New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Leadership pathway: Caving

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Who are these qualifications for?  

This suite of qualifications is for caving guides who wish to  deepen their skill set.  

Outdoor leaders are competent, calm and fun. They use their technical and personal abilities to plan and run amazing trips that get people immersed in the outdoors. With their training and expertise, they are ready to respond confidently when things get tricky.

Below is the qualification pathway for Caving. For more information on the full outdoor leader qualifications, click the links below each level, or scroll down for more information on the Caving strand!

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These qualifications are designed to be completed in the great outdoors, through a mix of online learning and hands-on practical training. There are NZOIA event and workplace-based assessment models available for trainees.

What's involved?

Evidence required to complete qualification:

(All trainees must complete the Outdoor Leadership core programme content, in addition to the Caving strand content. Trainees who add further activity strands at the same level do not have to repeat core content for that level.)
Level 4 (Leader) graduates will be able to plan, organise and lead introductory caving activities 

At least 10 days' experience leading/guiding with clients in a supervised role

Operating in a specific cave within the operator's Safety Management System

Using Standard Operating Procedures to determine when to cancel a trip due to changing conditions.

Level 5 (Guiding) graduates will be able to plan, organise and guide caving activities

At least 20 days' experience in a variety of caves including at least 10 days leading groups

Operating in a specific cave within the operator's Safety Management System

Using Standard Operating Procedures to determine when to cancel a trip due to changing conditions.

Level 5 (Instruction) graduates will be able to instruct the skills for streamway caving

At least 40 days' experience instructing in a streamway cave, including horizontal and vertical single rope techniques, and belaying

Operating in a specific streamway cave within the operator's Safety Management System

Advanced risk management including ongoing monitoring of cave conditions, water levels and participants.

Level 6 (Senior Leader) graduates will be able to instruct the skills for caving experiences and teach others how to guide caving activities

At least 40 days' experience within the scope of single rope techniques

Horizontal and vertical single rope techniques, and belaying

Significant management experience in a key decision-making capacity within an operator

Responsibility for daily operations including rosters, operating within a Safety Management System, and instructing and assessing staff.

Programme structure   

The Level 4 programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 30689 | Demonstrate knowledge of the leadership role in outdoor recreation activities | Level 4 | 5 credits

Unit standard 30667 | Demonstrate and apply knowledge of introductory caving skills| Level 4 | 15 credits

Unit standard 30668 | Plan, prepare, organise, lead and evaluate introductory cave trips in low-flow streamway caves | Level 4 | 20 credits

Unit standard 30690 | Plan and prepare for leading an outdoor recreation activity | Level 4 | 15 credits

Unit standard  28510 | Demonstrate knowledge of and operate under a framework of kaitiakitanga in outdoor recreation | Level 3 | 5 credits

 

The Level 5 (Guiding) programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 30684 | Demonstrate knowledge of guiding within an outdoor recreation activity | Level 5 | 10 credits

Unit standard 30669 | Demonstrate knowledge and skills for streamway caving and short vertical pitches of introductory caving skills | Level 5 | 15 credits

Unit standard 30670 | Plan, prepare, and guide or instruct a streamway caving trip with a short vertical pitch| Level 5 | 15 credits

Unit standard  30685 | Plan and prepare for guiding or instructing a specific activity in dynamic outdoor environments | Level 5 | 15 credits

Unit standard  30686 | Facilitate awareness of kaitiakitanga while operating in the outdoors | Level 5 | 5 credits

 

The Level 5 (Instruction) programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 30688 | Demonstrate knowledge of instructing within an outdoor recreation activity | Level 5 | 20 credits

Unit standard 30669 | Demonstrate knowledge and skills for streamway caving and short vertical pitches of introductory caving skills | Level 5 | 15 credits

Unit standard 30670 | Plan, prepare, and guide or instruct a streamway caving trip with a short vertical pitch| Level 5 | 15 credits

Unit standard  30671 | Plan, instruct and evaluate caving skills in a streamway cave and on a short vertical pitch | Level 5 | 10 credits

Unit standard  30685 | Plan and prepare for guiding or instructing a specific activity in dynamic outdoor environments | Level 5 | 15 credits

Unit standard  30686 | Facilitate awareness of kaitiakitanga while operating in the outdoors | Level 5 | 5 credits

 

The Level 6 Senior Leadership unit standards are in the final stages of planning.

 

For more information on the content of these qualifications, visit the NZQA website, here.

 

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?  

Keen to become a qualified caving professional? 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 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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