Diploma of Sport and
Recreation Management

National Course Code | SIS50115
CRICOS Course Code | 090570J

Course Overview

The Diploma of Sport & Recreation Management is for students who want to gain management skills whilst further enhancing their expertise in the fitness industry.

Job Outcomes

The program outcomes for this course are:

  • Workers qualified in this course are primarily employed as personal trainers in a fitness or leisure facility or in their own business. Possible job titles include; Advanced Personal Trainer, Fitness Services Coordinator, Personal Training Manager, Fitness Director, Gym Manager, Facility Manager, Centre Fitness Manager & Sports Coordinator.
  • This qualification provides a pathway to work in a diversity of fitness industry businesses including fitness centres, gyms, aquatic facilities, community facilities and in open spaces, where risk management (through risk assessment and hazard control processes) does not already exist.

    Quick Facts


    SIS50115 – Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management 

    CRICOS Course Code



    Full Time 12 months
    (4 Terms x 10 Weeks)




    Advanced Personal Trainer, Fitness Services Coordinator, Personal Training Manager, Fitness Director, Gym Manager, Facility Manager, Centre Fitness Manager & Sports Coordinator.


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    Marketing the Sport and Recreation Organisation
    Business Planning and Operations
    Legislation and Compliance
    Human Resources Management
    Accounting and Financial Management
    Advanced Personal Training Techniques
    Health Promotion
    Injury Prevention Management

    The Fitness Specialist modules are conducted as hands-on practical classes which are typically held in a fitness centre or gym environment as the classroom.

    Units of Competency within the Course
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    Entry Requirements - Skills, Knowledge and Experience

    The learner group for this qualification are people wishing to gain a qualification in order to work in the sport and recreation industry in a management or organisational capacity. These individuals have a high degree of autonomy and manage the effective provision of services or programs in locations such as fitness centres, sporting grounds or complexes, leisure and aquatic centres and community recreation centres.

    Individuals who undertake the Diploma will also develop collaborative programs across various health and wellness sectors. These individuals have substantial depth of knowledge to plan, conduct and evaluate advanced exercise programs using principles of program design, and progressed anatomy and physiology knowledge to support the delivery of functional, effective and safe exercise programs. They have knowledge of relevant local and national health networks, and the skills to build and maintain stakeholder relationships.

    The learner group are those who require a structured, classroom-based program with significant practical experience.

    Entrants must have:

    • Successfully completed the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) online test. Please note that if you are applying for more than one course with us, you will only need to complete the LLN online test once. Students returning to studies at ALG after a significant gap may be required to complete the LLN online test at the discretion of ALG. For more details on how to complete the online test, please refer to 8.Appendix_Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements Factsheet.The purpose of the LLN online test is to ensure that you have the LLN skills needed to undertake your course. It will also show how we can assist you in any areas where you may need help while studying with us.
    • Sufficient level of English proficiency in order to interact with and document client interactions, interpret documents, learner guides and assessment tools, prepare written reports and plans. For more information, please view our English Requirements Factsheet.
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills in order to establish and manage professional networks and client relationships with clients of various ages and backgrounds.

    Academic Entry Requirements

    • Year 12 or equivalent and above.

    The learners’ physical attributes may influence their ability to complete the training and assessment for this course. Assessment and training requires students to be physically capable of performing a range of fitness activities and using a range of gym equipment. Manual handling is also required.

    Students need to be able to relate to clients of differing ages and backgrounds, have a keen interest to assist clients to reach their exercise goals, have good problem solving skills, sound literacy and numeracy skills, be enthusiastic, tactful, patient and have a sense of humour.

    The course is aimed at students 18 and over.

    Amount of Training, Volume of learning, Mode of Study and Course Expectations

    This program is timetabled for 800 hours over a course duration of 52 weeks. This time is divided into both training (on campus and self-paced, distance) and assessment. Students will be required to attend the campus for 150 hours per term and engage in self-paced study of 50 hours per term. A term is typically 10 weeks.

    The amount of training component is estimated at 80% of the students overall learning (640 hours) and the remaining 20% (160 hours) is attributed to assessment. If required, students have the option to further extend their training hours with additional catch up classes, study groups and resits as published in the timetable.

    The volume of learning refers to the total amount of time that a student would be expected to dedicate to successful completion of the course. It includes the structured part of the course as defined above, as well as the self-study, research and practising of skills that a student would do in their own time. The total Volume of Learning is estimated at 1200 hours (800 structured hours and 400 unstructured). Some students may find that they need more study time and others will find that they can achieve the required level of knowledge and skills in less time than this estimate.

    Training and Assessment

    Your classroom learning will take place in theory classrooms. The training will also take place in working gyms. This means your classroom will have similar equipment, educational and physical resources to those you will find in the gym or fitness centre.

    Where possible, students will be allocated to different gyms throughout their course, in order to experience different standards of facilities and resources. This will mean that students are able to modify their programming based on the resources that are available to them.

    In your classes, you can expect to take the role of client and personal trainer or sport and recreation manager, engage in roleplays, create programs and simulate learning activities that you will then put into practice in the workplace. You will learn and develop your knowledge to plan for your clients’ care or stakeholders’ needs.

    In addition, you will be required to undertake self-paced learning and submit written assessments. A number of practical and skills based assessments will be undertaken in class.

    Assessment Methods

    • Written Knowledge Assessments
    • Case Studies
    • Presentations
    • Role Play – Simulated Workplace Situation
    • Projects
    • Practical Demonstrations

    Practical classes

    Students will undertake half of your timetabled study program in a working gym. In this practical you will be learning and practising the skills you will be able to use in your own workplace. In order to successfully complete this component of your study, you will have to successfully complete a range of tasks including a logbook and practical exam.

    Training locations

    Your training will occur on campus and within a gym as appropriate.

    Please refer to the course timetable for the campus locations.

    Student Support

    The primary learning support comes from Student Services or the training and assessment team.

    Student Advisors offer support throughout a learner’s studies and can help with the following information:

    • Support services
    • LLN services (in collaboration with the Training and Assessment team)
    • Legal services
    • Emergency and health services
    • Facilities and resources
    • Complaints and appeals processes
    • Deferments

    Additional sources of student services information available includes:

    • Student Services Booklet
    • ALG Student Handbook
    • Online Student Centres – found on our websites
    • Plus a variety of individual factsheets, flyers or electronic messages
    Student Requirements
    • All students attending practical classes at a gym must wear appropriate gym clothing and shoes and bring a towel to all practical classes. Some practical classes may be conducted outdoors so students should also carry appropriate sun protection and clothing to all classes in event class is conducted outdoors. A water bottle is also highly recommended for students to carry every class.
    • All students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet device to participate in all theory classes. They are not provided for students. Refer to the BYOD Policy in the student handbook.
    • To maximise the chance of a student successfully completing their training, ALG attempts to identify any support individual learners need prior to their enrollment or commencement. Some of the ways to identify learning needs is to ask all prospective students to self-assess. So prior to enrolling please ensure i) you can meet all course requirements (listed in this course overview) ii) you nominate any learning needs they have prior to enrollment either by contacting us or on your application/enrolment forms  and iii) consider booking a trial lesson if you have any doubts the course may not be suitable for you from an educational, cultural or other reason. Please refer to Section A3 of the student handbook for details.
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