Cert IV in Outdoor Leadership


Certificate IV


Blended classroom, workplace and outdoor activities


6 months - 2 Years Self Paced


$7,700 - $9,900 (depending on specialisation)

Are you ready to take your passion for the outdoors to the next level?

Our fast-paced Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership offers a dynamic and immersive training experience designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to lead in diverse outdoor environments. Our blended learning approach combines eLearning with intensive, hands-on training blocks, ensuring you gain practical expertise and real-world experience, in a flexible way.

Our training stands out by preparing you to be an outdoor leader with a high degree of skill and experience, suitable for leading trips in remote and challenging areas. This program provides the training and experience needed to equip you with both the technical and interpersonal skills essential for leading extended journey- based expeditions safely and effectively.

The first section of our program focuses on building core foundational skills essential for every outdoor leader. This includes basic navigation, safety protocols, and team management.

All our students progress to learn critical wilderness first aid techniques and expedition leading skills, preparing you to
handle emergencies and effectively manage groups in isolated environments. After mastering the foundational and leadership skills, you can choose to specialise in areas such as paddling, or rock climbing. Each pathway offers intensive training, further enhancing your expertise and employability.

About the Qualification

This qualification reflects the role of leaders who can work at or close to a base of operations, but often work in remote areas distant from support. Communication systems may be unreliable and assistance from medical and emergency services may not be readily available. They are expected to make high-level independent judgements about logistical, technical, safety and emergency response issues.

This qualification provides a pathway to work for any type of organisation that delivers outdoor recreation activities including commercial, not-for-profit and government organisations. The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards, and industry codes of practice.

The price of the course is based on the specialisation selected. For the Facilitation/Paddle Guide the total course cost is $7,700 (GST Free). For the Climb and Abseil Guide, the full course is $9,900 (GST Free).

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Learning Plan

The Learning objectives of the CERT IV in outdoor leadership are:

  • Outdoor Leadership
  • Expedition Management
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Planning & Logistics
  • Risk & Safety
  • Teamwork & Motivation
  • Sustainability
  • Emergency Response
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Technical Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills

To achieve the CERT IV in Outdoor Leadership, students must complete a series of core units followed by specialisations in their chosen discipline. Our program offers a flexible, blended learning approach, allowing you to start anytime.

Core Skills Module:

  • Begin with our online core skills module, providing the foundational knowledge needed for all specialisations. This module is self-paced, allowing you to start at any time and progress at your own speed.


  • After completing the core skills module, choose from various specialisations tailored to your interests. These are offered multiple times throughout the year, giving you the flexibility to select dates that suit your schedule.

Benefits to delivery:

  • Flexible Start: Begin the course at any time with our online core skills module.
  • Blended Learning: Combine online theory with practical, hands-on specialisations.
  • Self-Paced: Progress through the skills modules and specialisations at your own speed.
  • Multiple Dates: Choose from different dates for your practical specialisations enabling you flexibility over intensity and duration.

Once you have completed the Core Skills, you can complete the other specialisations in any sequence to earn your certification. Embrace the freedom to learn at your pace and on your schedule, ensuring you gain the skills needed to excel in outdoor leadership.

Progression through the Certificate IV in outdoor leadership through the Klepper Training Academy

Expedition Leader:

All students will complete the expedition leader specialisation. This training block will develop the advanced leadership and expedition planning skills required to lead extended outdoor trips.

This phase culminates in a challenging expedition, providing practical application of your skills. You will then be required to select one of the below pathways for continuation.

Facilitation expert and Paddle Guide ($7,700):

Master the art of group facilitation, communication, leadership styles, group dynamics, debriefing and other soft skills essential for effective outdoor leadership.

Develop your paddling skills in both canoeing and kayaking on grade 1 waters. Covering techniques, safety protocols and trip planning. 

This specialisation will provide the student all core units of competency as well as the following clusters:

1. Group D – Bushwalking, extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments.

2. Group G – Challenge Course, low elements.

3. Group L – Canoeing, moving water.

Climb and Abseil Guide ($9,900):

Learn the technical skills and safety procedures necessary for rock climbing and abseiling. This includes Vertical rescue techniques, rescue procedures and management in complex environments.

This specialisation will provide the student all core units of competency as well as the following clusters:

1. Group D – Bushwalking, extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments.

2. Group A – Abseiling, natural surfaces, single pitch.

3. Group I – Climbing, natural surfaces, top rope.

Units of Competency awarded

Below is the list of the units of competency. All students will complete the core units, the wilderness first aid and the expedition leader units.

