New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Senior Leadership (Level 6)

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Senior Leadership L6

Who is this qualification for?  

This qualification is for individuals who are able to lead, mentor and educate developing leaders, guides and instructors in specific outdoor recreation activities, as well as instruct and/or guide participants in high-hazard and/or technically complex environments.

Confident, inspiring and accountable, senior outdoor leaders are the wellsprings of knowledge in the outdoor recreation industry. They draw on their comprehensive and hard-won experience, understanding and skill, to oversee both participants and other outdoor staff, and lead, guide and instruct in outdoor settings that may range from safe and familiar to risky, complex and changeable.

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

Completing this qualification will further extend the instructional competence of graduates who already hold extensive applied instructing experience in dynamic, multi-hazard outdoor activities.

What's involved?

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

The Outdoor Senior Leader Fundamentals module covers:

Implementing and reviewing policies and systems to manage risk and safety for an outdoor activity operation within the parameters of an organisation's safety management system

Applying specialised technical knowledge and experience to manage the provision of outdoor recreation activities in a range of dynamic environments

Selecting and applying a range of pedagogical principles and practices to educate individuals in the instruction and/or guidance of a range of technical competencies for specific outdoor activities.

The trainee chooses from strands in a range of practice areas. The following strands are coming soon:

Mountain Biking


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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Keen to become a senior outdoor leader? 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.  

Want to see where this qualification can take you next?

Check out our range of other outdoor recreation qualifications

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