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!

These qualifications are designed to be completed in the great outdoors, through a mix of online learning and hands-on practical training. 

What's involved?

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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, prepare, lead and evaluate mountain bike activities in 'front country' terrain on Grade 2 trails.

At least two hours' personal riding on MTBNZ Grade 3 trails

At least 30 hours' riding on Grade 3 trails.

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

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

At least 30 hours' riding on trails at Grade 3, and 30 hours' riding on trails at Grade 4, including a minimum of 40 hours as leader and 20 hours of guiding 

Guiding experience can be as an assistant guide or co-guide.

Instructor (Level 5) graduates will be able to instruct participants in the mountain biking skills required for a positive experience on trails up to Grade 4.

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

At least 30 hours' riding on trails at Grade 3, and 30 hours' riding on trails at Grade 4, including a minimum of 40 hours as leader and 20 hours of instructing

Instructing experience can be as an assistant instructor or co-instructor.

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

Trainees must hold the Instructor (Level 5) certificate, or demonstrate equivalent skills, before they can be assessed for the Level 6 certificate

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

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

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

Programme structure

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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 L4 5 credits
Unit standard 30675 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of mountain bike skills on trails up to MTBNZ Grade 3 L4 15 credits
Unit standard 30676 Plan, prepare, lead and evaluate introductory mountain biking experiences on trails up to and including MTBNZ Grade 2 L4 20 credits
Unit standard 30690 Plan and prepare for leading an outdoor recreation activity L4 15 credits
Unit standard 28510 Demonstrate knowledge of and operate under a framework of kaitiakitanga in outdoor recreation L3 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 L5 10 credits
Unit standard 30677 Demonstrate knowledge of and apply mountain bike skills on trails up to MTBNZ Grade 4 L5 15 credits
Unit standard 30678 Plan, prepare, manage and evaluate mountain biking trips on trails up to MTBNZ Grade 4 L5 15 credits
Unit standard 30685 Plan and prepare for guiding or instructing a specific activity in dynamic outdoor environments L5 15 credits
Unit standard 30686 Facilitate awareness of kaitiakitanga while operating in the outdoors L5 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 L5 20 credits
Unit standard 30677 Demonstrate knowledge of and apply mountain bike skills on trails up to MTBNZ Grade 4 L5 15 credits
Unit standard 30678 Plan, prepare, manage and evaluate mountain biking trips on trails up to MTBNZ Grade 4 L5 15 credits
Unit standard 30679 Plan, instruct and evaluate up to intermediate mountain bike skills and trail riding skills session L5 10 credits
Unit standard 30685 Plan and prepare for guiding or instructing a specific activity in dynamic outdoor environments L5 15 credits
Unit standard 30686 Facilitate awareness of kaitiakitanga while operating in the outdoors L5 5 credits

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

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.   

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?

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Keen to become a qualified mountain biking 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. 

Discover your own career path on Tōu Aratika  - our careers website. 

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