Diploma Programme

35 weeks (February to November) – Level 5

Take The Next Step! Become an Instructor!

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If you have a solid base of technical skills in the outdoors already and want to instruct others, this course could be your path to a career you love. You will further your personal skills in rock climbing, kayaking, mountaineering and bush craft as well as focussing on teaching these skills to others and facilitating the outdoor education experience with students.

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Course Outline

Assessment for the National Diploma in Outdoor Recreation (Instruction) is based on NZQA Unit Standards. It also closely follows the assessment criteria for awards administered by the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA). Modules are delivered in a way that students learn the technical skills but also how to teach these skills and work with groups in the outdoors. See the Activities page for a list of what you’ll be doing on this course.

What makes this course unique?

Study in a leading outdoor pursuits centre gives you the chance to see how a centre works and to gain a reputation and reference from a well respected centre.
You will gain about 35 days of instruction experience at Hillary Outdoors working alongside a range of different instructors and learning from their many different skills and styles.

Student entry requirements:

  • Be a minimum of 19 years of age
  • Have completed Hillary Outdoors’ or another first year tertiary outdoor education programme, or have equivalent skills and experience
  • Applications from people with good outdoor skills and life experience are always welcome
  • Evidence of work experience in a leadership position
  • 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

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