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

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Outdoor Leadership Instruction L5

Who is this qualification for?  

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

Outdoor instructors have deep, specialised knowledge and skill in their activity area. Friendly, responsible and confident, they have the trust of the groups they lead, to manage activities and trips safely in dynamic outdoor environments. Their training and know-how enables them to respond calmly and competently when things get tricky or the weather turns bad. 

This qualification will be delivered and assessed on-the-job in the great outdoors, and some assessments will also be completed online.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to lead and instruct a specific outdoor recreation activity, in line with their organisation's Safety Management System.

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

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

What's involved?

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This 80-credit qualification involves completing the Outdoor Instructor Fundamentals module, plus an activity strand:

The Outdoor Instructor Fundamentals module covers:

Independently planning, preparing and instructing safe and enjoyable outdoor recreation activities and facilitating skill progression in a dynamic outdoor environment

Exercising judgement to plan, prepare for and instruct an outdoor recreation 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

Applying pedagogical practices to create a sequenced programme of learning that meets the needs of learners in the outdoors.

This qualification is designed to be completed in 12 months.

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 can 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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So, you want to become a qualified outdoor instructor? 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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