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Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Education (Level 4)

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


Course details

  • Feb 2023
  • One year
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $7,472*
  • Level 4
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


Students in this programme will learn to identify, demonstrate, and apply appropriate knowledge and skills of all outdoor environments and experiences. This programme will teach safe, effective leadership practices though outdoor rock climbing, caving, bush tramping, canoeing and kayaking, as well as alpine experience field trips.

Learning takes place in class and on field trips. Students will typically spend every second week on field trips, where they can put their learning into practice.

Students will need to equip themselves with a basic outdoor kit, including: sleeping bag, pack, boots, raincoat, and head torch.

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
SPOE401Introduction to the Outdoors415  
SPOE402Introduction to Outdoor Leadership415  
SPOE403Outdoor Kaitiakitanga and Tikanga415  
SPOE404Outdoor Safety Management415  
SPOE405Technical Outdoor Development One415SPOE401 
SPOE406Technical Outdoor Development Two
SPOE407Outdoor Leadership415SPOE402 
SPOE408Outdoor Performance415  

Career/further opportunities

Graduates of this qualification may be eligible to apply for full registration on the New Zealand Register of Recreation Professionals (NZRRP). Graduates may gain employment or become self-employed in paid or voluntary adventure tourism and guiding/instructional jobs, in areas such as: sea kayaking, rafting, caving, ski field activities, and canoeing.


Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one or more of the below options.

Based 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.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed a relevant course at NZQF Level 2; ​
  • Or a recognised equivalent. ​

Based on discretionary entrance

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.

Selection criteria

a) Candidates 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.
b) Candidates will also be required to:

i) Have a current comprehensive First Aid Certificate or acquire one within three months of commencing the programme; and
ii) Have a level of fitness sufficient to fulfill the practical requirements of the programme.

c) 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

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.

English language requirements

Candidates 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.

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Year 1 students starting February 2022

Date: Tuesday 8 February 2022
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

Please bring a pen and notebook on your first day. We also recommended that, where possible, you have access to a personal device like a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. 

You will also need to bring ID documents for Police vetting. Please click here for more information about the Vulnerable Children's Act, the safety checking process, and what forms of ID you need to bring.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information

You will need the below essential gear items within the first two weeks of the course:

  • ​Fleece, wool or poly-pro clothing
  • Three-four season sleeping bag and sleeping mat
  • Large pack (approximately 65 Litres or larger)
  • Waterproof raincoat/jacket with hood
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and sunhat
  • Head torch and batteries
  • Swimsuit​​ 

You will need the items below within eight weeks:

  • Lots of fleece, wool, or polypro clothing
  • Day pack
  • Hiking boots (minimum 3 seasons, suitable for bush and mountain)
  • Gloves and hat
  • Small personal first aid kit
  • Spoon, mug, bowl etc 
  • Compass- designed for outdoor navigation
  • Notepad (waterproof ideally) and pen
  • Gaiters​


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

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