New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Leadership (Instruction) (Level 5)

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This qualification is for outdoor recreation professionals who operate independently and provide instruction and leadership for participants during a specific outdoor activity.

Completing the Outdoor Leadership (Instruction) certificate will equip you to lead and instruct a specific outdoor recreation activity, in line with your organisation's Safety Management System.

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To enrol in this programme, you need to be working in outdoor recreation, in a paid job, self-employed, or as a volunteer with regular and consistent shifts.

If you don't have a role lined up, contact us to talk about how we can help.

This 80-credit qualification is designed to be completed in about 12 months.

You'll be trained, observed and assessed in the workplace. Your assessments will be completed online.

You will complete the Outdoor Instructor Fundamentals module, as well as an activity elective from the list above. 

Key learning areas in the Outdoor Instructor Fundamentals module are:

  • Independently planning, preparing and instructing safe and enjoyable outdoor recreation activities and facilitating skill progression in a dynamic outdoor environment
  • Exercising judgement to plan, prepare for and instruct an outdoor recreation activity that is consistent with the Safety Management System of an organisation, including being able to assess and manage an emergency care situation
  • Role modelling the principles of kaitiakitanga that incorporate respect for the tikanga and kawa of local iwi or hapū, sustainability, and the environment in which they are operating
  • Applying pedagogical practices to create a sequenced programme of learning that meets the needs of learners in the outdoors.

Once you've achieved your Outdoor Leadership (Instruction) certificate, you will be registered with the New Zealand Register of Recreation Professionals. You can keep your registration current by re-registering every three years.

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