Commissioner's Information Bulletin 511

Sport and Recreation - Traineeships

Sport and Recreation

Date of effect: 21 October 2011

Updated: 14 December 2015

Bulletin Information

This Commissioner's Information Bulletin (CIB) includes information on two Training Packages.

In this CIB two Vocational Training Orders have been varied to update five national qualifications codes and names to align with the new SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package.

The SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation is also included as a school-based traineeship pathway.

All other Vocational Training Orders remain unchanged.

Superseded Bulletin

This Commissioner's Information Bulletin 511 has been updated.

Qualifications, structure and packaging

The SISv2 Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package includes nine (9) qualifications ranging from Certificate I to Diploma level. The following 6 qualifications support traineeships:

The SIS10v3.1 Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package includes 26 qualifications ranging from Certificate I to Diploma level. The following 11 support traineeship:

Entry Requirement

* Entry Requirements apply to this qualification.

Transition arrangements

Skills and Industry Policy and Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) transition arrangements are aligned and applied retrospectively from 1 September 2015.

Registered training organisations (RTOs) may commence training in either the new or superseded qualification but must meet the requirements of ASQA. For more information refer to ASQA's General Direction - Learner Transition.

Industrial arrangements

Applications under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001 to establish a traineeship, whether full-time, part-time or school based will not be approved unless the Commissioner for Vocational Training is satisfied that appropriate industrial arrangements are in place.

Trainees may be employed under the following awards:

All private sector employers and employees in New South Wales are covered by the national industrial relations system administered by the Fair Work Commission (the Commission). The industrial instrument that applies is a national (modern) award or a current enterprise agreement registered with the Commission. Further information is available from the Fair Work Ombudsman by telephoning 13 13 94 or via their website.

*Competency Based Progression applies to apprentices employed under this Award.

All private sector employers and employees in New South Wales are covered by the national industrial relations system administered by the Fair Work Commission (the Commission). The industrial instrument that applies is a national (modern) award or a current enterprise agreement registered with the Commission. Further information is available from the Fair Work Ombudsman by telephoning 13 13 94 or via their website.

Competency based completion

On successful completion of the relevant qualification:

  • parties may apply to the Commissioner for Vocational Training for completion of the apprenticeship and traineeship prior to the nominal completion date of the training contract or;
  • Training Services NSW may issue letters from the Commissioner to both parties inviting them to consider competency based completion if it has received advice from the training organisation that the apprentice or trainee is eligible to receive their qualification.

For more information and an application form, click here.

School based traineeships (SBT)

Service Skills Australia has advised that the following qualifications are suitable for delivery in schools:

  • SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation
  • SIS20213 Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation
  • SIS20412 Certificate II in Sport Career Oriented Participation
  • SIS20513 Certificate II in Sport Coaching
  • SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness**
  • SIS30613 Certificate III in Sport Career Orientated Participation
  • SIS30713 Certificate III in Sports Coaching
  • SIS31015 Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation

For qualifications available for delivery in schools, click here.

For information about the delivery of training for school based part-time traineeships, refer to Training Arrangements.

**Certificate III in Fitness - Approval Requirements for SBTs

Additional approval requirements are required to establish a school-based traineeship in SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness. As well as adhering to School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW Guidelines and completing a Training Plan, applications must be accompanied by a business case developed by the employer and Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis to determine whether the establishment of the traineeship is appropriate in each case. The business case must:

  1. Outline on-the-job training model including job tasks/activities and opportunities for practice.
  2. Provide information on the integration of on and off the job training including the duties and responsibilities of the trainee and specific goals to be achieved.
  3. Provide information about supervisory arrangements appropriate to trainee’s knowledge, skill and experience.
  4. Identify any regulatory requirements to be complied with e.g. workplace health and safety
  5. Identify constraints or risks such as resources, legal or physical environment

The business case must be signed off by a senior manager in the employer organisation.

Career pathways

Service Skills Australia’s publication The Job I Love offers a guide to careers in the service industries, including sport and industry.

The Pathways to Participation initiative is aimed at aligning nationally recognised qualifications for coaches and officials with industry accreditation standards. The project will help foster and facilitate career pathways and employment outcomes initially in five sports – rowing, yachting, hockey, squash and equestrian.

Working with Children

Where the nature of any employer’s activities is child related and the employer is taking on a trainee, the employer must comply with the NSW Commission for Children and Young People’s Working with Children Program.

