Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Guiding

Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Subject area

Education not elsewhere classified




1 Year

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

Graduates of the Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Guiding are capable of leading groups and managing client or student safety in a range of outdoor settings in the education or tourism sectors. The personal technical skill-set of graduates will be equivalent that required by professional level qualifications (NZOIA) so graduates are personally capable of operating in moderate to high risk outdoor settings. This obeys a fundamental principle in outdoor leadership; that an instructor or guide must be able to safely and effectively operate in risk settings that are higher than those in which they may be expected to manage client safety. Graduates will specialise in technical pursuit instruction, education or tourism experience management. Knowledge and skills in safety management and group leadership will allow graduates to make proactive decisions in the field. This creates the potential to guide and instruct clients, unsupervised, in a variety of outdoor settings of low to moderate risk. Group facilitation, presentation and teaching skills will allow graduates to effectively deliver the stated outcomes of the organisation they represent. These could include technical skill delivery and instruction, personal development, environmental and health education and tourism experience management. Knowledge of Aotearoa New Zealand's special flora and fauna, its geophysical and socio-cultural make-up along with contemporary studies of global and local environmental issues allow graduates to "tell the story" of New Zealand while enlightening and entertaining their clients or students.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.5 with no band lower 5.0. Applicants must have attended a minimum of four years secondary schooling and successfully completed NCEA Level Two (or equivalent), inclusive of credits in Science. Applicants must have completed a first year Outdoor Education programme, to Level four, or provided evidence of equivalent prior outdoor experience and academic ability. Applicants must hold a current First Aid Certificate. Applicants must be able to meet and document a range of outdoor experience requirements.

Detailed requirements

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1 Year

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$5,388 $5,388
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$8,708 $8,708
Total $14,096 $14,096

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings $33,036
Earnings range $23,830 - $41,054
In employment 61%
In further study 32%
On a benefit 3%

All KIS information is the most recent data available and relates to domestic students only.

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Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Barbara Wood Memorial Foundation Scholarships

Provided by:

Barbara Wood Memorial Foundation - Executive Officer




Up to $1,000.00 depending on the need and cost of the course being undertaken.

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Allan Beaumont Student Award

Provided by:

Tai Poutini Polytechnic - The Chair of the TPP Awards Committee





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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 800 411
Phone: (03) 769 9400
Fax: (03) 768 4503
Email: ceoffice@tpp.ac.nz
Web: http://www.tpp.ac.nz

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

Where does this information come from?

The Key Information for Students data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on information provided by tertiary education providers and the Ministry of Education. Remember to check the provider’s website for further details.

The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.

NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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