Certificate Programme

34 weeks (February to November) – Level 4

Play Hard While Developing a Career!

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Gain skills and experience in rock climbing, kayaking, mountaineering and bush craft as well as foundation outdoor skills in navigation, risk management, weather interpretation, leadership and facilitation. The foundations for a career in the outdoors.

Upon completing this course students will have met the Unit Standard requirement to qualify for the award of the National Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Level 4).

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Course Outline

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. See the Activities page for a list of what you’ll be doing on this course.

What makes this course unique?

  • The opportunity to study in one of New Zealand’s leading outdoor centres and observe current instructors in practice.
  • The course will contain at least two weeks of working alongside a Hillary Outdoors instructor with a school group.
  • A wide range of instructors so you can always expect an expert in the field you are learning about.
  • Training focused on industry needs directed at both the outdoor education and adventure tourism career fields.
  • The opportunity to progress to the second year National Diploma in Outdoor Recreation.

Student entry requirements:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Demonstrate a keen interest in a variety of outdoor pursuits as indicated by records of personal recreation
  • A mature, professional attitude and the necessary communication skills for working with clients as part of a team
  • A good level of physical fitness
  • Be water confident