SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation  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 the participants opportunities to develop their skiing, navigation, snow shoe, camp craft and survival skills in steep and difficult terrain.

The Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation 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 4 week practical block.)


Compulsory Information, enrolment and theory session: Saturday 4 April 2020 (attendance compulsory)

Preparation, planning & project: 5 April – 25 July 2020 (project – no attendance required)

Practical Instructional sessions

  • Equipment & fitting
  • Alpine Bushwalking
  • Cross country Skiing
  • Alpine Touring
  • Wilderness First Aid


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.


Please Note – this is not an entry level course. Candidates must have already completed a Certificate III 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

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 cliff 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.

Do I need previous ski experience?

Program Content

The training program covers 31 units of competency taken from the training package. There are 15 core units and 16 electives.

Core units

Unit Number           Unit Name (nominal hours)

BSBWOR404B        Develop work priorities (40)

HLTAID003             Provide first aid (18)

SISOODR302A        Plan outdoor recreation activities (35)

SISOODR404A        Manage risk in an outdoor activity (25)

SISOODR405A        Develop and coordinate programs incorporating outdoor activities (15)

SISOOPS306A        Interpret weather conditions in the field (20)

SISOOPS407A        Apply search and rescue skills (25)

SISXCCS404A         Address client needs (10)

SISXEMR201A        Respond to emergency situations (18)

SISXIND404A          Promote compliance with laws and legal principles (15)

SISXIND405A          Conduct projects (15)

SISXOHS402A        Implement and monitor occupational health and safety policies (12)

SISXRES402A         Supplement implementation of environmental management practice (10)

SISXRES403A         Use resources efficiently (12)

TAEDEL301A           Provide work skill instruction (40)

Elective Units

Group AY – Skiing – Ski Touring – Guide – Overnight

SISONAV403A        Navigate in uncontrolled environments (25)

SISOOPS202A        Use and maintain a temporary or overnight site (10)

SISOSKT408A         Apply snow craft skills for overnight touring (20)

SISOSKT410A         Guide overnight ski tours (30)

Group AW – Skiing – Downhill – Instruct

SISOSKI402A          Alpine ski downhill on intermediate terrain (20)

SISOSKI403A          Alpine ski downhill on advanced terrain (20)

SISOSKI405A          Alpine free ski on all terrain (20)

SISOSKI408A          Instruct alpine skiing skills (20)

General Electives

SISOBWG507A       Apply advanced bushwalking skills in alpine areas

SISOBWG406A       Apply bush walking skills in uncontrolled landscapes

SISOOPS305A        Provide first aid in a remote location

MEM50008B            Carry out trip preparation and planning

HLTAID001               Perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

SISOSKI404A          Alpine ski downhill off-piste

SISOSKT407A         Overnight ski tour in difficult terrain using advanced ski touring skills

SISOSKT409A         Apply intermediate cross country skiing skills

SISOSKT411A         Instruct Cross country skiing


The fee will be determined by the Smart and Skilled Calculator which will be approximately $2750, however your fee may be less depending on your individual circumstances.
(if you are on a Centrelink benefit – please contact us on 02 47222471)

Yes we require a $500 deposit upon enrolment

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 answered ‘Yes’ to all questions, then you’re eligible to enrol in this government-subsidised course.

What’s included in your course fees. (Provision of the following for duration of course)

  • All training and instruction in Alpine Guiding
  • Camp fees (as per timetable)
  • 4 Day ski lift pass
  • Snowshoes
  • Cross country Ski’s, Boots and Poles
  • Alpine Touring Ski’s, Boots, Poles and helmet
  • Satellite communications; PLB, GPS, handheld radios
  • Snow shovels
  • Repair kit (ski repair kit)
  • Group First aid kit
  • Avalanche probes and Beacon


  • Your will be required to arrange your own transport into the National Park (Annual Pass about $240)
  • Ski clothing and related camping equipment
  • Food and snacks for duration of program


In order to gain this qualification you will be required to gain additional experience in an outdoor recreation setting. The volume of work experience will depend on your previous experience and qualifications.. We assist you find providers that are willing to accept students on work placement


Prior to assessments and/or 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 HERE.

For any questions about enrolment please contact the office on 02 4722 2471 or email for more information