New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Leadership (Level 4)

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Leadership L4

Who is this qualification for?  

This qualification is for people working in outdoor recreation who lead participants in a specific outdoor activity, in low-technical yet dynamic outdoor environments

Outdoor leaders are keen, positive, outgoing and responsible. They use their planning and decision-making skills to prepare and lead amazing outdoor excursions that lead to lifelong memories for participants. Their training and know-how enables them to respond calmly and competently when things get tricky or the weather turns bad. 

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

Coming out of this qualification, graduates will have the specialised knowledge and skills required to lead groups taking part in a specific outdoor recreation activity.

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

The Outdoor Leader Fundamentals module covers:

Preparing and leading an outdoor group experience, within defined operating scope, where the emphasis is on participation in low-technical environments, using leadership techniques and strategies

Leading an outdoor experience under indirect supervision while operating within the safety management system of an organisation, including being able to assess and respond appropriately within an emergency care situation

Applying a framework of kaitiakitanga that includes respect for the tikanga and kawa of local iwi or hapū, sustainability and the environment.

This qualification is designed to be completed in 8-12 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 lead groups 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.  

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