Depending on specialisation selected, you will then either complete the Facilitation and Paddle guide, or the climbing/abseiling guide additional units. 

Unit Code Unit Code Core / Elective Group
Maintain work health and safety
Core Unit
Operate communications systems and equipment
Core Unit
Minimise environmental impact
Core Unit
Finalise operation of outdoor recreation activities
Core Unit
Plan outdoor activity sessions
Core Unit
Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities
Core Unit
Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities
Core Unit
Facilitate groups
Core Unit
Address client needs
Core Unit
Maintain equipment for activities
Core Unit
Coordinate Emergency Responses
Wilderness First Aid
Provide First Aid
Wilderness First Aid
Provide First Aid in remote locations
Wilderness First Aid
Conduct search and rescue
Wilderness First Aid
Bushwalk in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments
Expedition Leader
Cross rivers during bushwalks
Expedition Leader
Lead bushwalks in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments
Expedition Leader
Navigate in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments
Expedition Leader
Select, set up and operate a temporary or overnight site
Expedition Leader
Work as a guide
Expedition Leader
Facilitate adventure-based learning activities
Expedition Leader
Navigate in tracked environments
Expedition Leader
Lead challenge course sessions, low elements
Facilitation Guru
Set up and supervise challenge course sessions, low elements
Facilitation Guru
Paddle a canoe on inland flatwater
Paddle Guide
Paddle a canoe on moving water up to grade 1 rivers
Paddle Guide
Lead canoeing activities on inland flatwater
Paddle Guide
Perform basic water rescues
Paddle Guide
Lead canoeing activities on moving water up to grade 1 rivers
Paddle Guide
Abseil single pitches, natural surfaces
Climb / Abseil Guide
Establish ropes for single pitch abseiling on natural surfaces
Climb / Abseil Guide
Lead single pitch abseiling activities on natural surfaces
Climb / Abseil Guide
Top rope climb single pitches, natural surfaces
Climb / Abseil Guide
Establish belays for single pitch climbing on natural surfaces
Climb / Abseil Guide
Lead single pitch climbing activities on natural surfaces, top rope climbing
Climb / Abseil Guide
Perform vertical rescues
Climb / Abseil Guide

Additional Specialisations

In addition to the pathways above, there are other specialisations that may be available. The below specialisations can be discussed based on interest, previous experience or, for groups.

If the below specialisations interest you and you want to chat to one of our training experts, reach out hello@klepper.edu.au. 

  • Caving
  • Canyoning
  • Abseilng
  • Bushwalking
  • Canoeing
  • Cycle Touring
  • Four-wheel-driving
  • Horse Trail Riding
  • Horse Handling
  • Horse Care
  • Kayaking
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • SCUBA diving
  • Ski Touring
  • Surfing
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • General Electives

Upcoming Courses

Name Course Start Date Course End Date Cost
Certificate IV Outdoor Leadership - Facilitation/Paddle 31/07/2024 31/12/2025 $7,700.00
Certificate IV Outdoor Leadership - Roping/Climbing 31/07/2024 31/12/2025 $9,900.00
Cert IV - Outdoor Leadership - ADF UATL Accelerated Learner and RPL Package $1,499.00

Lead Trainer

Mr Hayden Goldstraw

With a background in leading outdoor activities internationally, coupled with a Bachelor of Education, Hayden is an industry leading Outdoor trainer and facilitator. Hayden has spent over a decade in the outdoor community leading small and large groups through both simple and complex activitites domestically, and abroad. Students will benefit from Haydens teaching style, approachability, and experience.


What roles can I get with completion of this course?

Possible roles include:

  • Outdoor activity leader
  • Outdoor instructor
  • Outdoor guide
  • Adventure Tourism Manager
  • Operations manager
  • Outdoor education director
  • Outdoor activity assistant
  • Outdoor recreation manager

Can I apply for credit transfer or RPL?

If you have completed an accredited qualification or recognised units of study with a Registered Training Organisation, you may be eligible for a credit transfer.

Trainers will need to review if your accredited qualification or recognised units are still within a current training package or are equivalent to the current training package or units. Discuss your previous educational qualifications with your trainer to see if this is a possibility for you.

Can I apply for recognition of prior learning?

RPL is available to any learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered within the qualification. Please contact us for more information on this process and how to apply.

What are the entry requirements for the course?

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. However to ensure readiness for this course, we suggest that you possess:

  • Sufficient physical fitness for engaging in outdoor recreational activities, including bushwalking and canoeing.
  • The capability to administer First Aid, including performing CPR while in a kneeling position.
  • Effective time management skills.
  • Prior experience with computers, along with access to the internet and a computer or a mobile device.

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