Certificate in Outdoor Recreation.xml Certificate in Outdoor Recreation

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CertificateFull time – 34 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$6,100 - $6,900







Course related costs

Personal outdoor clothing and equipment (advised on enrolment).



Domestic Applications due

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International Applications due

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Start on the path to an adventurous career.

This programme is perfect for personal development and a career path in the outdoors. Based at our Timaru campus, you'll have access to stunning recreational areas in the heart of New Zealand's adventure tourism region.

It covers environmental science; exercise science for the outdoors; outdoor recreation risk management; expedition planning; and group dynamics.

You'll gain a wide range of outdoor skills in rock climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, tramping, mountain biking and skiing, and you'll finish the year by planning, organising and running a ten-day wilderness expedition.

The majority of learning is through practical experiences and foundation theory lessons on campus and in the outdoors. On-campus facilities include a climbing wall and boulder room. This qualification encourages a high level of self motivation, personal determination and teamwork.

Please check with programme leader for course availability.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • Entry requirements are designed to ensure that every student has the best opportunity for success in their chosen field of study.

    For entry to this certificate it is desirable you have a minimum of 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 (or equivalent), made up of at least 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 in literacy, and at least 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 in numeracy.

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • We will also ask you to submit:

    • A current first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John's Workplace) which is current at the time the programme starts.
    • Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on their 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.
    • You must be capable of swimming a minimum of 50 metres, and be able to carry a full overnight tramping pack on multi day trips. You must also submit a log showing that within the last five years you have undertaken a minimum of 20 days of outdoor recreational activity including multi-day activities e.g. camping, tramping or a related activity.
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Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this programme possible employment options include the adventure tourism industry, a tourism industry guide or as a school camp leader.

Study pathways

For ongoing development of your qualifications complete our industry recognised Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Management (Level 5) and Diploma in Outdoor Education (Level 6).