Responsible Service of Alcohol

All those serving alcohol must undertake Responsible Service of Alcohol training (addressed in the Training Package but subject to Licensing Authority restrictions on trainers and assessors). Employees must be at least 18 years of age to serve alcohol. For further information see the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.

Responsible Conduct of Gambling

The Casino Liquor and Gaming Control Authority requires occupational licensing for dealers who operate table games in licensed casinos. Trainees are required to have a licence which they can obtain following completion of Responsible Conduct of Gaming training (addressed in the Training Package but subject to the Casino, Liquor and Gaming Control Authority restrictions on trainers and assessors). Employees must be at least 18 years of age to participate in gaming. For further information see the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.

Registered training organisations

For registered training providers which can deliver the qualifications go to training.gov.au.

A list of registered training organisations which are in contract with the NSW Department of Industry to be paid for the delivery of the training is here.

When developing training plans, registered training organisations should ensure that the training program satisfies the qualification packaging requirements and, at the same time, reflects the nature of the business. Training plans should be customised so that the workplace activities support and align with the qualification units of competency.

Funding arrangements

From 1 January 2015 the NSW Government introduced new fee arrangements for government subsidised vocational education and training (VET). Under Smart and Skilled, all apprenticeship and most traineeship qualifications are subsidised. For a full list of all the qualifications refer to the 2016 NSW Skills List. Information on the types and levels of subsidies can be found in the "Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy". Training for existing-worker trainees is not subsidised.

Inspecting Vocational Training Orders

Copies of the Vocational Training Orders are available for inspection on this internet site below or at any Training Services NSW Regional Office of the NSW Department of Industry.

Enquiries

For any enquiries regarding this Commissioner's Information Bulletin, please contact the Apprenticeships and Traineeships on telephone (02) 9244 5785.

Approved by Emil Tabone
for Commissioner for Vocational Training.

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Job descriptions

Sport, Fitness and Recreation - Aquatics and Community Recreation
Community recreation qualifications cover activities of aquatics (swimming and pool-related activities).

Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation trainees will work in aquatic facilities or environments, and recreation facilities. Trainees will be competent in a range of activities and functions requiring autonomous work within a defined range of situations and activities. This qualification provides a pathway to work as a swimming teacher, pool lifeguard, or recreation leader.

Sport, Fitness and Recreation - Fitness
Fitness qualifications cover activities including health screening and health promotion, fitness programs, client health assessment, gym programs, group exercise sessions, water based fitness programs, exercise programs for children, adolescents and the elderly, personal training sessions and health promotion activities.

Certificate III level reflects the role of instructors who perform a range of activities and functions within the fitness industry. Depending on the specialisation chosen, this qualification provides a pathway to work as an instructor providing exercise instruction for group, aqua or gym programs. They work independently with level of autonomy in a controlled environment such as fitness, leisure, aquatic and community centres where risks are managed through pre-existing risk assessment and hazard control processes.

Individuals who specialise in aqua exercise instruction deliver water-based exercise sessions designed for participation by a group of clients. Sessions may be freestyle, pre-choreographed or circuit style. They also have the skills to rescue a client in distress, and an appropriate level of pool deck fitness and endurance.

Individuals who specialise in group exercise instruction deliver exercise sessions designed for participation by a group of clients with a mix of ages/fitness levels. Sessions may be freestyle, pre-choreographed or circuit style. These individuals instruct and demonstrate complete exercise sessions to groups with limited individual interaction.

Individuals who specialise in gym instruction exercise provide individually tailored client assessments, provide technique correction as needed and develop and demonstrate programs. They also provide supervision of a facility or service, keep equipment clean, tidy and well maintained and handle various customer injuries.

Certificate IV level reflects the role of personal trainers who have specialist skills to train individual clients, or groups of clients, or a one-on-one or group basis, to improve health-related components of fitness in relatively low risk situations. This may include training of older clients and children. They have a substantial depth of knowledge to plan, conduct and evaluate exercise training, provide leadership and guidance to clients and other staff, and deal with unpredictable situations applying defined guidelines and procedures from the fitness industry and the organisation.

They work independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems, including monitoring and managing business activities to operate efficiently and profitably.

This qualification provides a pathway to work in a diversity of fitness businesses including fitness centres, gyms, aquatic facilities, community facilities and open spaces where risk management (through risk assessment and hazard control processes) do not already exist.

