Study outdoor education and adventure tourism

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

Programme highlights

Do you dream of working outdoors? Love keeping fit? 

A career as an adventure educator could be for you.

This one year programme will give you the essential skills to land your first job in outdoor education. You will learn how to guide people in the great outdoors and keep them safe. 

You could get a job in the adventure tourism industry, such as guiding tourists over the Franz Josef Glacier. There's plenty of opportunities in the education, recreation and tourism industries.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 4
Domestic fees

Click here to see a list of domestic course fees

Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ3765

Full-time for 1 year (34 teaching weeks), part-time available.
The maximum time to complete this programme part-time is 3 years.

Study method

Full-time, Part-time

Credits 120
International fees NZD$21,700 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

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

Entry requirements

Open entry

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

English language requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English.

Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of their English language competency.

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:

International students

Test your English level to help you plan.

Take our free online English test to get a basic indication of your English level. This will help you understand what programmes you can apply for and what preparation you may require before you start your programme of study.


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Programme structure

You will need to complete the below six courses (120 credits):

781.417 Water and adventure pursuits 1 (30 credits)

Gain skills in water and adventure-based activities whilst demonstrating self-care and management.

781.418 Bush and adventure pursuits 2 (30 credits)

Gain skills in bush and adventure-based activities whilst demonstrating self-care and management.

781.419 Environmental education (Kaitiakitanga) (15 credits)

Gain an awareness of the NZ outdoors environment while showing an appreciation of tikanga and kawa of local iwi/hapu.

781.420 Outdoor management (15 credits)

Gain knowledge of leadership in the outdoors through the facilitation and management of risk, while developing an understanding of hauora.

781.421 Adventure-based learning (15 credits)

To gain facilitation and group management skills through adventure-based learning.

781.422 Outdoor preparation (15 credits)

Plan and present the logistics of an overnight outdoor activity capable of implementation.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the sport, recreation and exercise science calendar.

Career opportunities

This qualification may provide a pathway to paid or volunteer roles as a trainee instructor, leader or guide within community and private outdoor or adventure education/recreation/tourism providers. For potential salaries visit

Information is correct as at February 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.