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

STARTS: February 2021
Madras Street, Timaru

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. Part-time up to 3 years.

Limited Fees Free places are available in Timaru for 2021.

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$6,100 - $6,500 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$6,300 - $7,100 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
Valid To
December 31, 2021

NCEA Level 1 (80 credits at Level 1, including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits)

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

In addition you need to:

Declare any convictions against the law prior to starting the programmes and complete sections 2 and 3 of the New Zealand Police Vetting Service Request and Consent Form. Please return the completed form to Ara.

  • Hold a current First Aid Certificate at the time the programme starts. First Aid training can be completed through St John or Red Cross
  • Be capable of swimming a minimum of 50 metres, be able to carry a full overnight tramping pack on multi day trips and ride a bicycle.
  • You will need access to all personal equipment and clothing for activities (recommended list provided to applicants).

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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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 2020) and the Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education.

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

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Learn how to lead others confidently in outdoor pursuits.

Information
Type Certificate
Code NZ3765
Next Starts February 2021
Credits 120
Level 4
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ3765-STRU

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$6,100 - $6,500 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$6,300 - $7,100 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
Valid To
December 31, 2021
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Additional Entry Requirements

In addition you need to:

Declare any convictions against the law prior to starting the programmes and complete sections 2 and 3 of the New Zealand Police Vetting Service Request and Consent Form. Please return the completed form to Ara.

  • Hold a current First Aid Certificate at the time the programme starts. First Aid training can be completed through St John or Red Cross
  • Be capable of swimming a minimum of 50 metres, be able to carry a full overnight tramping pack on multi day trips and ride a bicycle.
  • You will need access to all personal equipment and clothing for activities (recommended list provided to applicants).

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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.

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