New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Leadership (Guiding) (Level 5)

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Leadership Guiding L5

Who is this qualification for?  

This qualification is for outdoor recreation professionals who operate independently and provide leadership and guidance for participants during specific outdoor activities.

Outdoor guides are confident, capable and keen. They are great at encouraging participants to step outside their comfort in the ever-changing natural environment, while staying safe and happy as they do so. Outdoor guides use their specific skills and knowledge to lead and guide activities, and they can be trusted to work independently and in line with the Safety Management System of their organisation.

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

Graduates of this qualification will be able to lead and guide a specific activity in a dynamic outdoor environment.

The trainee chooses from a range of activity strands. The following strands are available now:

Mountain Biking


High Wire

Did you know: Once you've achieved your Outdoor Leadership certificate, 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?

This 60-credit qualification involves completing the Outdoor Guide Fundamentals module, plus an activity strand:

The Outdoor Guide Fundamentals module covers:

Independently planning, preparing and guiding safe and enjoyable adventure activities in a dynamic outdoor environment

Exercising judgement to plan, prepare and guide an adventure activity that is consistent with the safety management system of an organisation, including being able to assess and manage an emergency care situation

Role modelling the principles of kaitiakitanga that incorporate respect for the tikanga and kawa of local iwi or hapū, sustainability, and the environment in which they are operating.

This qualification will take 8-12 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 guide people in the great outdoors? 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.  

Want to see where this qualification can take you next?

Check out our range of other outdoor recreation qualifications

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