Diploma of Outdoor Leadership






2 years


$11,000 - $15,000 depending on electives

Units of Competency

This qualification involves recreational program planning, implementation and evaluation, facility and equipment management, and the leadership of personnel.

Unit Code Unit of Competency

Core Units:

Manage work health and safety
Operate communications systems and equipment
Plan outdoor activity sessions
Develop outdoor recreation programs
Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities
Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities
Plan for minimal environmental impact
Manage risk for outdoor programs
Facilitate groups
Coordinate client service activities
Coordinate emergency responses
Coordinate work teams or groups
Manage legal compliance in sport and recreation

Elective Units: Selected after extensive consultation with industry experts and lead trainer

Upcoming Courses

There are currently no available openings for this course.


Embark on a transformative journey with our Diploma of Outdoor Leadership, designed to empower individuals seeking to enhance their skills or transition into a fulfilling career in outdoor leadership. This comprehensive program offers a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experiences to mold you into a competent outdoor leader.

Key Features

Rigorous Curriculum

Our curriculum is meticulously crafted to cover a wide array of outdoor leadership essentials. From navigation and survival skills to effective communication and risk management, we ensure a holistic approach that prepares you for the challenges of leading in diverse outdoor environments.

Flexibility - Online/In-Person

Choose your learning path with the flexibility of online and in-person courses. Whether you prefer the convenience of virtual classrooms or the hands-on experience of on-site learning, our program caters to your needs, ensuring you can balance education with your busy lifestyle.

Industry-Relevant Certification

Upon completion, you’ll earn a recognised certification, setting you apart in the competitive field of outdoor leadership. Our certification is a testament to your expertise and commitment to excellence, opening doors to various opportunities in the adventure industry.

Course Highlights

Immersive Outdoor Expeditions

Immerse yourself in real-world scenarios through our outdoor expeditions. Apply theoretical knowledge in practical settings, honing your decision-making skills and boosting your confidence to lead groups in challenging outdoor environments.

Leadership Development

Nurture your leadership skills with our dedicated leadership development modules. Learn to inspire and motivate your team, make effective decisions under pressure, and adapt to dynamic outdoor situations.

Advanced Technical Training

Master the technical aspects of outdoor leadership with advanced training in equipment use, first aid, and outdoor survival. Gain the expertise needed to handle emergencies and create a safe, enriching experience for your outdoor adventure enthusiasts.

Expert Guidance

Our experienced faculty comprises seasoned outdoor professionals with years of expertise in leadership, adventure education and emergency management. Benefit from their wealth of knowledge, practical insights, and personalised guidance as you navigate through the challenges and triumphs of your outdoor leadership journey.

Enrolment & Support

Hassle-Free Enrolment Process

Our straightforward enrolment process ensures you can kickstart your adventure career without unnecessary delays. Join our community of passionate outdoor enthusiasts and aspiring leaders.

Ongoing Support System

We understand that your journey doesn’t end with graduation. Our support system extends beyond the classroom, offering resources, networking opportunities, and continuous guidance to help you thrive in your outdoor leadership career.

Lead By Example With Klepper

Elevate your outdoor leadership journey with a programme that not only imparts knowledge but also instils values of responsibility, resilience, and teamwork. Lead by example and inspire others to embrace the transformative power of outdoor experiences.

Klepper’s Diploma of Outdoor Leadership is your gateway to a rewarding career in adventure leadership. Embrace the challenge, hone your skills, and become a beacon of inspiration in the dynamic world of outdoor leadership.

Ready to embark on your adventure? Enrol today and carve your path as a confident and capable outdoor leader.

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 Educator/Instructor
  • Outdoor Program Manager
  • Adventure and Outdoor Education Consultant
  • Wilderness Expedition Leader

Can I apply for credit transfer?

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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