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Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 4)
Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 4)

Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 4)

  • ID:CPIT640137
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$18,400.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,400.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$18,400.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,400.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • NCEA Level 1 (80 credits at level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits).
  • If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.
  • If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

English requirements

  • If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.
  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the AraExamination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • Overall IELTS requirements 5.5 academic: speaking 5.0, reading 5.0, writing 5.0, listening 5.0.

Course Information

Learn how to lead others confidently in outdoor pursuits.

Taught by some of the most qualified educators and instructors in the country, this programme will give you skills across a range of outdoor activities and enable you to lead others in some of those activities, under supervision in low-risk outdoor environments. It covers adventure leadership, performance and health, kaitiakitanga and environmental education, sea kayaking, rock climbing, bush walking and leadership in mountain biking and bush walking.

You'll learn about equipment, weather, local conditions, logistics and safety management, leadership theories, sustainability, performance, cultural and environmental respect. Work-integrated learning plays a big part, with interactive activities simulating real-world work situations as much as possible.

In addition to gaining this qualification, you'll also acquire the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association Bush Leader award as part of your studies.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Ara offers a range of study options to follow this qualification. They include the New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) Level 5 (scheduled to be available from 202) and the Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

As tourism grows, employment opportunities are strong, particularly for those with national recognised qualifications. Upon completion of this qualification your options include employment at entry level as an instructor or guide.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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