New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Leadership (Guiding)

Skills Active Te Mahi Ako Limited

Subject area

Sport and Recreation Activities


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Entry requirements

Organisations or workplaces within the Outdoor Recreation sector may be covered by The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 dependent on their organisation type or whether they provide services to organisations' responsible for children and/or youth.

Where a learner engages with an organisation and/or activity that is covered by The Vulnerable Children Act 2014, they must successfully meet the safety check requirements.

For the purpose of this qualification, engagement may mean employment, practical experience or any learning and assessment within a programme leading to this qualification.

Requirement for the award of the following strands:
National Raft Guide (Grade III), National Raft Guide (Grade IV/V), National River Boarding Guide (Grade III), National River Boarding Guide (Grade IV/V)

To meet the requirements of the Maritime New Zealand Rule Part 81 learners must demonstrate that they have current River Rescue Skills. This must be evidenced by the completion of a New Zealand Rivers Association for Professional Guides (NZRA) River Rescue Workshop, Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT2) or River Rescue Certification for Professionals (RRC-PRO) or NZRA recognised equivalents. This workshop must have been completed within the last 18 months and therefore may need to form part of the programme towards the relevant strand.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The qualification will provide the outdoor recreation sector with individuals who are able to operate independently and provide leadership and guidance for participants during a specific outdoor activity. The emphasis of the qualification is on the provision of safe and enjoyable experiences in a dynamic outdoor environment.

Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills to lead and guide a specific outdoor recreation activity depending on which strand is achieved.

Graduates will contribute to the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Graduates of this qualification may apply for full registration on the New Zealand Register of Recreation Professionals (NZRRP).

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Sport and Recreation at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (04) 385 9047
Fax: (04) 385 7024

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