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Does getting a qualification within the sports and recreation industry sound like fun to you?

Getting a qualification within the sports and recreation industry sounds more interesting than most qualifications. Less sitting in lectures, more getting your runners on and getting out there. That may not be entirely true but if you want to work in this active industry you need to be passionate about it. Here’s a little bit of everything when it comes to qualifications you can do here.

Careers in sport

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

There are various forms of this degree offered all around Australia, sometimes as a degree in it’s own right and sometimes as a major of a science or biomedicine degree. A degree in this area not only allows you to become a sports & exercise scientist, but a fitness trainer, recreation officer or sports administrator. Deakin University offers a 3 year Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at their Burwood and Waurn Ponds campuses. It gives students the opportunity to major in lots of areas including nutrition, exercise physiology or health promotion. The degree is ESSA accredited. Completing a degree accredited by Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) means you are eligible to become a member which may improve employment opportunities.

VET in Event Management

A certificate or diploma in event management can provide a pathway for those interested in being a conference & event organiser, working as an in-house venue manager or anyone interested in becoming a wedding planner. The courses are available at TAFE’s and colleges around Australia. TAFE NSW offers an Advanced Diploma of Event Management at it’s Hunter TAFE which is an online option. The course takes 1 year to complete and requires 10 hours per week roughly so is perfect for those already working in the industry looking to add a qualification to their resumes.

Martial Arts Instructor Accreditation

For those looking to become accredited as a martial arts instructor, there are two possibilities. You can either go through the scheme at the Martial Arts Industry Association or the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme from the Australian Sports Commission. These are the only two accreditation schemes currently in Australia for martial arts. The accreditation focuses on not only teaching methods and skills but ensuring student safety and risk management principles. There are different levels of accreditation depending on the level you’d like to teach.

VET in Outdoor Recreation

A certificate or diploma in outdoor recreation will give you the opportunity to work as an adventure guide or as a recreation officer. These courses are available at TAFE’s and colleges across the country. Where better to learn about outdoor education than in Tasmania? TasTAFE has a Certificate IV in Outdoor Education at their Drysdale campus. The course can be completed full time in 6 months or part time over 2 years. It covers a range of things including sea kayaking, bushwalking, rock climbing and rafting as well as learning various forms of rescue and first aid.

Sport courses

Bachelor of Sport Management

A degree in sports management can lead to roles in sports development or sport administration or as a business manager or agent and many more. There are not that many courses on offer and places are in high demand. The University of Technology Sydney has a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Management which is cutting edge. The course is 3 years at their new Moore Park precinct. It covers the perfect mix of both the sports side including physiology and nutrition, as well as the business side of things such as marketing and event management. It also provides a pathway to those interested in a Master in Physiotherapy.