New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (multi-skilled) Level 5

Diploma, Level 5 – Starts February 2020





2013 Hillary Outdoors Tertiary DIP Mountain Skills

The New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (multi-skilled) Level 5 programme prepares you to work in the field of outdoor recreation as an instructor. It focuses on outdoor and environmental education, risk management in the outdoors, technical training in rock climbing, kayaking, mountaineering, and bush craft, as well as soft skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork, professionalism, and planning.

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 35 days of work experience.

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Assessment for the New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (multi-skilled) Level 5 programme is based on modules and also 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.


  • New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (multi-skilled) Level 4
  • Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Skills and Leadership (Level 4)


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
  • Planning and implementing a program
  • Leading small and large groups
  • Leading youth and adult groups
  • Communication techniques including public speaking
  • Networking
  • First aid training
  • Working with special populations

The Tertiary programme is lucky to have its own classroom within Hillary Outdoors Education Centre at Tongariro. The classroom is conveniently located close to the outdoor activity areas. 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 19 years of age?
  • Have you 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?
  • Do you have evidence of work experience in a leadership position?
  • 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?   

Key Information for Students