Certificate IV in Leisure and Health CHC43415

The Certificate IV in Leisure and Health is considered by most aged care, health, and community service providers as the minimum qualification required to deliver health improvement, leisure and activity, or diversional programs to people in aged care facilities, disability support programs, and community bases support programs.


Why Study at Skills Training Australia?:


Our certificate IV in Leisure and health courses have been endorsed by Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia (DTRA), meaning you will receive the most recognised qualification linked to the industry’s peak body, as part of the Certificate IV Leisure and Health course you will also receive a student membership to DTRA and access to their huge range of resources.


  • We have some of the best placement partnerships in Victoria

We have connections to some of the best aged care facilities in the country. When it comes time for the practical placement, if you can’t access it through your current employer, we will assist you in finding placement that’s the right fit for you.


  •  Our campus locations make studying near home easier

We have a long established campus in Knox and a new campus in the heart of Melbourne CBD, a short walk from Southern Cross Station and Flagstaff Station.


  • Our fees are highly competitive for comparable quality courses

For Certificate IV in Leisure and Health we offer fee-for-service places and Victorian Government subsidied places through the Skills First Program for eligible Victorian students (places are limited). Please speak to one of our Business Development Team Members for more information.


  • Regular course Intakes are available throughout the year

We offer regular course intakes throughout the year. All of our training courses are delivered during school terms to accommodate all lifestyles.


  • Our staff are passionate about Leisure and Health

All of our trainers are currently working in the Lesiure and industry. This ensures that we are always up to date with current practice and procedure. You will be safe knowing that you are receiving the best and most relevant education possible in the health care field.


  • Our modern campuses are designed around our students

We focus on your success while you study with us, providing comfortable, uncrowded training spaces, and dedicated assistance during your course.


There are no qualification or educational prerequisites to gain entry into the Certificate IV in Leisure and Health qualification. 

Pre-Training Review

Skills Training Australia will conduct a review of your current competencies, including literacy and numeracy skills, in order to ensure this is the most appropriate qualification to achieve your intended outcomes.

Is this course right for you?

We encourage you to have a passion for the industry, and to understand the requirements of a leisure and health or activities coordinators position.

People who hold their Leisure and Health qualifications can sometimes be called Lifestyle Workers, Activities Coordinators, or Diversional Therapy Assistants. They assist with the design, implementation and evaluation of health, activity, and leisure improvement programs for individuals and groups. This can include the planning, writing, and delivery of programs for clients in aged care, disability, community settings, or respite and day services.These programs may include activities such as a day out, music or art therapy, sensory activities, games, arts and crafts, and hobbies.

What is Diversional Therapy?

Diversional therapy is a client centred practice that recognises and promotes the idea that leisure and recreational experiences are the right of all individuals.

Diversional therapy practitioners work with people of all ages and abilities to design and facilitate leisure and recreation programmes. Activities are designed to support, challenge and enhance the psychological, spiritual, social, emotional, and physical wellbeing of individuals.

The Diversional Therapist provides opportunities where individuals may choose to participate in leisure and recreation activities which promote self-esteem and personal fulfilment. The Diversional Therapist facilitates individual client choice, decision making and participation through the development and management of recreational programmes.

There are many positive aspects to this role, and it also offers some challenging aspects. Knowing both will help you make an informed decision about whether this is the right career path for you.

Police Check and Working with Children Checks

In most cases, it will be a requirement of your placement provider that you undertake a Police Check and a Working with Children Check. Both checks generally need to be clear to allow you to go on placement. Where a student has been identified as having a disclosable outcome, it is up to the student to contact the Training Manager should they wish to disclose the outcome and discuss.

Placement is a mandatory requirement of all of our courses; failure to undertake placement will result in not passing the course. Obtaining these checks, and any cost associated with applying for them, is your responsibility. They need to be current and must be obtained prior to your first day of placement - they will need to be sighted by your placement supervisor and/or the manager you are reporting to.

Course Structure

To obtain the qualification in Leisure and Health, students must complete 17 units of competency, and be competent in the practical delivery of the course, obtained over a minimum of 120 hours of practical placement.

Delivery Model

Skills Training offer the following learning model for the Certificate IV in Leisure and Health:

Classroom Program - delivered 1 evening a week for 4 school terms or 1 day a fortnight for 4 school terms within a classroom setting. A student must also engage in approximately 20 hours per week of self-directed study and assessment preparation.

Delivery Locations

The qualification is delivered at Skills Training Australia campus/rooms locations.

Work Placement

120 hours of work placement is required for this qualification. Placement must be undertaken in a work place that will give you exposure to leisure and health promotion, activities development and delivery. This needs to be signed off by a workplace supervisor/mentor. Placement is traditionally unpaid.

Career Options

Once you have completed your qualification you can apply for a range of different positions, including:

Activities officer

Community leisure officer

Disability officer - day support          

Diversional therapy assistant

Leisure officer

Recreation activities officer

Further Education Pathways

On successful completion of the course, you can apply for further educational opportunities with Skills Training Australia for courses in:

CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health

HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing

The Certificate IV in Leisure and Health is made up of 17 Units

CHCCOM002   Use communication to build relationships

CHCDIV001     Work with diverse people

CHCLAH001     Work effectively in the leisure and health industries

CHCLAH002     Contribute to leisure and health programming

CHCLAH003     Participate in planning, implementing 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

CHCAGE005    Provide support to people living with dementia

CHCVOL003    Recruit, induct and support volunteers

CHCPAL001     Deliver care services using a palliative approach

CHCAGE001    Facilitate the empowerment of older people

CHCCCS020     Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

CHCDIS003      Support community participation and social inclusion

CHCMHS001   Work with people with mental health issues

Tuition Information

All of our quoted costs for the Certificate IV in Leisure and Health include materials, resources and enrolment costs. The only additional cost will be for your Police Check and Working with Children Check, which you will need to apply for separately prior to going on placement.

We currently hold a contract with the Victorian State Government to offer subsidised training places to eligible individuals under the Skills First Program; numbers are limited.

You will either be assessed as a Government Subsidised Student or a Full Fee Paying Student.

"The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment"

Skills First Program

*$800.00 is the funded tuition fee. The hourly tuition fee calculates to $0.77 per hour.

For students eligible for the concession fee, *$160.00 is the funded tuition concession fee. The hourly tuition fee calculates to $0.15 per hour.

Full Fee Enrolment

$3700.00 - This cost is the full fee for the course.

Approximate Skills First Program Contribution

If you are eligible for the Skills First Program, the approximate value of the contribution from the Victorian Government towards the qualification you are considering is $7014.00.

*Skills Training Australia may use both State and Federal funding, eligibility criteria does apply

Equal Opportunity

Skills Training Australia is fully committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to providing training opportunities for all people. We actively encourage potential students from disadvantaged groups to apply for training opportunities with us. We would especially encourage people with an Aboriginal background, students who do not have English as their primary language, mature aged students, and students with disabilities or impairments to apply.

For more information about our fees please see our Fees and Funding page.

Contact 1300 656 669 for future course dates.


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