star Training & Consulting before your place on the course is confirmed.

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 instructor for more information.

Program Content

27 units must be completed: (12 core units & 15 elective units)

Core units

Unit Number           Unit Name

HLTWHS003       Maintain work 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 risks for outdoor recreation activities

SISOPLN005*     Interpret weather and environmental conditions 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*   Bushwalk in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments

SISOBWG004     Cross rivers during bushwalks

SISOBWG006     Lead bushwalks in difficult tracked environments

SISOBWG007*   Lead bushwalks in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments

SISOFLD007     Navigate in difficult tracked environments

SISOFLD008*     Navigate in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments

SISOSKT001       Ski on easy cross country terrain

SISOSKT002*     Ski on intermediate cross country terrain

SISOSKT003      Use snow craft skills for alpine touring

SISOSKT004      Lead skiing activities on easy cross country terrain

SISOSKT005*    Lead skiing activities on intermediate cross country terrain

HLTAID011^^     Provide first aid

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

SISOFLD004^^   Provide first aid in remote locations

SISXEMR001      Respond to emergency situations

 .* units will also achieve Skill Set  

SISSS00120 - Alpine Activities Leader  

Alpine  Activities Leader 

^^ units will also achieve Skill Set

SISSS00126 - Wilderness First Aid    

Wilderness  First Aid


The fee will determined by the Smart and Skilled Calculator.

(if you are on a Centrelink benefit – please contact us on 02 4722 2471)

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

Check your eligibility - Are you:

· 15 years old or over?

· no longer at school?

· living or working in NSW?

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

· Previous CIII Outdoor Recreation or equivalent?

If you are eligible the maximum fee will be $2700

In addition to this you will be required to pay an equipment fee.

Equipment fee                                                        $1200

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

(Note this fee is fixed and there are no deductions)

So for example if you are on a Centrelink benefit the total fee you pay to us will be $1440

We will provide more information regarding this at the information session on Saturday 30 April 2022.

We also have the following available for loan

·        Snow shovels

·        Repair kit (ski repair kit)

·        Group First aid kit

·        Avalanche probes and Beacon


·        You will be required to arrange your own transport into the National Park (Annual Pass about $240)

You will require a smart phone running android or IOS recent operating system

All participants require a paid subscription to Gaia GPS (navigation app) approx. cost $60

·        Ski clothing and related camping equipment (see attached list)

·        Food and snacks for duration of program

·        Own or shared transport to and from training sites

·        Fees for late return or damage of rental gear


Yes we require a $500 deposit upon enrolment


Fee paying students are eligible for refunds in certain cases. For more details, refer to


In order to gain this qualification you may be required to gain additional experience in an outdoor recreation setting. The volume of work experience will depend on your previous experience and qualifications. If work experience is required we will assist you find providers that are willing to accept students on work placement. Additional exposure to leading activities in the Alpine environment are available on subsequent courses that are being delivered by 5 Star Training & Consulting.


Prior to work placement you will be required to apply for a working with children check. More information regarding this will be supplied at the information session.


Complete the enrolment form online which can be found at  For any questions about enrolment please contact the office on 02 47222471 or email 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:

·            alpine guide

·            outdoor instructor


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


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 and Kosciuszko National Park


That students have NSW Ambulance Insurance (about $50 per year through private health insurers)



You will be required to provide the following for your training;

q  Jacket with hood (wind & waterproof, Gor-tex or similar)

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

q  Underwear

q  Ski/Hiking Socks (2 pairs)

q  Polypropylene/woolen thermal long johns

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

q  Mid weight pants (windstopper, fleece, nylon, lycra)

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

q  Down jacket

q  Sunhat /cap

q  Fleece/wool hat and neck buff 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 (large internal 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  Eating utensils (Bowl, mug and knife, fork and spoon)

q  Headlamp(with spare batteries)

q  Sunglasses (rated for snow use)

q  Snow goggles

q  Sunscreen and lip salve (high protection rating)

q  Compass & map case

q  Notebook and pen

q  Whistle

q  Multi tool or pocket knife

q  Personal first aid kit include blister tape and any personal medication required

q  Personal repair kit; tent and sleeping mat repair

q  Personal toiletries (toothbrush, etc)

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

q  Sit mat – small closed cell foam mat for sitting on snow.

q  4 Season tent and snow pegs

Prior to purchasing any equipment please check with your instructor


T. 02 47222471


RTO  ID91664

2022 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership –  Alpine Guide - Proposed Timetable – Version  Nov 2021

**Very  important** If you do not attend the theory and planning session on 30 April you will be required to complete this via a zoom meeting with one of our staff.


1 May – 11 July

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

++Wilderness  First Aid – We will run a WFA course in Jindabyne from 7 - 9 July, or book into any course running in this period.

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***