Course Description

The activities that clients in the aged care, health, and community services sectors take part in can have an extremely positive impact on their daily lives. Get the skills to make a difference.

Throughout the CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health you will learn:

  • How to plan, implement and monitor individual and group activities for a range of clients.
  • The communication skills to build relationships and work with a diverse range of people.
  • How to support independence and wellbeing, relationships with carers and families, as well as community participation and social inclusion.
  • The skills to incorporate sociological concepts into leisure and health programming.
  • How to effectively provide recovery-orientated mental health services, and home and community support services.

As you progress through the course content, you’ll learn by working for a fictitious care facility. You’ll be introduced to a range of fictitious colleagues and be faced with a variety of situations you may encounter in a real life workplace. You will put the knowledge you learn into practice with a 120-hour work placement.

The wide range of electives available within this course allows you tailor your learning to the sector you already, or hope to, work in.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Activities Officer
  • Aged Care Activities Officer
  • Lifestyle Assistant
  • Lifestyle Coordinator
  • Lifestyle Officer
  • Recreation Activities Coordinator
  • Recreation Activities Officer
  • Recreation Group Leader
  • Resident Activities Officer
Course number E1199
Qualification name CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Logbook, Multiple choice questions, Practical assessments, Presentations, Short-answer questions, Video, Workplace observation, Workplace portfolio, Written reports
Awarded by
  • TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010)


There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images
  • Compressing image files

Audio-Visual Requirements

  • You will need access to software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.
  • You will also need access to digital video recording device and/or digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phone and smart phones include this technology.

Physical requirements

You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness, as your role may involve a variety of physical tasks. These may include setting up and conducting a variety of recreational activities, assisting clients with activities of daily living and assisting clients with mobility and transfers, and others.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module. Modules 1 to 5 have been released and will be available once the course is live. The subsequent Modules will be available on the following dates:

  • Module 6 – Work safely: August 2017
  • Module 7 - Planning and implementing programs : November 2017
  • Module 8 – Planning and Implementing : November 2017
  • Module 9 – Providing support in the community: February 2018
  • Module 10 – Mental health services: April 2018
  • Module 11 – Support and contribute skills development and social inclusion: June 2018
  • Module 12 – Skills development and social inclusion: June 2018
  • Module 13 – Reflection: June 2018
Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW.

Working effectively

  • Provide appropriate leisure and health services
  • Operate within the policies and procedures of the leisure and health sector

Use communication to build relationships

  • Communicate with clients and co-workers
  • Address communication needs
  • Facilitate meetings

Working with diversity and supporting independence

  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups
  • Recognise and support individual differences
  • Promote independence
  • Support physical wellbeing
  • Support social, emotional and psychological wellbeing

Incorporating lifespan development and sociological

  • Identify the lifespan developmental stages of the client
  • Identify how the Australian social context of health might impact on client participation
  • Identify how the Australian social context of leisure might impact on client participation
  • Identify strategies for participation

Confirming physical health status

  • Obtain information about physical health status
  • Check physical health status
  • Identify variations from normal physical health status

Work safely

  • Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • Follow safe work practices for manual handling
  • Follow safe work practices for infection control
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

Planning and implementing programs

  • Identify activities to match leisure and health needs of the client or group
  • Assist with the preparation of activity plan
  • Identify and obtain required resources
  • Promote activity or program
  • Deliver activity or program
  • Evaluate activity
  • Document the activity or program

Planning and Implementing programs

  • Gather and record detailed information about clients
  • Participate in the design of individual program plans
  • Implement individual program plans
  • Monitor and evaluate individual program plans

Providing support in the community

  • Include carers and family members as part of the support team
  • Assess and respond to changes in the care relationship
  • Monitor and promote carer rights, health and well being
  • Determine requirements of individual plan
  • Establish relationship in the home
  • Operate respectfully in the home
  • Complete reporting and documentation

Mental health services

  • Promote principles of recovery and recovery oriented practice
  • Establish the context for a self-directed recovery relationship
  • Invite information sharing
  • Define and confirm the collaborative relationship
  • Share and collect information to collaboratively inform the plan for recovery
  • Facilitate collaborative planning process for recovery
  • Collaboratively implement plan for recovery
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with care support network
  • Support person during challenges
  • Collaboratively review the effectiveness of the plan and support provided

Support and contribute skills development and social inclusion

Skills development and social inclusion

  • Participate in profiling specific client needs
  • Promote inclusion and empowerment
  • Contribute to the plan for addressing the impact of client issues, characteristics and symptoms
  • Participate in the development of effective strategies for working with clients with complex needs


  • Reflect on own practice
  • Enhance own practice
  • Facilitate ongoing professional development



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Find out more

The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

Workplaces suitable to undertaken structured work placement include:

  • Residential aged care facilities
  • Respite care facilities
  • Day care centres
  • Home care environments
  • Community support settings
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Refuges

Your work place must meet certain criteria in regards to facilities, equipment and resources. Your workplace assessor will ascertain whether the workplace is appropriate. 

More information can be found in the Workplace Assessment Guide.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010). The testamur will be issued by TAFE NSW North Region.

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