National Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Outdoor Instructor) (Level 4, 5)

Available Up To Dec2019

Instructor L4 5

Who are these qualifications for?  

This suite of qualifications is for people who  are responsible for the overall instruction and management of an outdoor activity.

Outdoor instructors are adventurous, outgoing and safety-conscious. They know how to motivate and inspire participants to push themselves and master new skills. Their training and know-how enables them to respond calmly and competently when things get tricky or the weather turns bad. 

These qualifications are designed to be delivered on-the-job in the great outdoors, across a number of specialist practice areas.

Graduates of these qualifications will come out armed with the skills to oversee outdoor activities, and instruct participants.

Did you know: Once you've achieved your New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Leadership, you will be registered with the New Zealand Register of Recreation Professionals. You can keep your registration current by re-registering every three years. 

What's involved?

These 45- to 86-credit qualifications have core modules, and five strands:

The core modules cover managing risk for an outdoor recreation activity; and demonstrating knowledge of theories and processes associated with instructing in the outdoors.
The trainee chooses from the following strands:

Tramping (Level 4)

Kayaking (Level 4)

Mountaineering (Level 5)

Rock Climbing (Level 5).

These qualifications will take up to 17 months to complete.

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?

So, you want to become a qualified outdoor instructor? 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 instructing participants in the great outdoors, 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 these qualifications can take you next?

Check out our range of other outdoor recreation qualifications

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