CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health

The skills and knowledge gained from the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health will enable you to improve the quality of life opportunities for individuals who experience barriers to participation in recreation and leisure.

Breakthrough society’s barriers and provide quality-of-life opportunities to those in need by completing the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health.

For many, participating in a range of leisure, health, and recreational activities is not something they can be taken for granted.

This course will teach you how to provide quality-of-life opportunities for individuals who experience barriers to participation in recreation and leisure. Your clients may range from people with disabilities, older people, youth, children, families, corporate organisations, those in respite, and those with variable education levels and diverse backgrounds.  You will gain the ability to challenge and enhance the psychological, social, emotional, and physical well-being of those in your community and the confidence to seek out opportunities that utilise your skills.

With 240 hours of practical placement, you will graduate with real workplace experience, aiding your employment prospects and your ability to truly help others.

On graduation, dependent on completion of relevant work experience, you will be able to apply for full membership with Diversional Therapy Australia (DTA).

You will learn to

  • Plan and implement leisure and recreational activity programs
  • Provide leisure education
  • Identify individual needs and abilities
  • Assess the client’s level of interest and capability in a range of activities
  • Encourage and support participation
  • Train and supervise volunteers and other staff
  • Access community resources

Career Opportunities

Community Services which is one of the fastest growing sectors for jobs in Australia. It’s estimated that 50,000+ new jobs will be created within the industry by 2023 (reference joboutlook.gov.au).

Leisure and Health is a growing sub-sector of Community Services with increasing levels of people requiring assistance to undertake even the most basic of tasks such as shopping or maintaining levels of activity.

Job Roles include:

  • Diversional Therapist
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Community and Leisure Coordinator
  • Lifestyle Coordinator
  • Leisure Services Coordinator/Manager

Industry Accreditation

Australis College graduates of this qualification are recognised by Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia as eligible to apply for Full Membership.

Please refer to the DRTA website for information regarding the membership application process and any associated fees.

University Articulation

Australis has partnered with Western Sydney University to create an articulation agreement for credit in the WSU Bachelor of Health Science (80cps). 

View the agreement here. Entry is subject to Western Sydney University standards.

Australis has partnered with University of Southern Queensland to create an articulation agreement for credit in the USQ Bachelor of Human Services (for up to 8 electives)

View the agreement here. Entry is subject to University of Southern Queensland standards.

Australis has partnered with Griffith University to create an articulation agreement for credit in the Bachelor of Sport Development (30/40 CP).

View the agreement here. Entry is subject to Griffith University standards.


You have access to the course for 24 months but you can complete faster than this if you wish.

Delivery & Support

The course is delivered via Blended learning, combining online study with practical ‘work experience’ placement.

Content is delivered primarily online and includes live chat sessions and ‘virtual’ classrooms which provide you with direct access to industry experts. Attendance at the live sessions is optional but strongly recommended.

During the course, you need to locate and undertake 240 hours of ‘work experience’ placement with a suitable community services organisation.


There are 22 subjects in the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health.


There are no exams when completing the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health.

You test your learning by completing quiz questions, open-book self-paced assessment activities throughout each subject and 240 hours of work placement. All subjects include a free re-submission if you are not successful on your first attempt.

If you already have the skills and knowledge required to attain any (or all) of these subjects, you might like to enrol as ‘Assessment Only’. This Recognition of Prior Learning means you don’t have to study those subjects again, instead just doing the assessments for a reduced course price. For more details please speak with the Course Consultants.

Entry Requirements

We recommend you have language, literacy and numeracy skills sufficient to allow you to interpret documents and prepare written reports in order to complete the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health.

You need access to an internet-connected computer for the duration of the course.

If you intend to apply for a Loan or Funding option (where available) to pay for your tuition fees, additional entry criteria may apply as detailed in the Pricing Options.

While it is not an entry requirement for the course, you need to undergo a police check to work in the industry, plus obtain a Blue Card if working with children under 18. We recommend you do this before you enrol.

Practical Placement

To be assessed as competent in the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health you must complete 240 hours of supervised work placements in relevant community service settings e.g. direct client work or community education or development, 20 hours of which needs to be completed within an Aged Care facility. Evidence provided by your supervisor will contribute to the assessment of your ability to work at this level. It is your responsibility to locate placements however the College will assist where possible.



Option 1: Payment Plan

Interest-free payment plans from as little as $57 per week. Discounts apply for upfront payments and/or group enrolments. For more details, click here.

Option 2: Study Loan

Study Loans (a private lender), will progressively loan you the tuition fee. The loan, plus interest, is repaid over a maximum 4-year term, from as little as $53 per week. For more details, click here.

Or for something completely different…Subscription

Australis is the only place you can access Subscription, the lowest risk and most flexible way there is to get qualified or stay current. For more details, click here.

How to Enrol

You may be required to provide completed documentation and Identification to complete your enrolment or complete a Core Skills assessment to help ensure the course is suitable for you.

Reasons to study the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health with Australis College include:

Course Content

We wrote the course ourselves, authored by practitioners who are not just qualified trainers but who have worked in various leisure and health and community services roles for many years.

Always check out the course content (and learning platform) BEFORE you enrol. Is it current, contextualised and engaging, or generic off the shelf content? Content quality will make or break your learning experience.

Trainer Experience

Our trainers work in the industry. They do what you want to do, and they will show you how it really works. (Check out the trainers and assessors of other providers, make sure they are not just academics or former students but have actually worked in the industry and been everything from Leisure Officers through to Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinators).

Having a great trainer is critical to graduating with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Placement Hours

We love placement – it is the best way to get real-world experience, improve your skills and increase your employability. For this reason, we recommend new entrants do as much placement as possible…but only up until they are ready to start paid employment.

There is a minimum of 240 hours of placement for the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health, and you only need sufficient hours to complete the workplace-based assessments and any potential role-plays.


Our CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health has been reviewed and approved as providing credit towards numerous Degrees including the University of Southern Queensland, Western Sydney’s University, and Griffith University.

Check the other provider’s articulation agreements. Have they had their Diploma of Community Services vetted and approved by a University?

But wait….there’s more!

Your time and your career are too important to risk with the wrong training provider. For more details on choosing a training provider, please also take a look at Why Australis?