National Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (River Guide) Level 4


This qualification will take up to 11 months to complete.


This qualification is designed for those working in the Raft industry who wish to guide commercial raft or craft trips on New Zealand whitewater rivers. It is designed to meet the following Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) qualification and licensing requirements (awards).


Click on the links below to view the Learning and Assessment Plans.


Click here to download a copy of our Training Agreement.


Click here to download the Raft Guide Grade II Enrolment form.


Click here to download the Raft Guide Grade II Assessment Outcome Form.


Click here to download the Raft Guide Grade II Checklist Form.


Click here to download the Raft Guide Grade II Credit Reporting Form.

Career opportunities:

  • Raft Guide on grade 2, 3, 4/5 rivers

  • Senior Raft Guide grade 3, 4/5 rivers. 

Qualification Pathways - Click here. To download a pdf, click here.


Costs - Refer to the fee schedule
This cost includes learning and assessment resources, registration of achievement and Learning Support Advisor contact visits.


There may be additional costs if external training and assessment are required.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) Assessment
To view our RCC assessment process for this qualification please click here. 


Did you realise that we have an apprenticeship that contains this qualification and provides $1,000 to assist you?


Click here to view your options.


Contact your Skills Active Learning Support Advisor to find out more about this qualification.


Getting your Raft or River Boarding Qualification


To commercially guide within New Zealand, you are required to hold the appropriate level of Raft Guide or River Boarding Qualifications. If you are unaware of the system, please take the time to read the information on the links (underlined) so you understand the process. The New Zealand Rivers Association and Skills Active have worked hard to create and maintain a qualification system that reflects the high quality of guiding required in New Zealand. If you are an International Guide please be aware that this is one of the most involved guiding qualifications in the world and before turning up for an assessment you need to be fluent with the contents of our qualifications. Please take the time to check out the Assessment Resources and get to know New Zealand’s Regulatory requirements, it will help you with your assessment.


           Learning and Assessment Plan       Learning Support Advisor                               Raft or Riverboarding Assessor

                                                     NZRRP                            NZRA Membership



The New Zealand Register of Recreation Professionals (NZRRP) is a database that holds details of registered recreation professionals in New Zealand. This register can be accessed by employers, raft guides and the general public.


Employers can check the status of their staff members’ qualifications. Raft guides can promote the qualifications they hold to employers and the public, showing that their qualifications are current and endorsed by national bodies in New Zealand.