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Certificate in Outdoor Education (Level 4)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Certificate in Outdoor Education (Level 4) leads on to the Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Guiding (level 5) making a 2 year course.

Graduates of the Certificate in Outdoor Education are capable of moving into the tourism or education sectors in a variety of entry level (trainee) roles, such as adventure and ecotourism guiding, education outside the classroom, community health and recreation programming and youth development programmes.

Graduates will have the skills to be self-sufficient technically to facilitate low risk outdoor experiences for clients or students in a range of outdoor settings, equivalent to a trainee instructor or guide where the clients are beginners or closely supervised with established safety systems in place. These graduates would be working with experienced practitioners under direct supervision.

Knowledge of physical health, education and a specialist First Aid qualification adds to their ability to observe and manage client/student safety. Basic facilitation and presentation skills will enable graduates to manage a non-complex client or student experience in line with the expected outcomes of their employer organisation.

STUDY HIGHLIGHTS SUMMARY

  • Kayaking Applied Practice
  • Rafting Applied Practice
  • Rock Climbing Applied Practice
  • Mountain Applied Practice
  • Meteorology and Applied Outdoor Skills
  • Foundational Geography of New Zealand
  • Health, Physical Education and Social Skills
  • Ecological Science and Systems

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates of the Certificate in Outdoor Education are capable of moving into the tourism or education sectors in a variety of entry level roles. Examples of such roles include adventure and ecotourism guiding, education outside the classroom, community health and recreation programming and youth development programmes. There is a global market for this skill set and graduates of this programme are well placed to take advantage of this.

These skills enable graduates to be self-sufficient technically in a range of outdoor settings. The level is commensurate with that of a trainee instructor or guide in adventure tourism or outdoor education settings where the clients are beginners or closely supervised with established safety systems in place. These graduates would be working with experienced practitioners under direct supervision.

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to facilitate low risk outdoor experiences for clients or students within a range of outdoor settings. Knowledge of physical health, education and a specialist First Aid qualification adds to their ability to observe and manage client/student safety.

Basic facilitation and presentation skills will enable graduates to manage a non complex client or student experience in line with the expected outcomes of the organisation they are representing.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  1. Completed equivalent of 4 years New Zealand High School.
  2. English Language: IELTS (academic Test) 5.5 or equivalence. No band less than 5.0

NOTE:

Applicants must hold a current First Aid Certificate, and preferably at least 18 years of age

Applicants will be required to pass a fitness test (a Health and Safety requirement) and able to swim


Course Level

Course Level Certificate - Level 4, 5, 6 or 7
Study Type Full Time
Region West Coast
Duration One year
Intakes 20 July
Tuition Fee $18,000 (or if enrol 2 years then $19,500 first year + $10,000 second year)
Other Study Costs $200 (Tai Poutini Polytechnic pays for Medical/Travel Insurance for their International Students)
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