SIS50115 Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management

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

Possible job titles include:

  • competition manager
  • executive officer
  • facility manager
  • program manager
  • centre manager
  • assistant centre manager
  • volunteer coordinator
  • sports program officer
  • operations officer
  • advanced personal trainer
  • fitness services coordinator
  • personal training manager

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)




    Competition Manager, Executive Officer, Facility Manager, Program Manager, Centre Manager, Assistant Centre Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, Sports Program Officer, Operations Officer, Advanced Personal Trainer, Fitness Services Coordinator, Personal Training Manager.


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    Marketing the Sport and Recreation Organisation
    Business Planning and Operations
    Legislation and Compliance
    Human Resources Management
    Accounting and Financial Management
    Professional Practice
    Health Promotion

    The Fitness Specialist modules are conducted as hands-on practical classes where applicable 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.

    International students must:

    A prospective student does not need to provide evidence of an English test score with their application if one of the following applies:

    • Prospective student is a citizen and holds a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland.
    • Prospective student has completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland.
    • Completed at least 6 months of a Certificate IV level course in an Australian RTO.

    Please also 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.

    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 140 hours per term and engage in self-paced study of 60 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 may also take place in working gyms if it is a unit requirement.

    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

    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.
    Click here to download the Timetable for this course.

    Last reviewed: 10 October 2023

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