Course Type:
Accredited Course; Traineeship; Free TAFE
Study Mode:
12 months
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments

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Course Overview

Want to move your career into the community service and health industry? We can help you do it with a Certificate IV in Leisure and Health (Traineeship).

You’ll learn to design, implement and evaluate leisure and health activities and programs across many sectors, including residential facilities, community agencies and day centres; all while gaining the knowledge and practical skills to work with people who have complex needs.

Not only that, by the end of this course, you’ll be able to plan and conduct exciting activities and learn to confirm the physical health status of the people you’re helping – sounds pretty rewarding to us.

Once you complete this course, you’ll have the skills to move into the industry, working in residential facilities and/or in community agencies and day centres, while completing specialised tasks and functions relating to leisure and health.

You might even find yourself working in the following areas:

  • Activities Officer
  • Community Leisure Officer
  • Disability Officer - day support
  • Diversional Therapy Assistant
  • Leisure Officer
  • Recreation Activities Officer

You’ll even be able to take your studies further and increase your employment opportunities by completing a Diploma of Leisure and Health or a Diploma of Nursing. We’ll be on hand to discuss all your options if that’s the path you choose – because making those decisions isn’t always easy!

Now is the perfect time to get started on a new career and TAFE Gippsland is the perfect environment to help you achieve your career goals, pursue your passions and help set you up for a very successful future.

Did you know: The Victorian Government has now made Free TAFE courses even more accessible for new students enrolling for study in 2023. All Free TAFE courses at TAFE Gippsland are now available to people with higher-level qualifications and those who have completed a previous Free TAFE course and are looking to continue in their selected training pathway. Conditions and eligibility rules apply. Check out our Free TAFE information page for further details.


Times are dependent on Trainee/Workplace

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in Leisure and Health (Traineeship).

Career Opportunities

Workers may be in residential facilities and/or in community agencies and day centres, completing specialised tasks and functions in relation to leisure and health including:

  • Activities officer
  • Community leisure officer
  • Disability officer - day support
  • Diversional therapy assistant
  • Leisure officer
  • Recreation activities officer

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Completed LLN assessment level required for a Certificate IV level
  • Provide Police Check in each year of placement (without disclosures)
  • Provide Working with Children’s Check (without disclosures)
  • Minimum age - 18
  • Flu vaccination in current year of placement
  • COVID vaccination - triple dose (From 17 September 2021, COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for all residential aged care workers)
  • Must be able to attend class 2 days per week as per the timetable (Face to Face x1 and online x1) unless under a traineeship model
  • Complete 120 hours placement as arranged by TAFE Gippsland (Traineeship completed in the workplace)
  • Prospective student to complete online application form

Recommended entry requirements

  • To be fit and able to move around on feet all day while physically supporting patients and clients while performing job duties.
  • Moderate computer skills required

Limitations to entry

  • Must be physically fit as the job role requires manual handling using industry equipment.

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information


Minimum of 120 hours of workplace learning during the traineeship
Placement is arranged by: Student

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCLAH001 Work effectively in the leisure and health industries
CHCLAH002 Contribute to leisure and health programming
CHCLAH003 Participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of individual leisure and health programs
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
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability


Assessments are undertaken in simulated situations, role plays in the workplace, in class and written assignments, online written responses and online quizzes, Practical Placement, Portfolios, Reflective activities (online)