This Advanced Certificate is designed to develop skills required to work in or manage recreation facilities or services, for example Community centres, youth services, sporting clubs, tourist parks, camp grounds, municipal recreation services, supervised childrens playgrounds and social clubs.

This is a good starting point for a career which might lead to a position in management.

Learn about both Recreation and Management

                                          for a career in leisure and recreation

What then is Recreation?
There are two common ways of defining "recreation":

State of Mind Definition: this simply means that you are recreating when you are in a recreational state of mind.

The Time Concept Definition: this means that you are recreating when you are either doing certain things which are considered "recreational" pastimes; or not doing certain defined things (which are considered non recreational, such as work and sleep).

Difference between recreation and leisure
Leisure is the time in which a person is not working; leisure is free time. Recreation is a type of activity which a person can engage in during their free time (leisure).

Types of Recreation

Active and passive recreation
There is a lot more to recreation than just sport! People can recreate doing gardening, sun baking or even perhaps, watching TV and playing computer games.  

Active recreation usually refers to the type of activities which require physical activity. These are usually vigorous activities, such as team sports, jogging, swimming, horse riding. Active activities involve more with use of the body than of the mind

Passive recreation refers to activities which are more concerned with calming, pleasing or stimulating the mind and emotions, or with detaching from them. Passive activities can include sun baking, playing chess, sightseeing, walking through a park, watching a movie, having a picnic with the family etc).

There are 4 core units common to all streams of this Advanced Certificate, VBS001. These involve 400 hours of study in total three recreation units involve another 300 hours of study. A workplace project relevant to the recreation industry involves the final 200 hrs of study.

CORE UNITS Click on each module for more details

Office Practices
Develops basic office skills covering use of equipment, communication systems (telephone, fax, etc) and office procedures such as filing, security, workplace organisations, etc.

Business Operations
Develops knowledge of basic business operations and procedures (eg. types of businesses, financial management, business analysis, staffing, productivity, etc) and the skills to develop a 12 month business plan.

Develops knowledge of management structures, terminology, supervision, recruitment and workplace health and safety.

Marketing Foundations.
Develops a broad understanding of marketing and specific skills in writing advertisements, undertaking market research, developing an appropriate marketing plan and selling.



There are eight lessons as follows:
1. Introduction To Recreation
2. Nature & Scope Of Recreation
3. History Of Recreation
4. Leadership
5. Planning For Recreation Facilities
6. Parks & Playgrounds
7. Special Populations
8. Tourism

There are eight lessons as follows:
1. Introduction To Fitness
2. Fitness Testing
3. Exercises & Developing An Exercise Program
4. Sports
5. First Aid
6. Stress Management
7. Sports & Fitness Events
8. Camping

There are eight lessons as follows:
1. Planning Recreation Programs
2. Playleadership
3. Crafts
4. Gardening & Recreation
5. Photography
6. Environmental Activities
7. Youth Leadership
8. Organising An Exhibition Or Festival


This is the final requirement that you must satisfy before receiving your award.

There are two options available to you to satisfy this requirement:

Alternative 1.

If you work in the industry that you have been studying; you may submit a reference from your employer, in an effort to satisfy this industry (ie. workplace project) requirement; on the basis of RPL (ie. recognition for prior learning), achieved through your current and past work experience.

The reference must indicate that you have skills and an awareness of your industry, which is sufficient for you to work in a position of responsibility.

Alternative 2.

If you do not work in the relevant industry, you need to undertake a project as follows.

Procedure for a Workplace Project

This project is a major part of the course involving the number of hours relevant to the course (see above). Although the course does not contain mandatory work requirements, work experience is seen as highly desirable.

This project is based on applications in the work place and specifically aims to provide the student with the opportunity to apply and integrate skills and knowledge developed through various areas of formal study.

Students will design this project in consultation with a tutor to involve industry based activities in the area of specialized study which they select to follow in the course. The project outcomes may take the form of a written report, folio, visuals or a mixture of forms. Participants with relevant, current or past work experience will be given exemption from this project if they can provide suitable references from employers that show they have already fulfilled the requirements of this project.

For courses that involve more than 100 hours, more than one workplace project topic may be selected. For example, 200 hours may be split into two projects each of 100 hours. This will offer the student better scope to fulfill the needs of their course and to meet the number of hours required. Alternatively, the student may wish to do one large project with a duration of 200 hours.

Students will be assessed on how well they achieve the goals and outcomes they originally set as part of their negotiations with their tutor. During each 100 hours of the project, the students will present three short progress reports. These progress reports will be taken into account when evaluating the final submission. The tutor must be satisfied that the work submitted is original.

If the student wishes to do one large 200 hour report, then only three progressive reports will be needed (however the length of each report will be longer).