This certificate focuses on preparing you for a career in the health and leisure industry. With a combination of face-to-face and online delivery, students will learn from relevant professionals and will develop skills to implement in their workplace.

With a strong focus on following safety practices, improving professionalism, emotional intelligence and developing and implementing health programs, students will walk away with the confidence and qualifications to thrive in their future roles.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

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    Nationally recognised training
  • TAFE Victoria
    TAFE Victoria
Midyear applications are now open.

Ready to apply for a midyear start? Go to the application portal. Still exploring your options at Swinburne? Meet us at Open Day.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Communication
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Organisational skills
  • Time management

Your career opportunities

  • Lifestyle assistant
  • Recreation officer
  • Activities officer
  • Lifestyle coordinator
  • Diversional therapist

Location options

  • Online


Entry into this program includes applicants employed within an approved leisure and health service. Students will be supported by vocationally competent and current workplace supervisors. All applicants must maintain a current Working with Children Check throughout the duration of the program.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Other requirements

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

As a part of this delivery, students will complete a minimum of 7 hours of work with their leisure and health organisation each week, plus 6 hours of study each week.

Upon completion, you will be ready to work in health and leisure facilities in a number of different roles.

Core Units
Elective Units
Certificate IV in Leisure and Health

Indicative nominal course hours: 1055

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Work effectively in the leisure and health industries
Core unit
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Core unit
Confirm physical health status
Core unit, 90.0 credit points
Participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of individual leisure and health programs
Core unit
Participate in planning leisure and health programs for clients with complex needs
Core unit
Use communication to build relationships
Core unit, 55.0 credit points
Work with Diverse people
Core unit
Contribute to leisure and health programming
Core unit
Incorporate lifespan development and sociological concepts into leisure and health programming
Core unit
Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Core unit
Elective units
Provide First Aid
Elective unit, 18.0 credit points
Manage personal stressors in the work environment
Elective unit, 25.0 credit points
Develop and use emotional intelligence
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Organise personal work priorities
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
Develop and implement community programs
Elective unit
Work within a community development framework
Elective unit, 65.0 credit points
Lead team effectiveness
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)


Yearly fee* ($AUD)


2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)


Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

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    Study this course for free in 2024

    You could have your tuition fees covered in 2024 thanks to the Victorian Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. 

    Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available to any Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen.

    There are other factors, too. The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to apply!

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

From 1 January 2024, all Diploma level and above courses will contribute to the Student Services and Amenities fee. Below is the capped amount for 2023 as a guide ahead of fees for 2024 being announced.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)


SSAF fee* ($AUD)



Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Expressions of interest and Application process

  • Step 1: Complete the below expression of interest form.
  • Step 2: We’ll call you to conduct a brief interview and to
  • Step 3: Submit a Personal Profile Assessment form.
  • Step 4: If successful, you’ll receive a conditional offer for a position from Richmond Institute.
  • Step 5: If successful, you’ll receive your official Swinburne offer via email. This includes information on how to accept your offer, enrolment, and to confirm start date.

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