Cert IV in Outdoor Leadership


Certificate IV


Blended classroom and workplace


1-2 Years


$8000 - $17,000 (depending on electives)

Qualification Description

Are you done with the corporate life, and are looking for a green change? Have you always felt drawn to the outdoors and a career out of the office? If so, this may be the qualification for you!

The Certificate IV in outdoor leadership will teach the aspiring outdoor leader the techniques and procedures required to plan, prepare for, and conduct outdoor activities. This includes activity plans, risk assessments, health support plans, operational logistics, and implementing relevant policies and procedures. The course will also expose the student to the skills for managing group participation, encouraging effort, and issue management.

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.

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

Learning Plan

To be awarded the CERT IV in Outdoor Leadership, the aspiring student must complete a series of core units, as well as specialisations.

Below is the list of core units of competency. Regardless of specialisation selected, all students will complete these subjects. It is likely that these subjects will be completed in cohorts with other students prior to separating into specific disciplines. In addition to these 12 core units, 15 elective units will need to be completed. This must include two full specialisations (See the next section).

Unit Code Unit of Competency
Maintain work health and safety
Operate communications systems and equipment
Minimise environmental impact
Finalise operation of outdoor recreation activities
Plan outdoor activity sessions
Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities
Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities
Conduct search and rescue
Facilitate groups
Address client needs
Maintain equipment for activities


In addition to the core units (above), the prospective student must select two of the following to complete the qualification. These specialisations are delivered in house at Klepper, or occasionally with third party providers. The specialisations are:

  • 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
Cert IV - Outdoor Leadership - ADF UATL Accelerated Learner and RPL Package - Roping, Climbing, Canyon & White Water 05/10/2023 03/10/2024 $1,650.00
Cert IV - Outdoor Leadership - ADF UATL Accelerated Learner and RPL Package - Roping, Climbing, Canyon & White Water - V2 05/10/2023 03/10/2024 $1,650.00
Cert IV - Outdoor Leadership - ADF UATL Accelerated Learner and RPL Package $1,650.00
Cert IV - Outdoor Leadership - ADF UATL Accelerated Learner and RPL Package - Roping & Sea Kayaking $1,650.00

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 Leader with adventure parks
  • School camp coordinator
  • Corporate events and activity leader

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.