Certificate IV in Community Recreation

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in a range of activities and functions within the community recreation sector including working independently at a broad range of venues or environments such as leisure centres and pools, with a variety of different client groups. Individuals with this level of competency have the ability to plan, conduct and evaluate activities of others and to deal with unpredictable and non-routine situations and provide leadership and guidance to staff.

Job roles

The following are indicative job roles for this qualification:

duty manager

program coordinator

recreation coordinator

swim school coordinator.


19 units must be completed:

11 core units

8 elective units, which may be selected from the electives listed in this qualification or from SIS10 which are packaged at AQF level 3, 4 or 5; up to 3 of these units may be selected elsewhere in SIS10 or from any current accredited course or other Training Package, and must be first packaged at AQF level 4.

In all cases selection of electives must relate to the core function or role of the candidate's current or intended work environment, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).


add topic BSBWOR404B

Develop work priorities


Provide first aid

add topic ICAICT203A

Operate application software packages

add topic SIRXMGT001A

Coordinate work teams

add topic SISCCRD304A

Work with key stakeholders

add topic SISXCCS404A

Address client needs

add topic SISXEMR402A

Coordinate emergency responses

add topic SISXIND404A

Promote compliance with laws and legal principles

add topic SISXOHS402A

Implement and monitor occupational health and safety policies

add topic SISXRES402A

Support implementation of environmental management practices

add topic SISXRSK301A

Undertake risk analysis of activities



add topic SISCAQU201A

Monitor pool water quality

add topic SISCAQU202A

Perform basic water rescues

add topic SISCAQU303A

Operate aquatic facility plant and equipment

add topic SISCAQU304A

Maintain pool water quality

add topic SISCAQU305A

Implement aquatic facility plant and equipment maintenance program

add topic SISCAQU308A

Instruct water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills

add topic SISCAQU309A

Instruct clients in water safety and survival skills

add topic SISCAQU310A

Instruct swimming strokes

add topic SISCAQU311A

Foster the development of infants and toddlers in an aquatic environment

add topic SISCAQU312A

Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities


Perform advanced water rescues

add topic SISCAQU414A

Develop pool water maintenance procedures

add topic SISCAQU415A

Develop aquatic facility maintenance procedures

add topic SISCAQU416A

Coordinate lifeguard service at an aquatic facility

add topic SISCAQU417A

Operate self-contained breathing apparatus in an aquatic facility

Community Recreation Development

add topic SISCCRD301A

Facilitate community development through recreational activities

add topic SISCCRD302A

Recruit and manage volunteers

add topic SISCCRD303A

Facilitate inclusion for people with a disability

Community Recreation Operations

add topic SISCCRO302A

Apply legal and ethical instructional skills

add topic SISCCRO304A

Plan and conduct disability recreation programs


add topic SISXCAI304A

Plan and conduct sport and recreation programs

add topic SISXCCS402A

Coordinate client service activities

add topic SISXCCS403A

Determine needs of client populations

add topic SISXFAC404A

Coordinate facility and equipment acquisition and maintenance

add topic SISXIND403A

Analyse participation patterns

add topic SISXIND405A

Conduct projects

add topic SISXIND406A

Manage projects


add topic SISFFIT311A

Deliver approved community fitness programs

Sports Administration


Develop volunteer management policies


add topic BSBHRM401A

Review human resources functions

add topic BSBHRM402A

Recruit, select and induct staff

add topic BSBHRM501B

Manage human resources services

add topic BSBSMB407A

Manage a small team


Provide advanced first aid

add topic PSPROC414A

Manage contracts

add topic PUAEME003C

Administer oxygen in an emergency situation


    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of endorsement.

Employability Skills


The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the sport and recreation industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicating with stakeholders to determine their specific requirements; analysing written information on community recreation participation patterns; preparing accurate records or reports on activities undertaken; completing staff rosters; clarifying instructions to staff; negotiating acceptable solutions to client or staff requests and complaints.

Initiative and enterprise

Identifying and discussing a range of activity or program enhancements to improve client satisfaction and organisation or facility profitability; engaging colleagues in sharing work-place knowledge; actively engaging with community leaders to build relationships; reflecting on own work practices for improvement; monitoring activities and programs for emerging risks.


Identifying and accessing sources of research on community recreation; contributing to a learning environment through openly sharing knowledge and experiences; accessing internal and external professional development opportunities; updating knowledge and skills to accommodate changes in community recreation programming.

Planning and organising

Collecting, analysing and recording information to provide efficient planning for community recreation programs and activities; setting work priorities and scheduling staff daily work activities to meet deadlines; preparing program plans and coordinating recreation activities; implementing and monitoring occupational health and safety policies.


Identifying and mitigating hazards and risks related to sport and recreation activities and facilities; clarifying the extent of, and resolving problems through negotiating with clients in a sensitive and culturally appropriate manner; dealing with unpredictable and non-routine situations; planning, strategy and resource allocation to design activities to meet client needs; research into community needs.


Understanding the organisation, own role and operating within limits of authority; critically reviewing own strengths and weaknesses; actively seeking and reflecting on feedback on own performance; building industry and community networks to regularly update knowledge and skills.


Providing leadership to a team of workers; monitoring worker progress and providing assistance where necessary; recognising and adapting appropriately to cultural and language differences in the workplace and community; promoting compliance with legal obligations; acknowledging accountability to senior management and working collaboratively with other community recreation personnel and stakeholders.


Understanding and utilising the operating capability of computer systems and software for community recreation programming; using information technology to assist in communication and support management and planning functions.