Diploma of Leisure and Health CHC53415

The Diploma of Leisure and Health qualification is designed for Lifestyle or Activity Coordinators who would like to take the next step in their career.


People with this qualification design, implement, and evaluate health and leisure activities and programs for clients. You will also learn to manage and supervise others in the work place.


Why Study at Skills Training Australia?:


Our Diploma of Leisure and Health course has 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 enrolling with Skills Training into the Diploma of Leisure and Health you will also receive a student membership to DRTA 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 Diploma of 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 Leisure 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 prior qualification or employment requirements however individuals will have some experiences within the leisure and health or community services sector. They will generally hold at least Certificate IV Leisure and Health and may receive Credit transfers from completing the Diploma level.

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?

The Diploma of Leisure and Health is designed for managers, or people wanting to move towards managing activities or diversional therapy departments, within aged care, disability, or community settings. The course will focus on improving your management and coordination skills. It will also serve to enhance your understanding and ability to develop and deliver exceptional programs for individuals and groups.

If you don’t already hold the Certificate IV in Leisure and Health,you should have at least two years’ experience delivering leisure and activity programs to clients. It would also be beneficial to have a broad understanding of the industry as a whole, and have the opportunity to move into a supervisory or team leadership position.

Apart from your compassionate, empathetic, and hardworking nature, you have a passion for the industry, and understand the requirements of a leisure and lifestyle coordinator or manager. You will also want to develop your skills for career progression and personal growth.

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 to whom you report.

Student Entry Procedure - for eligible students electing to access VET Student Loans

All students wishing to apply for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan must be assessed for academic suitability to undertake a high level VET qualification.

This academic assessment is in addition to any entry requirements that may be required for the specific course a student wishes to undertake.

The student must:

  • provide a copy of the individual's senior secondary certificate of education from an Australian agency; OR
  • provide evidence of attainment of an Australian Qualification Framework qualification at certificate 4 or above; OR
  • undertake an approved reading and numeracy assessment and meet the required standard. The assessment tool used is VETASSESS and the student must attain a minimum of ACSF Exit Level 3 in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements

A VET student loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid

For more information, please refer to our VET Student Loans page.

Course Structure

To obtain the qualification in Diploma of Leisure and Health, students must complete 22 units of competency, and be competent in the practical delivery of the course, obtained over 240hrs of practical placement.

Delivery Models

Skills Training Australia offer a number of different delivery models to assist students and businesses in getting the outcomes they desire. We recognise that all individuals learn in different ways, so we have designed various models to cater for the needs of the industry. Skills Training offer the following learning models for the Diploma of Leisure and Health:

Classroom Program - Is delivered 1 day a fortnight over 4 school terms within a classroom setting. It will also require you to put in some 15-20 hours per week of your own time to complete assessments.

On-the-job training / Traineeships - This program is designed to work with your current employer. This will allow you to have the program delivered to you in a supported work environment. A training plan will be created, in conjunction with you and your employer, highlighting the course schedule and requirements. You MUST be already employed in the industry and meet traineeship requirements to be eligible for this model.

Delivery Locations

The qualification can be delivered at a Skills Training Australia campus or at your place of employment.

Work Placement

A minimum of 240hrs of Work placement is required for this qualification.

Placement must be undertaken in an environment that will give you exposure to leisure and health development and delivery, and must be signed off by a workplace supervisor/mentor. Placement is traditionally unpaid.

If you are employed and undertaking a traineeship, work placement can be negotiated as part of your normal working duties. This must be approved by your employer and will be monitored by your Skills Training Australia Trainer and Assessor.

Career Options

Once you have completed your Diploma of Leisure and Health, you can apply for a range of different positions, including:

Activities coordinator

Community leisure coordinator

Diversional therapist 

Diversional therapy assistant

Leisure services coordinator / manager

Recreational activities officer coordinator


The Diploma of Leisure and Health is made up of 22 Units

CHCCOM003   Develop workplace communication strategies

CHCDIV001     Work with diverse people

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

CHCLAH006     Coordinate planning, implementation and monitoring of leisure and health programs

CHCLAH008     Provide leisure education

CHCLAH009     Apply concepts of human psychology to facilitate involvement in leisure programs

CHCPOL003     Research and apply evidence to practice

CHCPRP003     Reflect on and improve own professional practice

HLTAAP002     Confirm physical health status

HLTWHS003    Maintain work health and safety

BSBMGT502    Manage people performance

CHCDIS008      Facilitate community participation and social inclusion

CHCDIS010      Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs

BSBMGT401    Show leadership in the workplace

CHCDIS009      Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach

CHCCCS023     Support independence and wellbeing

CHCMHS001   Work with people with mental health issues

BSBMGT406    Plan and monitor continuous improvement

Tuition Information

All of our quoted costs for the Diploma of 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

*$1800.00 is the funded tuition fee. The hourly tuition fee calculates to $1.17 per hour.

Full Fee Enrolment

$7,500.00 - 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 $9852.00.

*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.

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