Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership



This qualification reflects the role of skilled outdoor recreation leaders who lead and supervise dependent participants in recreational activities according to pre-determined activity plans, adjusting as required to suit conditions and participant abilities.

Leaders are skilled in recreational activity techniques and have well-developed leadership skills to manage group participation, cohesion, operational logistics, risk and problems as they arise. Using discretion and judgement, they work with some independence and under limited supervision using clearly defined plans, policies and procedures to guide work activities.

This qualification reflects the role of leaders who can work in a range of settings including indoor centres and outdoor adventure learning centres and camps, or relatively close to base in the field with access to reliable communication systems and assistance from medical and emergency services. It provides a pathway to work for any type of organisation that delivers outdoor recreation activities including commercial, not-for-profit and government organisations.


Delivered over 6 – 12 months*


Combination of:
Classroom theory sessions – Paramount Adventure Centre training room or school
Practical training sessions & assessments – various outdoor locations, Gold Coast
Self-paced online training & exams


22 units total = 9 x Core 13 x Elective unit

* 9 x Core units are compulsory
*13 x Elective units can be selected from various activity unit clusters
Eg: Surfing, Stand up paddling, Climbing, Abseiling, Kayaking, Bushwalking
* Packaging rules apply

Upcoming Programs

Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership – 2024