Diploma in Outdoor Adventure Education (Level 5)
New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 5)
The outdoor adventure industry is in demand for trained graduates. The Diploma in Outdoor Adventure Education (Level 5) will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to enter the workplace. Students in this programme will learn to operate independently
in outdoor environments to safely instruct or guide a range of activities.
This programme will cover a range of outdoor activities such as:
- Outdoor Tikanga and kaitiakitanga
- Outdoor leadership
- Safety management
- Rock climbing and abseiling
- Workplace experience
Learning takes place in class and online with on-site visits and a significant number of practical trips in the field. Field trips can be day trips, an overnight stay or 3-4 days away, where students can put their learning into practice.
The technical equipment needed for pursuit work will be provided by Wintec. Students will need to equip themselves with basic outdoor equipment, including:
- Tramping boots
- Sleeping bag
- Tramping pack
- Tramping boots
- Head torch
Graduates will contribute to the cultural, social, environmental and economic wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand.
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|
|SPOE501||Matatiki - Outdoor Tikanga and Kaitiakitanga||5||15|
|SPOE502||Hautūtanga - Outdoor Leadership||5||15|
|SPOE503||Human Performance in the Outdoors||5||15|
|SPOE504||Enviro Safety Management||5||15|
|SPOE505||Advanced Outdoor Technical Development 1||5||15|
|SPOE506||Advanced Outdoor Technical Development 2||5||15|
|SPOE507||Outdoor Pursuits Guiding||5||15|
|SPOE508||Outdoor Workplace Practice - Practicum||5||15|
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 roles such as:
- Adventure guide
- Field instructor
- An outdoor leader with an adventure education/recreation/tourism provider
- Admin and support staff
Frequently asked questions
Where do people who have studied this programme at Wintec currently work?
Successful graduates of Wintec have gained employment from industry businesses, such as:
- The Legendary Blackwater Rafting Co
- Waitomo Caving Company
- Abel Tasman Sea Kayaking
- Raglan Rock and Caving Adventures
- Ruapahu Alpine Lifts
- Whanganui River Canoe Guides
- Outdoor retailers; Macpac, Kathmandu, Equip Outdoors
- Roles within NZ Outdoor Education Centers
What roles have tutors for this programme worked in previously to Wintec?
Tutors of this programme have previously worked in various roles such as:
- Outdoor education teachers for high schools
- Guides for adventure tourism companies
- Contract outdoor instructors
- International adventure tourism staff
- Business owners of private adventure tourism companies
What types of students best succeed in this programme?
What should students know when entering this programme?
This programme is a practical course with paperwork and hands-on learning. Students will spend time learning in the field and practising their skills.
You can apply for this programme if you meet one or more of the below options.
Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)
- Completed the Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Education (Level 4);
- Completed a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 4;
- A recognised equivalent;
- Or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.
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 are decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.
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 admitted into the programme based on discretionary entrance will be required to present a portfolio of relevant experience.
c) 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 fulfil the practical requirements of 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.
To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.
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: To be confirmed
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.
You will also need to bring ID documents for Police vetting. If you would like more information about the Vulnerable Children's Act or the safety checking process, click here.
How to find your way around
Parking and bus information
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
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
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