Being away from ‘civilization’ means you are vulnerable if you exhaust yourself, your supplies or you suffer an injury. And whether it’s on a day or overnight trip, adventurers need to be supported by people with an adequate level of survival skills… just in case! This course is ideal for those with a recreational interest in wilderness exploration including tour guides, scout leaders, rangers, campground managers, outdoor equipment suppliers and eco-tour business owners.
The Certificate of Bushcraft and Survival is an online program that will prepare you for challenges you and others are likely to encounter when you take an excursion into a natural area.
In this professional development course, you will gain an understanding of wilderness areas, natural resources, camping and the equipment required, and how to navigate, gain protection from the elements and deal with emergencies.
You will also study a range of water-based and passive and active land-based activities, including orienteering, horse riding, mountain biking, abseiling, snow skiing, snorkelling, sailing and white-water rafting.
On completion of this course, you will have the skills, knowledge and self-confidence to be prepared to survive in the wilderness, no matter what challenges our natural world throws at you!
Unit 1 - Understanding wilderness areas
Understanding impacts of weather on wilderness activities – highs and lows, thunderstorms, atmospheric pressure changes in storms, guide to weather symbols.
Participant fitness levels – testing current physical fitness and further tests
Unit 2 - Equipment
Equipping to survive – minimum essential items for the survival kit, additional items, individual medical kit
Essential items for wilderness travel
Liability and insurance
Unit 3 - Protection from the elements
First Aid Procedures
Hyperthermia (heat exhaustion)
Building a wilderness shelter
Lighting a fire
Unit 4 - Natural resources
Finding water – plan ahead to find water, how much water do you need? Landscape vegetation and animal signs, things to avoid, making an above ground still, soakage water, water from tree roots
Case study – survival story
Bush tucker or survival food – Australian bush tucker foods.
Preparation of plant food.
Animals for food
Use of bush tucker food
Unit 5 - Navigation
Navigation and direction finding – how to use a compass, map reading, longitude and latitude, scale, contour lines, estimating distances, pacing.
Navigation by the sun, moon and stars
Unit 6 - Dealing with emergencies
Venomous creatures – snakes – symptoms of a poisonous bite, first aid, arachnids – first aid, marine creatures – jelly fish, cone shell, first aid, scorpionfish, lionfish and stonefish – first aid, other dangerous marine creatures.
Carnivorous mammals – bears, big cats
Unit 7 - Camping
Setting up camp
Camping – different styles of camping
Successful camp programming
Unit 8 - Passive land based activities
Environmental activities for children
Unit 9 - Water based adventure activities
Some water-based activities – snorkelling, scuba, sailing, speed boating and jet skiing, canoeing, white-water rafting, water skiing
Unit 10 - Active land based adventure activities
Activities – abseiling, hang gliding, rock climbing, snow skiing, snowboarding
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.