New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-Skilled) - Pending Approval (Timaru Delivery).xml New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-Skilled) - Pending Approval (Timaru Delivery)

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NZ Dip Out and Adventure Ed Timaru

DiplomaFull time - 1 year

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Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Received all year



Annual Fees(indictive 2020)



Course related costs

Advised on enrolment

About this programme

Prepare for an adventurous career in the outdoors.

This programme has been designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge the industry requires to meet increasing demand for outdoor leaders and guides, and to prepare you for a varied, rewarding and adventurous career.

Learning from some of the most qualified educators and instructors in the country you'll become technically competent in a range of outdoor pursuits including sea kayaking, rock climbing, bush walking and mountain biking. You'll gain skills in leadership, sustainability and environmental education, supervision and instruction. You'll also learn how to plan, prepare, instruct and guide participants in a range of outdoor activities while maintaining safe, ethical and professional practice in familiar an unfamiliar outdoor environments. This will include assessing and managing emergency care situations in isolated locations.

During your studies you'll gain an understanding and respect for the tikanga and kawa of local iwi and/or hapū and other cultural groups while operating in a range of outdoor contexts.

You'll learn through a mix of group tutorials, practical outdoor activities, field trips, online learning and work-integrated experiences. The latter includes opportunities to lead clients - e.g. secondary school students and individuals with disabilities - in outdoor activities, giving you real-world workplace experience.

Career opportunities

Employment opportunities for qualified outdoor instructors and guides is growing as tourist numbers increase. This nationally recognised qualification includes a variety of embedded industry awards (in rock and abseil, sea kayaking, mountain biking and white water kayaking) ensuring a broad range of career opportunities for you as a graduate.

Study pathways

On completion of this programme you can progress to a Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education.

Recommended school subjects

English, maths, physical education, biology, social studies, outdoor education.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete 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
  • New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 4)

    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), will be assessed for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements
  • Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic entry requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry. This may include Recognition of Prior Learning. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
  • In addition, applicants need to:
    A 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: Applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on your 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.
    Applicants should be able to show physical capability to undertake the practical components of the programme, including: water confidence (i.e. swim 50m), being able to carry an overnight bushwalking pack, being able to ride a bike. (Note: In some circumstances alternatives paths of study could be developed for applicants who may not be able to demonstrate some of these physical capabilities).

English requirements
  • If English is not the applicant's first language, applicants will need to provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart. Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact Ara for an assessment.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

  • An Admission and Enrolment form
  • If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes:
  • Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning
  • Current First Aid Certificate

Application documents

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.