Graduate Certificate of Environmental and Outdoor Leadership Graduate Certificate of Environmental and Outdoor Leadership

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Graduate CertificateFull time - 6 months, part time also available

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



$3,400 - $4,100







Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

19 December for February start


Christchurch - Madras Street


Gain targeted professional development in leadership skills for educating others in outdoor environments and activities with our graduate certificate.

Our one semester full-time graduate programme will strengthen professional development for established teachers, outdoor educators and instructors, your study will focus on the leadership skills that will enable you to bring excellence to your work.

Combining theory and practice, most of which can be done by distance learning, you will study sustainable practice, journey-based environmental science and practical skill development and instruction in the classroom and out on field trips practicing specialist activities and skills.

You will be required to participate in a number of field trips to locations outside Christchurch and off campus. Personal clothing and equipment are required and a list will be provided on request. Specialist equipment is provided.

Please check with programme leader for course availability.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Graduate Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 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
  • A bachelor's degree in any field or appropriate, documented and verifiable evidence (including references) of relevant work or other experience, equivalent to three years full time in outdoor education instruction or similar area.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • A current first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John's Workplace) which is current at the time the programme starts.
  • Consent to Disclosure of Information
    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 School. 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 provide a record of your previous leadership and personal experience in an outdoor environment.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form
  • provide a record of previous leadership and personal experience in an outdoor environment.

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

Application documents

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this programme you will be able to return to your employment inspired with best practice methods and strong leadership skills. Work in the fields of outdoor instruction, environmental education, adventure or eco-tourism, community health, recreation and youth education.

Study pathways

You can extend your studies by completing the Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Outdoor Education.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physical education
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Social Studies