<small>Certificate in </small><span>Recreation</span>

Certificate in Recreation

Course Code VRE001
Qualification Certificate
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online & Correspondence
Duration 600 Hours

Certificate in Recreation VRE001

This course will help you get a job in the recreation industry!

This is a career that will:

  • get you outdoors
  • keep you active
  • allow for opportunities to work with different groups people
  • let you have fun too, for example go adventure climbing
  • get you involved in fitness and sports development 
  • aid you to be responsible for event managment

The only limit is your imagination!

The course involves 30 lessons plus practical assignments covering the nature and scope of leisure studies, recreation, leadership principles and practices, fitness and fitness testing, managing recreation facilities, first aid, staff supervision and management, marketing, budgeting, tourism, youth leadership, sports, crafts, environmental activities, organising exhibitions and more.

There are 30 lessons and 30 assignments as follows:

  1. Introduction to Recreation   
  2. The Nature and Scope of Recreation
  3. History of Recreation           
  4. Planning Recreation Programs
  5. Leadership
  6. Introduction to Fitness
  7. Fitness Testing 
  8. Developing an Exercise Program
  9. Herb Crafts 
  10. Planning for Recreation Facilities
  11. Parks and Playgrounds 
  12. Play leadership
  13. Recreation for Special Populations 
  14. Sports in Recreation
  15. Introduction to Gardening   
  16. Gardening in Recreation
  17. Tourism            
  18. Understanding People
  19. Communication skills A - writing. 
  20. Communication Skills B - speaking.
  21. Photography and Recreation  
  22. Environmental Studies
  23. Environmental Activities  
  24. Youth Leadership
  25. First Aid         
  26. Office Management
  27. Staff Supervision      
  28. Organising an Event
  29. Marketing       
  30. Budgeting


  • Develop an understanding of the meaning of recreation.
  • Define what falls within the nature and scope of recreation in the recreation industry.
  • Examine some historical changes in the nature and availability of recreational activities.
  • Identify all factors which should be considered when planning a recreation program.
  • Identify opportunities and requirements for leadership in the field of recreation.
  • Identify and discuss key elements of fitness and their relationship to leisure and recreation.
  • Discuss uses of fitness testing and identify methods that can be used.
  • Identify factors to be considered when developing an exercise program that is recreational in nature, and relevant to different needs.
  • Identify and plan ways to use herbs in recreational activities.
  • Identify key requirements of recreation facilities, and how to incorporate them into planning.
  • Identify key functions and kinds of parks and playgrounds.
  • Identify requirements and skills in particular to planning and managing children’s recreation. 
  • Understand some needs of special populations to be considered when planning and managing recreation.
  • Understand the recreational aspect of sports and how to develop it in recreational programs.
  • Learn some basic gardening principles, and consider how they might be relevant to a recreational program. 
  • Describe gardening activities as recreational pursuits.
  • Explain tourism activities as recreational pursuits.
  • Discuss the significance of people skills to recreation industry operations.
  • Communicate effectively with people through writing, as a recreation industry employee.
  • Communicate effectively with people through speaking, as a recreation industry employee.
  • Explain the use of photographic activities as a recreation pursuit.
  • Relate environmental issues to recreation.
  • Explain the use of environmental activities as a recreation pursuit.
  • Determine recreation needs of the youth demographic.
  • Determine the provision of first aid in recreation settings.
  • Discuss management of a recreation service office.
  • Explain the supervision of staff in a recreation setting.
  • Plan the organisation of an event.
  • Prepare a budget for a recreation programme, service or event.

For more information on this course, please request your free course information pack.

Finance options

If you are an Irish citizen you may be eligible to receive financial support, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are a resident of Ireland, you may also be eligible to receive a student grant under the Student Grant Scheme

Student support

We live in a society where the pressures of daily living are high with financial expenses, personal and work commitments, and mortgage and rental obligations. Then there are the unexpected life challenges that also get thrown our way. With this in mind the thought of taking on study can be daunting for most people. Here at Learning Cloud we understand that life doesn’t run in a straight line it has many ups and downs.

As an enrolled student at Learning Cloud, you are entitled to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Services Unit. These supports are designed to walk beside you throughout your studies they will assist you in life’s ups and downs to provide you the best opportunity to successfully complete your chosen course.


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  • Parent support
  • Reasonable Adjustment Plan (RAP)

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How will this course advance my career?

Learning Cloud programs have been developed in response to industry demand and are specifically designed to equip graduates with work-ready skills. Each participant will be trained and assessed in theory and in practical tasks and Real-world exercises are used throughout the program.

Studies prove, time and again, that college-educated workers earn more than those with only a high school qualification. College graduates often enjoy additional benefits, including greater job opportunities and promotions. Though the proof for greater earning potential exists, some might wonder whether the cost of the education warrants the overall expense in the long run.

College Graduate vs. Non-Graduate Earnings

The National Centre for Education Statistics (NCES) analyses employee earnings data biennially, according to education level. Findings indicate that workers with a qualification earn significantly more than those without. Since the mid-1980s, education has played a large part in potential wages, with bachelor's degree holders taking home an average of 66% more than those with only a high school diploma do. While college-educated workers' wages have increased over the past two decades, those with only a high school education have seen decreases in annual salaries in the same time period (nces.ed.gov).

How else will I benefit from studying with Learning Cloud?

  • Studying online or distance means you can study where you want and at your own pace.
  • Receive career-focused training with practical, hands-on learning.
  • All course materials are provided and all digital platforms are interactive, work on any device and designed to be fun.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning or Skills Recognition may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.