Diploma in Outdoor Education.xml Diploma in Outdoor Education

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DiplomaFull time - 34 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$6,050 - $6,700







Course related costs

Certificate fee(s) may apply



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire




Outdoor Education is a global industry and the qualifications you gain here can open up opportunities to experience some of the most magnificent environments across the world and be paid for it.

The aim of the Diploma in Outdoor Education is for the students to be competent outdoor instructors and excellent outdoor educators capable of working with a wide variety of client groups and a wide variety of environments.

What makes this programme distinct is the amount of supervised instruction and personal skill development in a range of pursuit activities. You'll gain skills as an independent instructor to plan, organise and deliver a variety of activities such as white water kayaking, tramping, rock climbing, mountaineering and risk management activities. This will assist in preparing you for this high-level responsibility when working in the industry.

The programme includes: adult education and training; environmental education; outdoor education and risk management and education. You'll also have the opportunity to gain at least one New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA) Level One Award.

Our Timaru campus is based in the heart of New Zealand's adventure tourism region, giving you access to stunning recreational areas.

Please check with programme leader for course availability.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • Entry requirements are designed to ensure that every student has the best opportunity for success in their chosen field of study.

    For entry you are required to have successful completion of the Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Management (Level 5), or equivalent qualification, or evidence of recreational and industry skills and experience of at least two years.

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • We will also ask you to submit:

    • A current first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John's Workplace) which is current at the time the programme starts.
    • Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on their placement. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of Department. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.
    • You must be capable of swimming a minimum of 50 metres, and be able to carry a full overnight tramping pack on multi day trips. You must also submit a log showing that within the last five years you have undertaken a minimum of 20 days of outdoor recreational activity including multi-day activities e.g. camping, tramping or a related activity.
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Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Please note: Programme delivery is conditional on enrolments reaching a minimum requirement.

Application documents

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this programme you will be able to gain employment as an outdoor instructor in a wide range of schools or outdoor education centres, in a wide range of adventure tourism businesses and in the wider outdoor education industry both nationally and internationally.

Study pathways

You could further your studies with the Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education.