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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) - Te Pukenga
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New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) LEVEL 5

This course is available


Level of Study



40 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology


No two days are ever the same with a career in the Adventure Tourism and Guiding industry.

If you want to work in the great outdoors, guiding people on experiences of a lifetime, an ATG qualification can make it happen.

With our Nelson campus being located just a short distance from three national parks, and from rivers, ski fields and caves that are renowned throughout the world by adventurers, you have the ideal classroom right at your feet.

What you will Learn:

You will develop your skills in the following disciplines:

Whitewater rafting
Sea kayaking
Whitewater kayaking
Hiking, tramping & bushwalking
Snowboarding or skiing
Rock climbing

You will also develop many highly transferrable skills that will benefit you no matter where life takes you:

Personal growth
Interpersonal skills
Confidence (in yourself and others)
Risk management

and many more.

Programme structure

The programme is structured into 15-credit courses that can be studied full time (part-time in block courses). A combination of on-campus classes and overnight trips are required.

We get started early in the year, to make the most of the summer weather! Our courses are applied and practical in nature. You can expect at least 80% of your learning to take place in the outdoors.

Career opportunities

Outdoor Recreation Guide or Instructor in the fields of:

  • Rafting
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Hiking, tramping and bush walking
  • Snowboarding or skiing
  • Rock climbing
  • Canyoning
  • Outdoor educator
  • Adventure based learning

Entry criteria

New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 4), OR

Equivalent qualification, OR
Equivalent knowledge, skills, and experience

Alternative Requirements

Applicants (including those over 20 years of age) who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry Requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry by the Curriculum Manager or delegate.

English Language Requirements

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill. OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests. NZCEL - Level 3 (Applied). Language Cert - B2 Communicator International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS.

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