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Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-Skilled) - Pending Approval (Timaru Delivery)
Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-Skilled) - Pending Approval (Timaru Delivery)

Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-Skilled) - Pending Approval (Timaru Delivery)

  • ID:CPIT640136
  • 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
Estimated Total/program:
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

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

  • Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), will be assessed for academic entry equivalency.

  • Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic entry requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry. This may include Recognition of Prior Learning. Contact Ara for advice.

  • In addition, applicants need to:

  • A first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John's Workplace) which is current at the time the programme starts.

  • Consent to Disclosure of Information: Applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on your placement. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of Department. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

  • Applicants should be able to show physical capability to undertake the practical components of the programme, including: water confidence (i.e. swim 50m), being able to carry an overnight bushwalking pack, being able to ride a bike. (Note: In some circumstances alternatives paths of study could be developed for applicants who may not be able to demonstrate some of these physical capabilities).

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

Prepare for an adventurous career in the outdoors.

This programme has been designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge the industry requires to meet increasing demand for outdoor leaders and guides, and to prepare you for a varied, rewarding and adventurous career.

Learning from some of the most qualified educators and instructors in the country you'll become technically competent in a range of outdoor pursuits including sea kayaking, rock climbing, bush walking and mountain biking. You'll gain skills in leadership, sustainability and environmental education, supervision and instruction. You'll also learn how to plan, prepare, instruct and guide participants in a range of outdoor activities while maintaining safe, ethical and professional practice in familiar an unfamiliar outdoor environments. This will include assessing and managing emergency care situations in isolated locations.

During your studies you'll gain an understanding and respect for the tikanga and kawa of local iwi and/or hapū and other cultural groups while operating in a range of outdoor contexts.

You'll learn through a mix of group tutorials, practical outdoor activities, field trips, online learning and work-integrated experiences. The latter includes opportunities to lead clients - e.g. secondary school students and individuals with disabilities - in outdoor activities, giving you real-world workplace experience.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

  • On completion of this programme you can progress to a Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education.
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Employment opportunities for qualified outdoor instructors and guides is growing as tourist numbers increase. This nationally recognised qualification includes a variety of embedded industry awards (in rock and abseil, sea kayaking, mountain biking and white water kayaking) ensuring a broad range of career opportunities for you as a graduate.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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