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Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership


SIS40621 Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership
The Certificate II in Outdoor Leadership reflects the role of highly skilled outdoor recreation leaders who lead and supervise dependent participants in recreational activities according to activity plans, which they develop. These leaders are proficient in recreational activity techniques and have well-developed leadership skills to manage group participation, cohesion, operational logistics, risk and significant problems as they arise. While actions are limited by the parameters of plans, policies and procedures, they work with a considerable amount of autonomy.

This qualification reflects the role of leaders who can work at or close to base 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.

Typical Scouting Pathway
Experiences and learning received by Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts and adult supporters across Australia, aligns closely to the requirements of the Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership. Any member of Scouts Australia who has sufficient evidence can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). A typical pathway that enables collection of valid evidence is to have at least six (6) months Scouting experience and completed the relevant learning pathways;

  • Complete the Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership, plus any additional Statements of Attainment,
  • Appointment as an adventurous activities Guide in a minimum of two activity areas,
  • Complete Wood Badge training program – Scouting Leadership,
  • Complete the adventurous activities, Activities Specialist program.
  • Other learning will include:
    – In your role as an appointed Guide, provide support to the outdoor adventure skills part of the youth program,
    — Assist national training team members to conduct adventurous activities training for other adults will assist the development of both the participants and your own skills and knowledge.
  • Maintain an adventurous activities logbook as you participate in events and trips including participation in both Scouting and non-Scouting adventurous activities.

It is very important to record all of your outdoor adventures in your logbook for three (3) reasons:

  • A logbook is a key piece of evidence when completing outdoor qualifications.
  • Both Scouting and the broader outdoors industry rely on logbooks to demonstrate you are staying current in those activities.
  • From participation in Scouting and other trips you will often do far more adventurous activities than will be evident to your assessor if they are only looking at what you have recorded against either the youth program or adult training.

After completing your enrolment with the Scouts Australia Institute of Training (SAIT), a SAIT assessor will be assigned to you and they will assess your evidence. They may ask for further evidence or have a conversation with you to gather further information about your experiences. After successfully completing your Recognition of Prior Learning assessment, you will receive a Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership.

Structure of the Qualification
The Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership has a very large range of available electives. An example qualification gained by following the Scouting pathways of key achievements as an adult supporter may include the following units of competency:

  • PUAOPE013 Operate communications systems and equipment
  • SISOFLD002 Minimise environmental impact
  • SISOPLN001 Finalise operation of outdoor recreation activities
  • SISOPLN004 Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities
  • SISOPLN005 Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities
  • SISXFAC001 Maintain equipment for activities
  • SISXCAI006 Facilitate groups
  • SISOPLN002 Plan activity sessions
  • SISXCCS003 Address client needs
  • HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
  • SISXEMR002 Coordinate emergency responses
  • SISORSC001 Conduct search and rescue
  • ISOBWG002 Bushwalk in difficult tracked environments
  • SISOBWG004 Cross rivers during bushwalks
  • SISOBWG006 Lead bushwalks in difficult tracked environments
  • SISOFLD007 Navigate in difficult tracked environments
  • SISOCAY001 Traverse canyons
  • SISOCAY002 Abseil in easy to intermediate canyons
  • SISOCAY004 Establish ropes and belays for abseils in easy to intermediate canyons
  • SISOCAY006 Lead canyoning activities, easy to intermediate canyons
  • SISORSC002 Perform vertical rescues
  • SISOFLD006 Navigate in tracked environments
  • SISOKYK003 Paddle a kayak on grade 2 rivers
  • SISOKYK007 Lead kayaking activities on grade 2 rivers
  • SISORSC004 Self rescue in white water
  • SISORSC005 Rescue others in white water
  • SISCAQU002 Perform basic water rescues

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Assessment through SAIT is based on the provision of a portfolio of evidence and professional conversations may be used to attest to a competency or authenticate evidence provided. A portfolio of evidence may comprise of:

  • Scout Portfolio (Youth program achievements and adult training and experiences)
  • A verifiable, adventurous activity logbook
  • Completion of other Qualifications
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV/Resume) and third party referees
  • Evidence against specific criteria for each unit of competency