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


Practical Instructional sessions

Equipment & fitting                         1 September – 2pm (Rhythm Sports Cooma)

Trip Planning                                   2 – 3 September – NPWS Sawpit Creek Education Centre

Snow Shoe Expedition                    4 – 7 September

Change Over day                            8 September – Rhythm Sports Cooma

Alpine Touring Skills                        9 – 12 September

Alpine Touring Day Tour                 13 September

Change Over day                            14 September

Cross Country Skills                        15 September

Expedition                                       16 – 20 September

Final Assessment                            21 September

Wilderness First Aid                        Please enroll for a Wilderness First Aid course at


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.


SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation. The qualification is taken from the SIS10 – Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package (Release 3.0) and is recognized nationwide


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.

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)

SISOSKT407A         Overnight ski tour in difficult terrain using advanced ski touring skills (30)

SISOSKT408A         Apply snow craft skills for overnight touring (20)

SISOSKT409A         Apply intermediate cross country skiing skills (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)

SISOSKI404A          Alpine ski downhill off-piste (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



The fee will be $2750, your fee may be less depending on your individual circumstances.

(if you  are on a Centrelink benefit – please contact  us on 02 47222471)

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.

Whats 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)
  • Day ski lift passes
  • 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 (see attached list)
  • Food and snacks for duration of program


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


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  For any questions about enrolment please contact the office on 02 47222471 or email for more information.

***Payment (or commencement of payment plant) and completion of Assessment 1 are requirements to secure your enrollment***


Do you already have a qualification, statement of attainment for units completed at another registered training organization? National recognition is about recognizing them.

Any requests for recognition of prior learning will be considered by 5 Star Training & Consulting. Please contact the office on 02 47222471 or email or speak with your instructor for more information.


There are no early exit points for this course of study.

RESOURCESStudents 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 Language, Literacy and Numeracy. If feel as though you may need help with your studies please contact administration on 02 47222471 or info@5startraining prior to starting the course.


Please refer to the pre enrolment information for new students for detailed information. This can be found


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 HCF)