Outdoor Adventure Skills and Leadership (Level 4)

Certificate, Level 4 – Starts February 2019





The Outdoor Adventure Skills and Leadership programme prepares you to work in the field of outdoor recreation to independently lead groups. It focuses on outdoor and environmental education leading people at a beginner level in low-risk environments, technical skills in navigation, risk management, and weather interpretation, as well as soft skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork, professionalism, and facilitation.

This one-year programme offers a balanced approach to theory and practice, testing your leadership skills through onsite instruction experience. Once completed, you will have accumulated over 10 days of work experience and you will have met the Unit Standard requirements to qualify for the award of the National Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Leadership), Level 4.

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Assessment for the Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Skills and Leadership is based on NZQA Unit Standards. The course will include 4 week long modules of rock climbing, kayaking and mountaineering as well as shorter periods of other skills.


Hillary Outdoors are leaders in outdoor education. Studying in a leading outdoor education centre gives you an experiential learning experience.

Among the skills you will acquire in the programme are:

  • Leadership techniques
  • Technical skills in rock climbing, kayaking, and mountaineering
  • Planning and implementing activities for groups
  • Interpreting weather conditions
  • Risk management in the outdoors
  • Leading beginner-level groups in the outdoors
  • Communication techniques including public speaking
  • Networking
  • Working with special populations

The Tertiary programme is lucky to have its own space within Hillary Outdoors Education Centre at Tongariro. The space includes a class room which is conveniently located close to the outdoor activity areas and close to our onsite instructors. Having our own space allows the students to get to know one another better and to become a stronger community. It also facilitates studying, group work, and receiving support from instructors.


  • Do you enjoy working with or helping people?
  • Are you passionate about teaching others?
  • Do you like organizing and implementing activities?
  • Are you actively involved in extracurricular activities such as sports, student council and leadership or various social or academic clubs and committees?
  • Do you love being outdoors and are environmentally conscious?
  • Are you a minimum of 18 years of age?
  • Do you demonstrate a keen interest in a variety of outdoor pursuits as indicated by records of personal recreation?
  • Do you have a mature, professional attitude and the necessary communication skills for working with clients as part of a team?
  • Do you have a good level of physical fitness?
  • Are you water confident?