Tertiary Programmes

Become an outdoor instructor or work in adventure tourism

Love the outdoors? Train towards a career in outdoor education and adventure tourism. Your future as an outdoor instructor could involve spending your days in the outdoors, leading exciting activities like abseiling and tube-rafting, whilst enabling young people to grow and develop…

Hillary Outdoors is the only private training establishment for outdoor education that is based at a fully operational centre where you can learn from the best. This means that our 2 full time courses offer an extremely practical environment for comprehensive learning that is in tune with current industry needs.  The benefits of learning within a working centre are huge. Students have the chance to fully understand how a centre is organised and run and to learn from a vast range of current instructors.

Both tertiary courses are based at Hillary Outdoors Tongariro – a centre located in a World Heritage area that is full of natural beauty, including outstanding volcanic features.

Group sizes are small which allows for fantastic development to take place in a supported environment through practical learning  skills, teaching skills and having adventures together. The Certificate is a one year course offering a stand-alone qualification for first year students. For successful candidates there is the option to undertake a second year of study to gain a Diploma.

Hillary Outdoors also encourages international students to apply for the tertiary programmes – See opposite for application form.

Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Skills and Leadership (Level 4)

This is a one year course that will teach you how to explore all outdoor environments – mountains, bush, rivers,caves – whilst staying safe by assessing and managing risk. The focus is on giving you the personal skills to be comfortable in these environments.  For course details, see tabs at bottom of this page or download the prospectus below

National Diploma in Outdoor Recreation (Instruction) (Level 5)

This one year course will build on your Certificate skills; you will have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills, further increase your practical skills and risk management and prepare yourself for work in the industry by working alongside instructors at Hillary Outdoors. For course details, see tabs at bottom of this page or download the prospectus below

Maori student scholarship

Visit our scholarships page for information on how to apply for a Maori student scholarship

Tertiary Prospectus 2015

NZ / Australian Applicants – download form

International Applicants – download form

International Application Guidelines

Certificate Programme

34 weeks (February to November) – Level 4

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Play Hard While Developing a Career!

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).

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 tab on this 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 an 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

Diploma Programme

35 weeks (February to November) – Level 5

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Take The Next Step! Become an Instructor!

If you have a solid base of technical skills in the outdoor 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.

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 tab on this 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
Activities on our courses include;

  • Navigation
  • Weather Interpretation
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Bush Survival
  • River Rescue Skills
  • Environmental Education
  • White Water Kayaking
  • Mountain Skills
  • Risk Management
  • Expedition
  • Leadership in the Outdoors
  • Outdoor 1st Aid
  • Adventure Based Learning
  • Work Experience
  • Rock Climbing Skills
  • Effective Communication
  • Caving
  • Avalanche awareness*
  • 1st Aid (PHEC course)
  • Facilitation skills*

*Diploma course only

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