Leisure Facility Management A (Introduction) Online Course

Leisure Facility Management A (Introduction) Online Course Sale!
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Home Study Leisure Facility Management. This comprehensive introductory course focuses on the management and development of recreational facilities and will enhance your ability to plan and advise on facilities for a range of recreation and fitness activities. This course can be taken on its own or as part of a higher level qualification. This course is useful and appropriate for anyone working in Leisure Centre Management, Event Management or even the Tourism or Resort industries.

There are two parts to this course:

Part 1: A comprehensive introductory course focusing on the management and development or redevelopment of recreation facilities.  Subjects cover the nature of recreation and fitness facilities, legal requirements during construction, the management of minor construction projects and evaluating fitness and recreation equipment.  The course is an accredited Advanced Diploma module.

Part 2: This course develops skills to manage day to day operations of facilities such as gyms, health clubs, swimming pools, or recreation facilities.  The course deals with managing bookings, purchasing, safety, contingencies and insurance.

Course Aims:

  • Explain the scope of work involved in the management of recreation and fitness facilities.
  • Explain the nature of recreation and fitness facilities, including their physical characteristics and their management requirements.
  • Explain the legal aspects which must be satisfied by construction work projects. Plan the management of construction work projects for different recreation facilities.
  • Explain the suitability and management of equipment for a given purposes in indoor recreation or fitness facilities (Part A – Indoor Equipment).
  • Explain the suitability and management of equipment for given purposes in outdoor recreation or fitness facilities (Part B – Outdoor Equipment).
  • Develop safety procedures for a recreation facility.
  • Determine equipment needed for a sports or fitness facility. Purchase new equipment for a recreation or fitness facility.
  • Manage the bookings for use of a recreation facility.
  • Develop contingency plans to deal with likely emergencies in recreation and fitness industry workplaces.
  • Manage insurance issues for a recreation or fitness facility.
  • Develop a plan for managing the use of a specific recreation facility.


Detailed Course Outline

Each course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

There are 13 Lessons in this course:

The Scope of Recreation Facility Management

  • Introduction
  • Scope of Community Recreation Services
  • Exercise Facilities
  • Town Planning
  • Survey
  • Structural Planning
  • Systems Planning
  • Advocacy Planning
  • Central Place Theory
  • Scope and Distribution of Leisure Facilities

The Nature of Recreation Facility Management

  • Multidisciplinary Approach to Management
  • The Administrative Process
  • Planning for Play
  • Planning Processes

Legal Requirements for Construction

  • Introduction
  • Construction
  • Health
  • Special Events
  • Liability and Negligence
  • Minimising Liability
  • Risk Management

Planning Construction Work

  • Work Scheduling
  • Planning Management of the Construction
  • Competitive Tendering
  • Contingency Plans for Disruption to Work

Indoor Equipment

  • Types of Recreation Buildings
  • Indoor Equipment and Facilities
  • General Requirements; access, security, lighting, toilets, parking, signage, staff facilities, etc
  • Needs for Specific Facility Types; swimming centres, community centres, gymnasium, etc
  • Selection Criteria for Equipment
  • Conducting a Cost Analysis

Outdoor Equipment

  • Introduction
  • All Purpose Sports Ground
  • Tennis Courts
  • Bowling Club
  • Camp and Caravan Sites
  • Water Recreation; sailing, water skiing, power boating, canoeing, etc
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic Areas
  • Riding School, etc

Safety Procedures

  • Duty of Care; employer, employee, other person, manufacturer.
  • Lifting and Manual Handling
  • Protective Equipment
  • Chemical Handling
  • Protecting Hearing
  • Accidents
  • Safety Risk Analysis
  • Safety Audit
  • Safe Communication
  • Safety Out Doors
  • Water Safety: safety in pools
  • First Aid
  • Safety on Sports Turf

Equipment Needs

  • Gym Equipment
  • Types of Equipment
  • Sports Equipment
  • Track and Athletics Equipment
  • Determining Equipment Needs for different sports
  • Tennis
  • Dancing
  • Scouts, Youth Clubs, Other Clubs, Play groups, etc


  • Introduction to Purchasing Procedures
  • Tendering
  • Purchasing and Payment Procedures


  • Controlling Facility Use
  • Exclusive Bookings
  • Using Facilities without Prior Bookings
  • Keeping Records of Bookings
  • Procedure for Filing
  • Active and Inactive Records


  • Introduction to Contingency Procedures
  • Accidents
  • Evacuation
  • Staff Absence
  • Fire Management
  • Indoor and Outdoor Facilities

Insurance Issues

  • Introduction
  • Types of Insurance
  • Staff Liability
  • Determining Insurance Requirements for a Facility
  • Insurance Limitations
  • Changing Insurance Needs
  • Managing Insurance
  • Insurance for Contributory Negligence
  • Recreation Leaders
  • Quality Systems

Managing a Recreation Facility

  • Building Maintenance
  • Repairs
  • Bookings
  • Controlling Facility Use
  • Keeping Records
  • Promoting a Facility
  • Managing Aquatic Facilities
  • Toilet and Locker room Facilities
  • Security; security systems, vandalism, ignorant acts, vindictive acts
  • Minimising Vandalism

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    Course Tutor

    Jodie Walpole Bachelor of Applied Science (Food & Nutrition), Advanced Practitioner in Life Coaching

    Jodie is a qualified Nutritionist and Advanced Practitioner in Life Coaching.  Jodie brings to Careerline over 15 years corporate nutrition and health experience as a result of working for several large multinational food and beverage companies.  Jodie is passionate about all aspects of nutrition, health and wellness with particular interest in weight management and childhood obesity.   More recently Jodie completed her Advanced Practitioner of Life Coaching course and is a certified Life Coach with hours of practical experience.  As a Life Coach Jodie enjoys working with clients to close the gap between where they are currently in their lives and where they want to be.  Jodie is also an experienced tutor enjoying the challenge of working with students to reach their full potential.

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