New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Leadership pathway: High Ropes

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Outdoor Leadership Pathway High Ropes

Who are these qualifications for?  

This suite of qualifications is for outdoor recreation professionals who wish to develop their high ropes skillset.

Outdoor leaders are fit, friendly and highly-skilled. They use their practical skills and knowledge to plan and lead life-enhancing outdoor experiences for all participants. Their training and know-how means they are always ready to manage changing conditions and keep people safe.

Below is the qualification pathway for High Ropes. For more information on the full outdoor leader qualifications, click the links below each level, or scroll down for more information on the High Ropes strand!

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These qualifications are designed to be completed in the great outdoors, through a mix of online learning and hands-on practical training. 

What's involved?

Evidence required to complete qualification:

(All trainees must complete the Fundamentals module, in addition to the High Ropes activity module. Trainees who add further activity strands at the same level do not have to repeat Fundamentals at that level.)
Leader (Level 4) graduates will be able to plan and lead traversing and climbing high ropes activities.

At least 10 days' experience of high ropes (4 hours' duration or more) with at least 5 of those days as a high ropes leader or assistant leader.

Instructor (Level 5) graduates will have the skills of the level below, and they will also be able to instruct participants in high ropes experiences.

At least 30 days' experience of high ropes (4 hours' duration or more) with at least 20 days' experience of instructing

Instruction experience can be as an assistant instructor or co-instructor.

Senior Leader (Level 6) graduates will have the skills of the two levels below, and they will also be able to teach others how to instruct and lead high ropes activities.

Trainees must hold the Level 5 (Instruction) certificate before they can be assessed for the Level 6 certificate

At least 80 days' experience of high ropes (4 hours' duration or more) of instructing high ropes activities

Instruction experience should include instructing or co-instructing on at least 3 different sites.

Programme structure   

The Leader (Level 4) programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 30689 | Demonstrate knowledge of the leadership role in outdoor recreation activities | Level 4 | 5 credits

Unit standard 30667 | Demonstrate and apply knowledge of traversing and high ropes climbing activities | Level 4 | 15 credits

Unit standard 30668 | Plan, prepare, organise, lead and evaluate traversing and high ropes climbing activities | Level 4 | 20 credits

Unit standard 30690 | Plan and prepare for leading an outdoor recreation activity | Level 4 | 15 credits

Unit standard 28510 | Demonstrate knowledge of and operate under a framework of kaitiakitanga in outdoor recreation | Level 3 | 5 credits

For more information on the content of these qualifications, visit the NZQA website, here.


What are the costs?   

On-job training costs workplaces both time and resources. It can mean covering registration fees, learning and assessment resources, allocating time for training, and having an appropriate assessment pathway available.  

Total costs for trainees will vary depending on how the qualification is delivered, how it is assessed and how much support the workplace can provide.   

To check out our fees list, click here. 

For more detailed information about the cost of doing an on-job qualification, get in touch. 

Where to from here?  

Keen to take your high rope skills to new heights? Think this might be the right qualification for your staff?  

To find out more, or to sign up to this qualification, contact your regional Skills Active Learning Support Advisor.

Remember, to do this qualification on the job, a Skills Active trainee needs to be working as a volunteer or paid employee in the outdoor recreation industry.  

If you are interested in this qualification, but you're not currently employed in the industry, contact a Skills Active Learning Support Advisor to talk about how you can get involved.

Want to see where this qualification can take you next?

Check out our range of other outdoor recreation qualifications. 

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