Sport, Fitness and Recreation - Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor recreation qualifications cover activities including abseiling, archery, bushwalking, canoeing, caving, cycling, equestrian, fishing, mountain biking, rafting, scuba, skiing, surfing, trail bike riding and yachting.

Certificate II level trainees will learn to perform core activities in outdoor recreation environments and to assist with the conduct of a range of outdoor activities. They will learn to use a wide variety of equipment in work locations such as such as water-based, dry land and mountainous terrains.

Certificate III level trainees will become competent in guiding outdoor recreation activities through learning to apply outdoor recreation technical expertise to guiding individuals on how to participate safely in the outdoor activity.

They will learn to work autonomously or in a team under supervision on or off site. In a variety of controlled environments such as camps, recreation centres or facilities or fields on various public lands, they will further their abilities to use different types of equipment.

Certificate IV level trainees will gain the technical skills and knowledge to work as outdoor recreation guides in uncontrolled environments or as instructors teaching clients in how to independently undertake outdoor activities. They would usually have prior outdoor recreation industry experience.

For both roles, trainees will develop leadership, guidance and supervision skills to enable them to autonomously manage routine and unexpected situations. They will also learn to use a wide range of equipment in different work environments including water, dry land and mountainous areas.

Sport, Fitness and Recreation - Sport
Sport qualifications cover activities including football, athletics, sports administration, basketball, cricket, coaching, golf, gymnastics, martial arts, netball, rugby league and union, soccer, squash, lifesaving, swimming, bowling, tennis and volleyball.

Certificate II level trainees in Sport Career Oriented Participation will gain the skills and knowledge to pursue careers as athletes at a regional and state or territory level. They will build on their chosen sport knowledge and skills to develop sport-specific competencies from a sporting association.

Trainees should hold a scholarship with an Institute of Sport, be a member of a state, territory or national team, squad or development program, a national or state or territory talent development program or a member of a second tier national competition.

Certificate II level trainees in Sport Coaching will work as assistant or junior coaches, learning to assist senior coaches in the planning and implementation of instruction for a range of sports.

Working as part of a team and under supervision, trainees should be current or past participants in the respective sport specialisation chosen as part of this a qualification.

Certificate III level trainees in Sport Career Oriented Participation will be working towards a career as a professional athlete at a regional, state or territory level which may enable match-payments, prize money, grants or endorsements to form the primary source of their income. Trainees will learn to:

  • train for events
  • assess competitors and conditions at venues
  • consult with coaches about appropriate strategies
  • compete professionally
  • undertake promotional duties.

Trainees should hold a scholarship with an Institute of Sport, a member of a state or territory or national team, squad or development program, a national or state or territory talent development program or a member of a second tier national competition.

Certificate III level trainees in Sport Coaching will gain skills to become a career coach at a regional or state or territory level. Trainees will learn to:

  • observe the performance of athletes to determine the required level of instruction
  • plan, conduct and evaluate individualised and team based training programs
  • supervise practice sessions and provide in competition assistance to athletes.

Certificate III level trainees in Sports Trainer will acquire the skills and knowledge to undertake a career as a sports trainer at a regional or state or territory level. Trainees will learn to:

  • perform pre and post event taping as part of providing injury prevention and treatment for athletes
  • develop warm up and cool down programs
  • assist with the management of sports injuries under the guidance of a health professional
  • liaise with coaching and other related support staff.

Certificate III level trainees in Sport Officiating will apply their skills and knowledge to be an official at a regional, state or territory level. Those undertaking this qualification should be a member of an official's squad or development program, or officiating at a regional to international level. Trainees with this qualification include training for competition officiating duties, coaching lower level officials and officiating sport competitions.

Certificate IV level trainees in Sport Coaching will gain further skills towards becoming a career coach at a regional, state or territory level. Trainees will learn to:

  • observe the performance of athletes to determine the required level of instruction
  • plan, conduct and evaluate individualised and team training programs
  • supervise practice sessions
  • provide in competition assistance to athletes through supporting their psychological preparation and conducting post competition analysis of both performance and strategy.

