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Certificate of Leisure and Recreation Program Design – Aged Sector


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

A career in the aged-care sector offers genuine employment opportunities plus the opportunity to make real difference in the lives of others. It’s a feel-good career choice as your job is to enrich the quality of life of those with barriers to their health and wellbeing.

The Certificate of Leisure and Recreation Program Design – Aged Sector is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to design and coordinate recreation and leisure activity programs for the aged sector.

This online recreation and leisure program will equip you with the theoretical and practical skills to be able to assist with the creation, implementation and evaluation of leisure and activity programs for older people.

This is an ideal course of study for those currently working in the aged sector or for those interested in pursuing entry-level roles such as Activities Officer, Diversional Therapy Assistant, Community Leisure Officer or Recreation Activities Officer.

Course Structure

Unit 1 - Contribute to leisure and health programming

  • Develop activity / program plans
  • Consultation with health professional
  • Client needs and interests
  • Program criteria
  • Risk assessment
  • Prepare activity / program plan
  • Operational arrangements
  • Implementation and evaluation strategies
  • Develop goals and outcomes
  • Organisation procedures and protocols
  • Program reflects accepted good practice
  • Program equipment and resources
  • Choose location
  • Encourage client participation
  • Promote activity / program
  • Identify program users
  • Design and distribute information
  • Motivational strategies
  • Deliver program
  • Health and safety
  • Contingency plans
  • Evaluate program effectiveness

Unit 2 - Older people's leisure and recreation programs

  • Leisure, health and recreation
  • Lifespan considerations
  • Goals and monitoring
  • Fitness testing
  • Involving medical practitioners
  • Barriers to participation
  • Lifestyle practices
  • Pain and dementia
  • Risk management
  • Duty of care
  • Contingency plans
  • Program feasibility
  • Writing, documenting
  • Timetabling programs
  • Program evaluation

Unit 3 - Apply concepts of human psychology to facilitate involvement in leisure programs

  • Social psychology of leisure
  • Analyse concepts
  • Motivation and freedom
  • Key behaviour aspects
  • Activity preferences
  • Environment
  • Enjoyment
  • Psychological benefits
  • Aspects of wellbeing
  • Individual satisfaction
  • Lifespan development
  • Developing strategies
  • Music and movement
  • Assist pain management
  • Catastrophism
  • Relaxation training
  • Visual imagery and distraction
  • Communication
  • Developing plans
  • Behaviour management
  • Performance indicators


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Payment Information

Certificate Course



  • 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;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




  • Leisure & Lifestyle Coordinator
  • Social Support Group Coordinator
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Aged Care Life Style Coordinator
  • Best value option
  • Includes unlimited access


  • $150 deposit
  • $25/week
  • No credit checks required