Level 4 (60 credit) NZ Certificate in Outdoor Leadership
This qualification will provide the outdoor recreation sector with individuals who are able to operate independently under indirect supervision, and lead participants in a specific outdoor activity, where the emphasis is on safety, in low technical yet dynamic outdoor environments.
Our approach to training and assessment is:
Our points of difference are:
- Affordable - $500 for training and assessment
- Accessible - Training and assessment is provided
- Supported - Dedicated tutor with weekly progress support
- Consistent - Training provided by industry recognised professionals, assessment outcomes moderated
Our points of difference are:
- candidates gain full understanding of Safety Management Systems and their role in supporting an organisation to meet its compliance needs
- candidates receive full support through a learning journey including progress tracking, skills training and assessment
- Instructor fundamentals as taught through interactive online tutorials
- no requirement for organisations to provide training and assessment (candidates are taught by our tutor and use the workplace as a context for learning)
- Bush strand
- Mountain Biking strand
- High Ropes strand
- Sea Kayaking strand
- Rock Climbing strand
- Abseil strand
- EOTC strand
- 18 weeks
- Online tutorial 1 night per week 1 hours (every week)
- Weekly Q&A (1-2 hours every week)
- 3-4 day skills workshop (overnight)
- 1-2 Day skills assessment
- Video evidence occurs in the workplace
- Weekly Q&A tasks
- Preparing a leadership plan
- 2-4 day practical skills training intensive
- Complete Q&A tasks (content covered in tutorial)
- Attend 50% of the online tutorials (or complete supplementary question)
- Two days skills assessment
- Video evidence of leadership in the field (naturally occurring opportunities in your organisation)
- Assessment outcomes are moderated by a panel to maintain a consistent and reliable qualification
- February 2022 and July 2022
Our difference with NZOIA and Skills ActiveDifferences with NZOIA
- Training is included in the cost of the qualification
- The instructor fundamentals component provides you with the knowledge and understanding of your role as an instructor within an adventure activity operation including the adventure activity regulations and core instructor skills.
- Assessment of your leadership occurs in your own workplace. You get deliver your best leadership in a familiar environment and you also get to provide video of your leadership that we back on and help you improve. If you are not happy with your demonstration of a leadership task can redo it in your own time without having an assessor directly observing you.
- We take responsibility for all of the training and assessment of the student, the workplace does not need to provide assessors, or any extra training on top of normal staff operations in the business.
- Students progress through the qualification in a cohort so they are interacting with other people and engaging in learning in an interactive and engaging way
- Instructor Fundamentals module is delivered online in a group with small weekly assessment tasks.
- Responsibility for student progress and completion is all with AdventureWorks.
- You have a tutor that monitors your progress, provides feedback, available all the time for answering questions and keeps you on track to make sure that finish.
- Bush strand
Who is this course suited to?This course is designed to meet the needs of people that have gained personal leadership experience in the Strand, and have logged evidence for this. Candidates for this course are likely to be working or volunteering in a workplace and ready to have their personal experience and skills recognised with a qualification.
Why this course?Level 5 outdoor instructor qualifications are equivalent to NZOIA level I instructor award. They are the bedrock level of qualification that most organisations acquired from instructors. This qualification verifies technical skill, leadership experience and ability to manage and respond to risks and hazards in dynamic environments. You are able to lead independently without supervision and have a full understanding of applying an organisation safety management system
Benefits to the candidate
We provide fully supported teaching, training and assessment. Your progress through this qualification will be monitored and supported by a dedicated team including a tutor, specialist instructors, evidence verifiers and an Adventure Works academic manager.
This will benefit someone who:
- does not have easy access to training
- is in a workplace where the means for the workplace to deliver training and assessment are limited
- is working and also wanting to develop professional qualifications in this sector.
Benefits to a workplace/organisation
- Candidates in the qualification are fully supported independent of your own resources and capacity to provide training and assessment
- Candidates receive current industry best practice training which will reflect positively on your organisation’s overall operation
- The overall cost to the organisation including training and managing assessment are reduced
- The workplace can enrol as many candidates as they would like and are not limited by their own resources
Programme structureThe qualification has two sections
Section 1 Instructor Fundamentals Online - 50% of total qualification
Section 2 Strand - 50% of total qualification
(once the Leadership Online is completed you do not need to repeat for any further strands that are assessed at level 5)
The Instructor Fundamentals component only has to be completed once for each qualification. When you enroll in the first qualification you will complete this along with one strand. In the future, if you wish to add another strand you do not need to repeat the Instructor Fundamentals component.
The Instructor Fundamentals makeup for half of the qualification credits.
