New Zealand Certificate in Assistant Outdoor Leadership (Level 3)

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Assistant Outdoor Leadership L3

Who is this qualification for?  

This qualification is for people working in outdoor recreation whose role includes assisting in leading groups undertaking activities in familiar, low-technical outdoor environments. 

People who assist in leading groups in the outdoors are fun, positive and encouraging. Working under the supervision of senior staff, they contribute to the smooth running activities, and make sure all participants have a great time and stay safe.

This qualification is designed to be delivered on-the-job in the great outdoors.

Graduates will come out of this qualification ready to provide top-notch assistance in leading groups in the outdoors.

What's involved?

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This 40-credit qualification covers the following areas:

Assisting with the planning, delivery and review of outdoor activities, within set parameters 

Assisting in identifying and managing hazards and risks relevant to participants, site and equipment for outdoor activities, in line with the Safety Management System of the organisation

Operating under a framework of kaitiakitanga that includes respect for the tikanga and kawa of local iwi or hapū, sustainability and the environment, while assisting in leading an outdoor activity

Communicating with individuals and groups to manage and meet their diverse needs while undertaking activities in familiar, low-technical outdoor environments.

This qualification is designed to be completed in 6-10 months.

Programme structure

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The programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 31534 Demonstrate knowledge of and assist in pre-activity planning of an outdoor activity L3 6 credits
Unit standard 31535 Assist in preparing and leading an outdoor activity L3 11 credits
Unit standard 31536 Contribute to the review of outdoor activity and reflect on own assistant leadership L3 3 credits
Unit standard 31537 Describe basic risk management concepts and assist in managing risk and safety for an outdoor activity L3 9 credits
Unit standard 31538 Use communication skills and facilitation techniques while working with participants for an outdoor activity L3 6 credits
Unit standard 28510 Demonstrate knowledge of and operate under a framework of kaitiakitanga in outdoor recreation L3 5 credits

What are the costs?

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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 is able to provide.   

Check out our fees list and financial help options.

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

Where to from here?

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Keen to become a qualified assistant outdoor leader? Think this might be the right qualification for your staff?  

To find out more, 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.

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