VET in School (VETis) Programs

Are you in grade, 10, 11 or 12 in Queensland, 15 years or older... get Qualified (get potentially 5 QCE points), get Certified (i.e. learn to scuba dive) from Gold Coast to Cairns for NO COURSE COST!

The Australian Institute of Sport and Recreation (AISR) is registered with the Department of Education Queensland to provide Certificate 3 Guarantee funded programs including Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools. VET in schools is a Nationally Recognised Training program that is available to secondary school students (Grades 10, 11 and 12) as part of their school curriculum. During the school year, students can explore a career path by enrolling in our Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation course designed specifically for secondary school students. Completion of the Certificate II and the PADI openwater course (seperate coursework and award) may provide 5 credits towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (4 Certificate II points plus 1 PADI enrichment point).

Students can study towards completing the qualification whilst at school utilising our online learning portal or workbooks for a few hours a week and then attend our recreational facilities for the skill set development. Alternatively you can complete the learning activity by attending our facilities on an organised daily schedule per semester or attend a camp fulltime for several weeks. Skill sets may include:

The AISR Certificate II in Outddor Recreation offers students quality training in a diverse range of skill sets, career advice and the opportunity to enhance future career prospects. Because AISR conducts training at several facilities offering a range of services to a variety of customer bases from Certificate II to Diploma the student is in the best environment to discover a suitable career path and opportunities in the industry. Students can continue study with ASIR to Diploma level. The Diploma of Recreation Management creates an excellent pathway to entry level management in the industry. A VET course at AISR will provide the following benefits to students:

AISR offers the following course as part of the VET in Schools Program:


Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation (SIS20213)


This qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge to work in sport and recreation industry in a generalist capacity and assisting with the conduct of a range of outdoor activities with our skill sets.

What you get with the SCUBA stream


What does the program cost?

Eligibility to VETis Certificate 3 Guarantee funding by the Queensland government allows AISR to deliver the combined above programs which would have a normal fee in total of $2900 for no training cost.

The no training cost programs are based on VETiS funding eligibility, location and completion of all 15 Certificate II units delivered and assessed by AISR or approved partner provider and VETiS funding claimed by AISR. There are equipment provision requirements, please read below. Programs exclude activity specific optioanl extras, additional boat diving options or additional transort requirements.

VETiS funding criteria: Australian citizen or permanent resident presently residing and studying in a Queensland school, grades 10, 11 and 12, aged 15 years old and over and have not completed or presently undertaking a program from the VETis stream funded list. Common programs from this list that would make applicants not eligible if the training was conducted and completed by a private RTO (excluding school RTO training) are: Certificate I or II in Tourism, Hospitality or Furniture Making. Eligibility must be confirmed while student is attending school during the school term.

To check eligibility we require your full name, date of birth and school year (10 to 12) and VET courses undertaken. If eligible and you wish to enrol we would require documents to support your eligiblity, a list of documents is located on our how to enrol page and further information is available at the Queensland Government training website loaded with helpfull information including the VETiS fact sheet

Equipment Provision Requirements: Due to health, safety and hygiene requirements and that some applicants already have basic equipment (mask and fins) we request applicants to provide their own basic equipment comprising of mask, snorkel and fins or alternatively AISR providers can provide best quality equipment for purchase, rental  or loan (if available) for the duration of the course. As there is a reliance on specialised equipment designed to provide comfort and safety for diving needs our SCUBA professional will match each piece of equipment to your needs. For example a face mask must perfectly fit and mould to your face for comfort and prevent leakage under pressure.

Equipment & Optional Expenses (if selected) Your AISR professional diving provider can provide basic equipment packages (mask, snorkel, fins) which includes SCUBA equipment with best brands for purchase, prices will vary to location and equipment chosen to suit personal requirements (average cost $250). Alternately students can hire basic equipment if they require specific branded equipment or receive loan equipment (availability pending numbers). 

If you already have your own mask, snorkel and fins then please bring them into the provider centres before commencement of training as our professions will need to assess the equipment for SCUBA comfort and safety. For example equipment designed for simple snorkelling will not meet the demands of SCUBA as inappropriate fins will bend and not propel you through the water and inappropriate snorkels wont provide sufficient air requirements to meet the extra demands of SCUBA. Therefore our providers reserve the right to inspect pre-purchased basic equipment and determine and deem if can or cannot be used based on professional judgement for health and safety requirements.

Students may select extra dives and boat trips which are additional to the training dives, these dives will attract an additional fees and reef tax if applicable. Additional transport cost will not be covered by the no cost training program.

Completed units (if applicable): Some students may have already completed units included in the Certificate, even if completed as part of a fee for service program, then the student already is competent in those units and will not recieve funding for units already completed. AISR reserves the right to charge a gap fee to cover our training costs. Any such cost will be fully outlined before enrolment in the program. VETiS funding from the Queensland Government is only available for one Certificate II program to eligible students (excluding school RTO delivered programs). Therefore it is important to make a well informed decision for the best outcome. Our program is rich in outcomes giving  a nationally recognised qualification, real industry experience, free access Industry licensing and skills that are required by industry, unlike non-skill based Sport and Recreation Certificate programs which have no meaningfull industry outcomes; employers want skills!

Duration: The normal duration of this program is 2 to 3 months, however program lengths will vary to students own self study commitment and training plan arrangments including fulltime training camp scheduling (normally over 2 weeks) or training days spread throughout the school terms. The Combined Certificate and PADI programs consists of training clusters; self study, AISR units face to face and online delivery, PADI SCUBA learning with workbooks/online, and practical training conducted in facility and in water. As our course learning content and assessments are written to facilitate and maximise a diving outcome, a number of our units commence and run along with the PADI diving component. This clustering produces excellent outcomes for the student that industry requires and also significantly reduces duplications and time frames. Note the PADI course is not embedded in the Certificate course and is sperate coursework.

Entry requirements for Certificate II in Outddor Recreation (all activities)

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however if undertaking SCUBA stream applicants must undertake and meet Queensland Recreational diving code and PADI requirements to partake in SCUBA training which will be conduted by our professional PADI licenced partner facilities before enrolment.

Units of Competency

15 units must be completed:


Core units (5)
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
SISOOD201A Assist in conducting outddor recreation sessions
SISOOPS201A Minimise environmetal impact
SISXIND101A* Work effectively in sport and recreation environments
SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies
10 electives 
SISOSNK201A Demonstrate snorkeling activities
SISXCAI102A* Assist in preparing and conducting sport and recreation sessions
SISOSCB301A SCUBA dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres
SISOSCB304A Navigate prescribes routes underwater
SISCAQU002 Perform basic water rescues
SISONAV201A Demonstrate navigations skills in a controlled environment
SISXEMR001  Respond to emergency situations
SISXFAC001  Maintain equipment for activities
SISXFAC002  Maintian sport, fitness and recreation facilities
SISOOPS202A  Use and maintain temporary or overnight site (activity)


What to do now

  1. Check your eligibility for government funding Complete the Certifcate funding eligibility application form on the how to enrol page. Carefully read all course related information including student handbook. Get Certified, Get Qualified and Get real experience!