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

Learn the core skills and knowledge you need to work in the outdoor adventure industry including kayaking, rafting, rock climbing and tramping, mountain biking, nutrition, health, physical and psychological performance, and leadership. 

About the programme

A great first step into outdoor and adventure education.

Enjoy studying in Wanaka, Central Otago, New Zealand’s best outdoor classroom and the country’s epicentre of outdoor pursuits. Take your gap year within New Zealand and get the chance grow your personal and life skills.

Our Certificate will provide you with the core skills and knowledge you need to work in the outdoor adventure industry, including kayaking, rafting, rock climbing and tramping, mountain biking, nutrition, health, physical and psychological performance, and leadership. 

It will also enhance your understanding and skills in leadership, personal communication, group interaction, tikanga, kawa of mana whenua and sustainable practice. 

Graduates could engage in paid or volunteer roles as a trainee instructor, leader or guide within community and private outdoor or adventure education/recreation/tourism providers. You may also be eligible to apply for full registration on the New Zealand Register of Recreation Professionals (NZRRP). 

Courses

Course

Description

Kayaking

Develop and apply knowledge and skills in the pursuit of kayaking, to manage self and peers on Grade 2 whitewater and experience sea kayak journeys.

Rock Climbing

Develop and apply knowledge and skills to the pursuit of Rock Climbing, managing self and peers.

Mountain Biking

Develop and apply knowledge and skills in the pursuit of mountain biking, to manage self and peers, on grade 3 trails.

Rafting

Develop and apply knowledge and skills in the pursuit of rafting being able to guide a raft and perform appropriate rescues on Grade 2 whitewater.

Hautūtanga

Develop and apply contemporary knowledge of leadership and leadership theories and how these can be applied to self and peers in the outdoors.

Te Taiao

Develop practical knowledge and understanding of environmental sciences and sustainable practice in the outdoor context.

Kaitiakatanga

Develop practical knowledge and understanding in tikanga, kawa of mana whenua and sustainable practice.

At the end of this programme, you'll be able to:

  1. Manage yourself across a range of outdoor activities, taking into account equipment, weather, local conditions, logistics and safety management.
  2. Apply principles of health, physical and psychological performance to enhance personal competence and safe participation for a range of outdoor activities. 
  3. Apply a framework of kaitiakitanga that incorporates respect for the tikanga and kawa of local iwi and/or hap¯u, sustainability, and the environment in which you are operating. 
  4. Use leadership theories to inform personal leadership and leadership of peers in a range of outdoor activities. 
  5. Apply the safety management system of an organisation, including being able to respond appropriately within an emergency care situation. 
  6. Plan, prepare and lead outdoor activities in low-risk, low technical outdoor environments, under direct supervision.

Further study options

Opportunities exist for you to bridge into other Otago Polytechnic qualifications and you could increase your career prospects with our Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.