New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Leadership pathway: Mountain Biking

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Outdoor Leadership Pathway Mountain Biking

Who are these qualifications for?  

This suite of qualifications is for keen mountain bikers who wish to grow their skillsIt was developed jointly with the New Zealand Professional MTB Association and the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors' Association.

Outdoor leaders are positive, outgoing and responsible. They use their technical and leadership skills to plan and run 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.

Below is the qualification pathway for Mountain Biking. For more information on the full outdoor leader qualifications, click the links below each level, or scroll down for more information on the Mountain Biking 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 Fundamentals module, in addition to the Mountain Biking activity module. Trainees who add further activity strands at the same level do not have to repeat Fundamentals at that level.)
Leader (Level 4) graduates will be able to plan, lead and evaluate mountain bike activities in 'front country' terrain on Grade 2 trails

Personal riding on Grade 3 trails for at least two hours

At least 30 hours' riding on trails up to Grade 3. Selected Grade 3 trails must be within an hour of emergency services and ridden within daylight hours.

Guide (Level 5) graduates will be able to plan, guide and evaluate mountain bike activities on up to Grade 4 trails, including in 'back country' terrain

Personal riding on up to Grade 3 and 4 trails, as well as trails at least five hours long

At least 30 hours on Grade 3, and 30 hours on Grade 4 trails, including a minimum of 40 hours as leader, and 20 hours' experience guiding groups. Guiding experience can be as an assistant guide or co-guide.

Instructor (Level 5) graduates will be able to instruct the skills for mountain biking on up to Grade 4 trails

Personal riding on up to Grade 4 trails, as well as trails at least five hours long

At least 30 hours on Grade 3, and 30 hours on Grade 4 trails, including a minimum of 40 hours as leader, and 20 hours' experience instructing. Instructing experience can be as an assistant instructor or co-instructing.

Senior Leader (Level 6) graduates will be able to instruct and guide mountain biking, and teach others how to instruct and guide mountain bike activities on up to Grade 5 trails

Trainee must hold the NZ Certificate in Outdoor Leadership (Instruction) (Level 5) Mountain Biking strand, or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge

Personal riding on up to Grade 5 trails, as well as trails at least five hours long

At least 60 hours' experience instructing or guiding on up to Grade 5 trails, including a minimum of 20 hours on Grade 5 trails

Teaching others how to guide and instruct mountain bike activities on up to Grade 5 trails.

Programme structure   

The Leader (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 30675 | Demonstrate and apply knowledge of mountain bike skills on trails up to MTBNZ Grade 3 | Level 4 | 15 credits

Unit standard 30676 | Plan, prepare, lead and evaluate introductory mountain biking experiences on trails up to and including MTBNZ Grade 2 | 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 Guide (Level 5) 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 30677 | Demonstrate knowledge of and apply mountain bike skills on trails up to MTBNZ Grade 4 | Level 5 | 15 credits

Unit standard 30678 | Plan, prepare, manage and evaluate mountain biking trips on trails up to MTBNZ Grade 4 | 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 Instructor (Level 5) 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 30677 | Demonstrate knowledge of and apply mountain bike skills on trails up to MTBNZ Grade 4 | Level 5 | 15 credits

Unit standard 30678 | Plan, prepare, manage and evaluate mountain biking trips on trails up to MTBNZ Grade 4 | Level 5 | 15 credits

Unit standard 30679 | Plan, instruct and evaluate up to intermediate mountain bike skills and trail riding skills session | 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 

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 mountain bike 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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