Otago Polytechnic

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

Location

Central Otago

Duration
One year full-time (34 teaching weeks)
Delivery

On and off campus with field trips throughout the year (some of these will be overnight)

Credits
120
Level
4
Start
February
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    17 February 2020
    29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
    12 April 2020 - 25 April 2020
    28 September 2020 - 9 October 2020

New from 2019, this redesigned and redeveloped qualification will give you the core skills and knowledge you need to work in the Outdoor and Adventure Education industry. 

A great first step into outdoor and adventure education. Enjoy studying in Central Otago, New Zealand’s best outdoor classroom and the country’s epicentre of outdoor pursuits. 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. 

Take your gap year within New Zealand and get the chance grow your personal and life skills. It will also enhance your understanding and skills in leadership, personal communication, group interaction, tikanga, kawa of mana whenua and sustainable practice. 

Graduates may be eligible to apply for full registration on the New Zealand Register of Recreation Professionals (NZRRP). 

This qualification may enable you to engage in paid or volunteer roles as a trainee instructor, leader or guide within community and private outdoor or adventure education/recreation/tourism providers. 

For more details contact the Programme Coordinator, Pete Eley (peter.eley@op.ac.nz) to discuss the programme.  

What will I be able to do when I graduate?

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  1. Manage themselves across a range of outdoor activities, taking into account 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 hapū, sustainability, and the environment in which they 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.
Entry requirements
  • Open entry

All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.

If you need to improve your English, we offer a range of English language programmes.   

All applicants for the Certificate must also:

  • Submit a log demonstrating they have completed 20 days of outdoor experience in an applicable outdoor recreation experience (tramping, camping etc)
  • Have a reasonable level of fitness including the ability to swim a minimum of 50 meters and the ability to carry a full overnight tramping pack on multi day trips.
  • It is highly recommended that you look at obtaining your full driver license as soon as possible. The outdoor industry sees the gaining of/or the ability to gain a 'P' licence as highly desirable.

Click here for an example logbook.

Additional information 

We will also require you to complete a Statement of Offences Against the Law form.

Additional costs

You will need to supply some of your own equipment during this programme. You will be sent a detailed equipment list as part of your enrolment pack.

Your workload

Your week will run from Monday to Thursday with Friday being an Independent Learning day (you are expected to practise skills learned during the programme on these days). This is a full-time programme and a typical practical week may involve between 20-30 contact hours, which may include online components. You should commit yourself to a 9.00am-4.30pm day, but these times may vary, especially during daylight saving months. In addition, there are field trips during the year when you will be required to be away for one or more nights.

What you will study

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

Kaitiakatanga

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

Further study options

If you pass this Certificate, you will be eligible for entry into our New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 5)*. This is replacing our Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management (Level 5). Opportunities exist for you to bridge into other Institute of Sport and Adventure qualifications and you could increase your career prospects with our Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

*subject to final approval

Student loans/allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.

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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.

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