Expert Advisory Group for outdoor recreation unit standards used in schools: Call for expressions of interest!

March 5, 2020

Skills Active is seeking to establish a working group of 10 to 12 experienced outdoor education experts to be actively involved the review of outdoor recreation unit standards used by schools.

Click here for the NZQA domains included in this review.

Project aim

The aim of the project is to review the outdoor recreation unit standards used in school programmes to ensure the availability of appropriate and coherent unit standards at Levels 1-3, which create a pathway to industry qualifications. This work will also ensure alignment with the principles of the Achievement Standard review work, being undertaken by MoE.
This project involves:

  1. Working to update and realign the existing individual unit standards with industry expectations and practice
    This will involve updating and editing content, combining standards (in some cases), reviewing credit values and standard levels.
  2. Creating new ‘core’ unit standards
    This will involve identifying concepts that are core to outdoor recreation regardless of the context. These concepts may be in existing standards or currently not assessed. Once these standards are developed any duplication of content will need to be removed from individual ‘context’ unit standards.

Responsibilities of the Expert Advisory Group

  • Participate in at least two facilitated two-day meetings (likely to be Wellington-based)
  • Review draft material and provide feedback between meetings
  • Participate in small context-focused groups to review existing standards
  • Participate in virtual meetings to review draft material and provide feedback.

As a general principle, participants employed by key stakeholder organisations should continue to be paid by their employer while participating in the review process.  Reasonable expenses for travel, accommodation (if required) and food will be covered by Skills Active.

Submit your interest

To express interest in being involved in this exciting piece of work, please provide a one-page expression of interest to by 5pm Friday 13 March 2020.

Your one-page expression of interest should highlight the following:

  • An overview of your skills/expertise in relation to the project aim and unit standards
  • The unit standards you currently assess or have assessed in the recent past
  • Your experience in working with groups of educators in face-to-face workshop environments and online

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Expressions of interest close 5pm Friday 13 March, 2020.