Certificate IV level trainees in Sport Development will gain the skills and knowledge for a career in sports development. Job roles may include competition coordinator, program coordinator, sports development officer and talent development coordinator. Trainees will learn to:

  • liaise with stakeholder groups to increase the profile of sport
  • implement and administer junior sports programs or clinics within clubs and schools
  • train coaches and teachers
  • recruit young people, parents and volunteers to sports
  • schedule competitions.

Sport, Fitness and Recreation - Sport and Recreation
Sport and recreation qualifications provide skills in the provision of sport and recreation programs, grounds and facilities maintenance, operation of sporting centres and grounds and the operation of community recreation centres.

Certificate II level trainees will develop basic functional knowledge and skills for working in customer contact positions in the sport or community recreation industry, and be competent in a range of administrative activities and functions within a team and under supervision. Trainees will be in mainly routine and repetitive tasks using practical skills and basic sport and recreation industry knowledge. They may be employed in sport and recreation centres or facilities, and leisure and aquatic centres assisting with the conduct of recreation activities, and facility maintenance and operations, as:

  • community activities assistant
  • customer service assistant
  • leisure assistant
  • recreation assistant
  • retail assistant
  • grounds assistant
  • facility assistant

Certificate III level trainees will be multi-skilled in operational and customer support positions in the sport or community recreation industry. Trainees will be competent in a range of activities and functions requiring autonomous work within a defined range of situations and environments. Trainees may work in locations such as fitness centres, sporting grounds or complexes, leisure and aquatic centres and community recreation centres as:

  • recreation officer
  • activity operation officer
  • sport and recreation attendant
  • community activities officer
  • leisure services officer

Certificate IV level trainees will be working in the sport and recreation industry in an administrative or organisational capacity and they will be able to plan, conduct and evaluate activities of others, deal with unpredictable and non-routine situations and provide leadership and guidance to staff. Trainees will be able to work in a diversity of sport and recreation locations such as fitness centres, sporting grounds or complexes, leisure and aquatic centres and community recreation centres or sporting organisations and associations as:

  • facility coordinator
  • administration coordinator
  • duty manager
  • recreation coordinator
  • swim school coordinator
  • operations coordinator
  • aquatic operations coordinator

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Sport, Fitness and Recreation - Community Recreation - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

21 October 2011

Updated

6 October2015

Qualifications

Terms of training

Full time:

  • SIS31015 Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary periods

2 months

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Sport, Fitness and Recreation - Fitness - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

21 October 2011

Updated

6 October 2015

Qualifications

Terms of training

Full time:

  • SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness where the trainee holds SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary periods

2 months

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Sport, Fitness and Recreation - Outdoor Recreation - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

21 October 2011

Updated

31 January 2014

Qualifications

Terms of training

Full time:

  • SIS20213 Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS30413 Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS40313 Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation where the trainee holds SIS30413 Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

SIS20213 Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary periods

2 months

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Sport, Fitness and Recreation - Sport - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

21 October 2011

Updated

31 January 2014

Qualifications

Terms of training

Full time:

  • SIS20412 Certificate II in Sport Career Oriented Participation
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS20513 Certificate II in Sport Coaching
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS30613 Certificate III in Sport Career Oriented Participation
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS30613 Certificate III in Sport Career Oriented Participation where the trainee holds SIS20412 Certificate II in Sport Career Oriented Participation
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS30713 Certificate III in Sport Coaching
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS30713 Certificate III in Sport Coaching where the trainee hold SIS20513 Certificate II in Sport Coaching
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS30813 Certificate III in Sports Trainer
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS30913 Certificate III in Sport Officiating
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS40512 Certificate IV in Sport Coaching
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved by direct entry
  • SIS40512 Certificate IV in Sport Coaching where the trainee holds SIS30613 Certificate III in Sport Career Oriented Participation or SIS30713 Certificate III in Sport Coaching or SIS30813 Certificate III in Sports Trainer
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS40612 Certificate IV in Sport Development by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS40612 Certificate IV in Sport Development where the trainee holds SIS30613 Certificate III in Sport Career Oriented Participation or SIS30713 Certificate III in Sport Coaching or SIS30813 Certificate III in Sports Trainer
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary periods

2 months

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Sport, Fitness and Recreation - Sport and Recreation - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

21 October 2011

Updated

14 December 2015

Qualifications

Terms of training

Full time:

  • SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS30115 Certificate III in Sport and Recreation by direct entry
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS30115 Certificate III in Sport and Recreation where the trainee holds SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIS40115 Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period

2 months

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