Please note:  This course is now Tuition Fee Free since 1st September 2018.
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Would you like to actively contribute to the quality of life of others through providing Phillips Institute NRT logolifestyle programs?  Want to learn how to design, implement and evaluate health and leisure activities and programs for clients in residential facilities and/or in community agencies and day centres?  Gain recognition for your existing skills or upgrade your knowledge with the Phillips Institute CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health.

This qualification will equip you with the knowledge and skills for a satisfying and important role. You may also be responsible for other workers, work under professional supervision or as a sole practitioner.


While the full duration of this program is 12 months, some individuals may be able to complete in a shorter time frame where relevant prior skills, knowledge and experience are demonstrated.

Course intake

You can join this course at any time with our facilitator-led online or distance learning system, combined with placement or work-based learning – no need to wait for the next intake.  Our fees are very competitive and you can even choose to pay as you go, lowering your risk and allowing you to manage your program of study to suit your lifestyle – talk to us about our direct debit facility.

Related Job Outcomes: include Diversional Therapist; Recreation Officer,
Lifestyle Co-ordinator, Activities Officer


CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLAH005 Incorporate lifespan development and sociological concepts into leisure and health programming
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCLAH003* Participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of individual leisure and health programs
CHCLAH004* Participate in planning leisure and health programs for clients with complex needs
CHCLAH006 Coordinate planning, implementation and monitoring of leisure and health programs**
CHCLAH008 Provide leisure education**
CHCLAH009 Apply concepts of human psychology to facilitate involvement in leisure programs
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCLAH002* Contribute to leisure and health programming
CHCLAH001 Work effectively in the leisure and health industries
BSBMGT502 Manage people performance
CHCDIS009 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach*
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability*
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing*
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia*
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion*
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people*
CHCAGE003 Coordinate services for older people*

*listed electives may be subject to change

Entry Requirements

To be successful in this course, you must have strong spoken and written English language skills. You will be required to undergo a Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills assessment prior to beginning this course. It is recommended that applicants have already gained a CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health or equivalent, together with relevant work experience – graduates of the Certificate IV may be eligible for credit in some subjects.

What students say

“After completing my course I started my own company.  The course was a pivotal step in this process. Thanks”.
Jade, 2016

“I am now working within my local Council’s planned activity groups, as a casual relieving program leader.  I have never felt happier in a job before, every day I learn more and am so very grateful for the opportunities that have come as a result of you sharing your wealth of knowledge with me.  I feel as though I’ve been given a fresh start in life, and am determined to make the most of it”.
Jacinda, 2013

Recognition of Prior Learning*

If you are already designing and delivering an Activities Program, and wish to formalise your qualifications, or

If you hold the CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health, or have other related experience and/or qualifications …you could complete this course in reduced time.

* More information about our RPL policy is in the Student Handbook – please consult for more information about recognition processes and credit transfer.