DiplomaFull time - 34 weeks
Annual Fees(indicative 2017)
Domestic$6,050 - $6,700
Course related costsAdvised on enrolment
Domestic Applications due
|Received all year|
International Applications due
This is the programme where you can turn your passion for adventuring in the outdoors into the opportunity to get work as an outdoor instructor or guide in New Zealand and overseas.
Turn your passion for outdoor adventure into an opportunity to work as an outdoor instructor or guide in New Zealand or overseas.
With a focus on teaching and learning, this programme will enhance your technical and adventure skills and develop your instructional skills through real-life practical experiences.
In addition to developing your bush and general adventuring skills (plus skills for your two selected outdoor pursuits chosen from kayaking, mountaineering and rock climbing), you'll also learn about pre-hospital emergency care (PHEC), risk management, environmental science, facilitation and leadership, and working with different client groups (disabled, different cultures, youth at risk).
Note: In addition to the diploma you may also gain at least two industry awards (PHEC, Avalanche Awareness, and at least one New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association Leader Award) that will be dependent on your electives chosen and these would further enhance employment opportunities.
You'll study within a 'full immersion' environment where strong mentoring from staff means you'll be given a lot of responsibility in terms of instructing local schools and community groups. You'll work with a range of client groups and in doing this you'll gain real experience that will help you secure your career goals.
Please check with programme leader for course availability.
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.
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 are designed to ensure that every student has the best opportunity for success in their chosen field of study.
For entry to this diploma programme you require completion of the Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Level 4), or equivalent qualification, or evidence of equivalent outdoor skills and experience.
- 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.
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.
OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS
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.
On successful completion of this programme you will be able to seek work in the adventure tourism industry and outdoor instruction roles with schools or outdoor education centres.
You could further your studies with the Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education.
Applied Risk Management
Communication Skills for Outdoor Leadership
Instruction - BU2
Instruction - HY2
Instruction - MO2
Instruction - RO2
Recreational Science Practical - HY2
Recreational Science Practical - MO2
Recreational Science Practical - RO2
Recreational Science Practical BU2
Social Science of Outdoor Instruction
Sustainability and Environmental Science