New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 4) - Pending Approval.xml New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 4)

CertificateFull-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$6,100 - $6,500






Course related costs



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Learn how to lead others confidently in outdoor pursuits.

Taught by some of the most qualified educators and instructors in the country, this programme will give you skills across a range of outdoor activities and enable you to lead others in some of those activities, under supervision in low-risk outdoor environments. It covers adventure leadership, performance and health, kaitiakitanga and environmental education, sea kayaking, rock climbing, bush walking and leadership in mountain biking and bush walking.

You'll learn about equipment, weather, local conditions, logistics and safety management, leadership theories, sustainability, performance, cultural and environmental respect. Work-integrated learning plays a big part, with interactive activities simulating real-world work situations as much as possible.

In addition to gaining this qualification, you'll also acquire the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association Bush Leader award as part of your studies.

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 Certificate 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
Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

Application documents

Career opportunities

As tourism grows, employment opportunities are strong, particularly for those with national recognised qualifications. Upon completion of this qualification your options include employment at entry level as an instructor or guide.

Study pathways

Ara offers a range of study options to follow this qualification. They include the New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education [Multi-skilled] Level 5 (scheduled to be available from 202) and the Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education.