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

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1 year

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Students in this programme will learn to identify, demonstrate, and apply appropriate knowledge and skills of all outdoor environments and experiences. This programme will teach safe, effective leadership practices though outdoor rock climbing, caving, bush tramping, canoeing and kayaking, as well as alpine experience field trips.

Learning takes place in class and on field trips. Students will typically spend every second week on field trips, where they can put their learning into practice.

Students will need to equip themselves with a basic outdoor kit, including: sleeping bag, pack, boots, raincoat, and head torch.


  • Introduction to the Outdoors
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leadership
  • Outdoor Kaitiakitanga and Tikanga
  • Outdoor Safety Management
  • Technical Outdoor Development One
  • Technical Outdoor Development Two
  • Outdoor Leadership
  • Outdoor Performance

Career/further opportunities

Graduates of this qualification may be eligible to apply for full registration on the New Zealand Register of Recreation Professionals (NZRRP). Graduates may gain employment or become self-employed in paid or voluntary adventure tourism and guiding/instructional jobs, in areas such as: sea kayaking, rafting, caving, ski field activities, and canoeing..

Entry criteria

Applicants are required to have completed:

  • a relevant course at NZQF Level 2;
  • or equivalent.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

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