The Instructor Fundamentals courses develop understanding of foundation skills for being an instructor and leader in outdoor adventure activities. These courses cover how to teach and facilitate learning from others, the role of the leader and leadership theory, safety management systems, planning, understanding of activity regulations and scope of the qualification.
Strands focus on personal skills, instructing skills and planning for a single strand. You will need to demonstrate skills for managing personal safety and responding to rescues and lead a group within the scope of the qualification.
After you have completed the Instructor Fundamentals in each qualification you do not have to repeat this. To add another strand you just need to complete the strand specific course and assessment.
AssessmentAssessments are competency-based. Assessment decisions are made after evidence is gathered and assessed against a standard of competence.Instructor Fundamentals
- Weekly Questions and Answers
- Complete 100% of the weekly question and answer assignments
- Attend tutorials or complete supplementary written response
- Participate in 50% of weekly tutorial discussions
- Attend personal skills practical assessment
- This is near the end of the course, you will have attended two day personal skills assessment.
- Complete leadership plan
- This is a written task outlining a plan for leading a group in the Strand you are enrolled in
- Complete leadership assessment
- This is a video based task. You will be given clear outlines of what needs to be demonstrated, take video and upload that to our learning platform. This will then be assessed. You will get feedback if you need to re-do any of the specific tasks
Task five depends on you capturing video of yourself or someone capturing it of you performing the tasks required
We use video evidence for the following reasons
- it allows you to demonstrate your skills in your own time in an environment that you are familiar
- You are able to operate naturally, demonstrating your skills without sister looking over your shoulder
- it allows you to repeat the skill until you are happy with it and submit the evidence that you're satisfied with
- it provides a record for us that can be observed by more than one person creating greater consistency in assessment decisions and feedback to candidates.
- Allows us to moderate assessment decisions both internally and externally therefore maintaining valid reliable and consistent assessment decisions which makes your qualification worth what it says it is
- It eliminates the need for perfect assessment conditions (the scope of the assessment requires specific conditions that are outside the control of the assessor)]
Assessments are competency-based. Assessment decisions are made after evidence is gathered and assessed against a standard of competence.
The standard of competence is defined by NZQA in the qualification document (the scope and standard has been designed by Skills Active).
Our assessment decisions are moderated to ensure candidates are meeting the standard of competence required across all of the assessment tasks in the qualification and that the assessment decision being made is maintaining a consistent and reliable qualification.
How do these qualifications compare to NZOIA?These qualifications are similar to but not the same as NZOIA Awards
The main difference is that this qualification includes the instructor fundamentals. This includes understanding your role organisations safety management system, leadership, learning, planning, understanding the interactivity regulations etc
Do these Qualification expire?New Zealand qualifications do not expire. Once you have achieved a qualification it is recognised on the New Zealand qualifications framework under your name forever.
Does it need revalidation?Your qualification doesn't expire, but your currency does
Maintaining currency is up to you. If you are actively working, the best way to do this maintain a log book and keep a record of professional development and training that you participated.
The NZRRP (Register of Recreation Professionals) is the best place to keep records that demonstrate currency. The register has a certain set of requirements that you need to meet in order to be able to demonstrate this.
Can I do more than one qualification at a time?No you can’t, but once you have completed the first strand you do not need to repeat the Instructor Fundamentals
Half of the strand is core fundamentals. Once you’ve completed this you can add more strands without having to repeat the core fundamentals training.
- enrollment criteria 2022
AcademicBased on your school achievement (secondary school study)
- 40 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1;
- Or a recognised equivalent.
- Completed a relevant course at NZQF Level 2;
- Or a recognised equivalent.
If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.
Citizenship/ResidencyThe funding that we receive subsidises 'valid domestic enrolments' unfortunately, if you are not New Zealand Australian resident or citizen we are unable to unroll you in this course
You must provide an original or certified copy of one or more of the
A New Zealand Citizen
- a New Zealand birth certificate; or
- a New Zealand passport; or
- a New Zealand certificate of citizenship; or
A New Zealand Resident
a) a passport with a current returning residency class visa (a passport with a visa label); or
b) a passport, and letter or email, confirming current returning residency class visa (label-less visa, followed by confirmation with Immigration New Zealand, where appropriate); or
c) a certificate of identity from Immigration New Zealand if the student is a refugee.
An Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident currently residing in New Zealand
a) an Australian birth certificate issued before 20 August 1986; or
b) an Australian passport; or
c) a passport with a current Australian resident return vis
Selection criteriaCandidates are required in their applications to indicate whether they have had a physical or mental condition. Candidates should be aware that some types of physical or mental conditions may prevent them from participating in physical elements of the programme and/or work experience placements.
Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the candidate/student being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study. Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme.
- Candidates will also be required to:
- Have a level of fitness sufficient to fulfill the practical requirements of the programme.
- In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and Child Protection Policies for all 'specified organisations' providing a 'regulated service', all candidates will be subjected to safety checks. These will include, but are not limited to:
- A formal interview
- Referee checks
- A police vet check
- A risk assessment
English language requirementsCandidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.
Previous ExperienceThe following outlines hours and experience that must be completed for the qualification to be awarded. We recommend participants start with all of these conditions met. I not you will need to provide a plan that clearly shows how you will demonstrate these conditions before the final date of the qualificationBush
- at least 10 days (each day should be at least four hours duration) experience bush walking;
- at least five days additional experience as a co-leader or assistant leader.
- single day trips on clearly formed and marked tracks with bridged river crossings or minor unbridged streams;
- walks may extend to the bush line and could extend above the bush line in good weather conditions and in the absence of snow.
At least 10 days experience of high ropes with at least 5 of the days as a high ropes co-leader or assistant leader
A day is considered to be 4 hours duration and can be made of multiple sessions.
climbing, single pitch, on at least 20 routes (any grade) while on a top rope at either indoor or outdoor venues and have at least an additional five days experience as a co-leader or assistant leader, providing assistance with the setup and management of group climbing at indoor and/or outdoor venues;
- top roped climbing to Grade 14.
- set up single pitch top rope climbs where haul lines are in place and regular checks of anchors are completed by the organisation managing the venue; or there are fixed anchors bollards, trees or threads; and where the candidate has visited the site previously and had their set up approved by a Rock Climbing Instructor or senior instructor; and where personal safety can be set up simply using fixed anchors.
at least 10 personal abseils at a minimum of three sites abseiling off their own abseil set up and at least five days additional experience as a co-leader or assistant leader, providing assistance with the setup and management of group abseils at a crag and/or abseil structure.
Sites must meet the following parameters:
- there is non-technical access for the participant to the abseil and the site allows for simple participant management;
- the setup is on fixed anchors, trees or threads; and the Leader has visited the site previously and had their set up approved by a Level 5 Rock Instructor or Level 6 Senior Instructor; and Personal Safety can be set up simply using fixed anchors; and the ground at the base of the abseiling area is flat and hazard free.
personal riding on MTBNZ trails Grade 3 for at least two hours; at least 30 hours of riding on trails up to and including MTBNZ trail Grade 3. Selected Grade 3 trails must be within an hour of emergency services and ridden within daylight hours.
At least 40 hours sea kayaking using a closed deck single or double sea kayak on flat-water and at least 5 sessions additional experience as a co-leader or assistant leader using a closed deck single or double sea kayak.
- A session is considered to be a minimum of an hour.
- Lead sea kayaking activities on flat or sheltered water, including estuaries, river deltas, sheltered beaches, lakes, coastal inlets and swimming pools, when the wind strength and direction do not compromise the safety and purpose of the activity.
- Currents may be present when the flow and the hazards pose no greater risk than flat-water.
Enrolment processStep 1
Check that you meet Entry Criteria (detail in Entry Criteria tab)
Complete the Enrolment form
- Send verification of citizenship/residency (detail in Entry Criteria tab)
- Send evidence of meeting the prerequisite hours and experience (detail in Entry Criteria tab)
- [email protected]
Complete the Enrolment Criteria sheet and return to us prior to enrolment
Assessment of Prior LearningIf you have participated in previous training, gained similar qualifications or have verifiable experience in a log book, you may be able to have this learning recognised and contribute to part of, or all of the qualification.
There are two ways of having previous learning experiences recognised.
Credit Recognition Transfer (Formal)
Is a process where credit for outcomes already achieved by a student through formal study in the same or similar qualification or Unit Standards is granted for this qualification.
Recognition of prior learning (Non formal)
Is a process that involves assessment of a learner’s relevant and current knowledge and skills (gained through prior learning and experience) , or qualifications that do meet the CRT criteria.
Costs for assessment of prior learning
$400 For assessment of RPL
No cost for CRT
When to apply for assessment of prior learning
Before applying for you must have completed the Enrolment Form and provided evidence you are a NZ or AUS citizen or permanent resident,
Once an application for RPL (and all the material required to evaluate it) is lodged, evaluation normally takes 10-15 working days.
Application plus supporting material must be submitted at least two weeks before the start of the course.
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It was a good taste of what the outdoor world be like a lot of fun. You get to hang out with a bunch of awesome people!
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I got to meet new people into activities that I love and cool and beautiful places.
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I learnt that taking the lead of the group isn't something to be afraid of.
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