There are criteria for admission to this course, view them below.

Bushwalking Leadership SA training checklist

Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants must:

1. Hold a Bushwalking Basic Skills Certificate or provide evidence of competency.

This means applicants must be able to demonstrate and verify that they have completed walks where they have had to use navigation techniques, general bushcraft techniques. This can be done by:

(1) Provide evidence of a Basic Skills Bushwalking Certificate.


Gain Recognition of Current Competency or Skills Recognition (RCC or SR) in writing to the Training, Assessing, Advisory Panel, c/- Bushwalking Leadership SA, PO Box 564 Hove, SA, 5048. This can be included with your application forms.

Should you choose this option, you require verification from one of the following:

  • Qualified BLSA leader, a signed letter or email from them stating your suitability
  • A signed letter from another appropriate source of your suitability. (e.g. Uni Lecturer / Scout Leader / Army / Outdoor Education Teacher etc)

2. Be over the age of 18 years.

3. Hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate.

4. Be prepared to undergo a police check if required

5. Have a minimum level of experience in bushwalking trips in the past three years, totalling at least 10 full days of walking. (This experience must contain at least one trip of three or more days duration. Only overnight, pack carrying trips including tenting are to be counted). Please note that some consideration will be given to those that do not have the required number of days experience bushwalking but have other experiences such as overnight ski-touring, the Day-walk Leaders Certificate, experience with canoe/kayak expeditions or similar.

6. Applicants entering the Bushwalking leadership Certificate course are expected to have a good level of fitness and own bushwalking gear that is of a reasonable enough standard to equip them for overnight, pack-carrying walks.



  • Enrolments will be limited to approximately 40 places each year.
  • Applications on the attached form must be accompanied by a copy of your senior first aid certificate, and the appropriate fee.
  • Applications will be accepted up to 2 weeks prior to the course. Late applications will attract an additional fee of $115.00.


Bushwalking Assistant Leadership Certificate Training

  • Full fee paying participants $740.00
  • + Text Book Purchase (incl. p&h) $60.00

These costs cover enrolment, instruction, course materials & maps, and all campsite fees for the overnight workshops and  3-day expedition. You will need to provide your own food and equipment for the course.

To gain full Bushwalking Leadership Certification, further fees are payable for each training module.

These are:

  • Technical skills Assessment $180.00
  • Group Management Assessment $320.00

Advanced Certificate

To gain Advanced Bushwalking Leadership Certification, further fees are payable for each training module.

These are:

  • General Mountain Training $ (to be confirmed)

General Fees Information

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