Certificate IV in Leisure and Health



Developed in collaboration with Richmond Football Club and Swinburne University of Technology, this certificate focuses on supporting student’s growth and career progression in the leisure and health industry.

This is an opportunity for students to formally upskill in a contextualised course relevant to aquatic, sport and Leisure business.

Self-development and management units are included to support emerging leaders, and as the year continues students will develop their ability to lead and deliver leisure and health activities, individual programming and community programs.

As a part of this course, students are required to complete a minimum of 5 hours of work within the leisure and health industry each week. 

Upon completion, you will be ready to work in aquatic, sport and leisure facilities in several different roles.

Regardless of your desired path into Leisure and Health, we’ll help you get there!

Course Feature


Certificate IV in Leisure and Health (CHC43415)


Online (2 hours per week) + 3 x Face-to-Face days


1 year February intake


To see the units of study,

Chelsea Vaughan

2023 Certificate IV Leisure and Health Graduate

Head of Facilities and Safety – Cardinia Life


“My most significant takeaway from the course was understanding the importance of making our centre’s more accessible for individuals with disabilities. I also found the exploration of emotional intelligence extremely beneficial. It greatly influenced my management style and improved my ability to work effectively with people possessing different personalities and strengths.”

Course Information

Personal Development

All students are inspired to thrive and unleash their full potential. Personal development is heavily focused on throughout the course. This allows students to better understand themselves whilst improving their mental fitness, resilience, and connection to others.

Professional Growth

The teaching staff work relentlessly with students to ensure they have the tools required to achieve professional growth. Assistance is provided to help students build their individual professional profile and stand out from the crowd.


Certificates & Qualifications
Students will undertake HLTAID011 Provide First Aid.

On successful completion of the course, students may be eligible to apply for a Mental Health First Aid Certificate.

Students may receive training in Pool Lifeguard and Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety qualifications to enable them to undertake further employment opportunities.

Guest Speakers
Guest speakers and industry experts are regularly used as part of the program to provide their insights and experience about the industry.

Teaching Excellence
The teaching team consists of highly skilled and experienced staff who use a variety of teaching styles and methods to engage students. Learning is varied and related to real-world and industry contexts.

Further Education
This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

Students who have successfully completed Certificate IV in Leisure and Health may be eligible to progress to a Swinburne (or other university) degree in a range of undergraduate courses such as:

  • Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership – Diploma of Sport/Diploma of Leadership and Management (SIS50321/BSB50420),
  • Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015)
  • Diploma of Nursing (HLT54121)
  • Diploma of Leisure and Health (CHC53415)

Further information regarding pathways can be found by visiting the Swinburne website.

Career & Employment Opportunities
This course provides graduates with the skills to work in the leisure and health industry.

The following are indicative job roles for this qualification:

  • Community Leisure Officer
  • Leisure & Lifestyle Coordinator
  • Aged Care Activities Officer
  • Recreation Activities Coordinator
  • Activities and Programs Coordinator

Graduate Skills

Graduates will develop skills and knowledge in designing, implementing, and evaluating leisure and health activities and programs for clients in one or more sectors. Students will also learn about safe work practices, managing stress, emotional intelligence and improving personal and professional practice which will assist in preparing them for employment or further study.

All applicants are required to complete a minimum of 5 hours of work within the leisure and health industry each week AND maintain a current Working with Children Check.


Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

FREE TAFE funding 

Students eligible for Victorian Government-subsidised training can access the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative to have their tuition fees covered when they study this course.

Expressions of interest and application process

Step 1: Register now.

Step 2: Richmond Institute staff will conduct phone interviews.

Step 3: Successful applicants will receive a letter of offer from Richmond Institute and will be guided through the Swinburne application.

Course Structure





Term 1

Personal & Professional Development

HLTAID011 – Provide first aid

HLTWHS002 – Follow safe work practices for direct client care

BSBPEF502 – Develop and use emotional intelligence

HLTWHS006 – Manage personal stressors in the work environment

Managing Personal & Professional Performance including:

BSBPEF301 – Organise personal work priorities

CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Term 2

Working in, and Programming for Leisure & Health

CHCLAH001 – Work effectively in the leisure and health industries

HLTAAP002 – Confirm physical health status

Leisure & Health Programming including:

CHCLAH003 – Participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of individual leisure and health programs

CHCLAH002 – Contribute to leisure and health programming

Leisure & Health Programming for Clients with Complex Needs including:

CHCLAH004 – Participate in planning leisure and health programs for clients with complex needs

CHCLAH005 – Incorporate lifespan development and sociological concepts into leisure and health programming


Term 3

Delivering Community Programs

Delivering Community Programs including:

CHCCDE003 – Work within a community development framework

CHCCDE002 – Develop and implement community programs

BSBLDR403 – Lead team effectiveness


Term 4

Communicating Effectively with Diverse People

Communicating Effectively with Diverse People

CHCCOM002 – Use communication to build relationships

CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

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