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Outdoor experience kayaking group

New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Experiences (Level 3)


Course details

  • Aug 2024
    Feb 2025
  • 14 weeks
  • Full-time
  • $2,510*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 3
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus or Ōtorohanga


Turn your passion for the great outdoors into a serious career. The Certificate in Outdoor Experiences is a hands-on course that will teach you how to survive and navigate in the wild following the principles of personal safety and kaitiakitanga (guardianship and protection of the environment). You will get the opportunity to experience a wide variety of outdoor pursuits, building your skills and knowledge in both land and water-based activities.

What you will learn

Subject areas include: 

  • Water-based activities (paddle boarding, snorkelling, sea kayaking, river crossing, surfing)
  • Land-based activities (mountain biking, tramping, navigation, caving, abseiling)
  • Kaitiakitanga
  • Local tikanga and kawa
  • Preparing and planning an outdoor activity
  • Physical fitness
  • Communication and self-management  skills 

Learning is blended with face-to-face classes four days a week and online modules for you to complete at your own pace. You will also have field trips, an overnight camping trip in the bush, practical outdoor pursuits and assignments where you will get the opportunity to put your learning into practice.

View programme modules

Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
COE3.201Outdoor Preparation315  
COE3.301Skills in Action315  


Career/further opportunities

Graduates may gain employment or roles in areas such as: 

  • Adventure guide in the tourism industry
  • Various roles in the New Zealand Defence Force
  • Department of Conservation ranger
  • Search and Rescue team member
  • Instructor in the physical training industry 

Graduates may also progress to further study with the Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Education (Level 4).


Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you are 16 years of age and meet one or more of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)​

  • NCEA Level 1 or a recognised equivalent
  • And, provide evidence of a level of literacy sufficient to
    • be able to study at this level, and
    • interpret and apply health and safety requirements be able to demonstrate an interest in the field and the potential to succeed. 

    Based on discretionary entrance

    If you are 20 years or more or 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.

    English language requirements

    Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.0 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

    Don't meet the entry criteria?


    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 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.

    Students starting 2024

    Whānau evening
    Date: To be confirmed
    Time: 4pm-6pm

    Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

    Induction day
    Date: To be confirmed 
    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. 

    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

    Equipment for technical outdoor pursuits is provided. You will need to supply your own food whilst on course and have a basic set of gear that includes: 

    • Sleeping bag
    • Fleece, wool or poly-pro clothing
    • Waterproof raincoat/jacket with hood
    • Sturdy footwear
    • Head torch and batteries


    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

      Prospectus (course guide)

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