Outdoor and Adventure Education (Level 4)

If you love being in the outdoors and want to turn your passion into a career, TPP’s outdoor education programmes will help get you started.

Whether you’re a keen beginner with general outdoor experience or already have considerable technical experience under your belt, the New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Education will increase your skills and challenge you. Our low student to tutor ratios mean we can help you progress at your level, pushing you further for more challenge or breaking it down if it’s all new to you.

You’ll learn how to handle yourself in the outdoors and work toward becoming an outdoor instructor. To augment the practical subjects and round out your skill set we’ll spend some time studying risk assessment and management, meteorology, environmental science, communication skills, tikanga Maori, leadership and facilitation, outdoor first aid, pursuit theory, trip planning, exercise science, work and study skills.

  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    NZ Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi Skilled) (Level 4)
  • Location:
  • Method of Study:
    Full time
  • Holiday Duration:
    2 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    34 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    36 weeks
  • Start Date:
    13 February 2023
  • End Date:
    20 October 2023
  • $8,182

  • International Fee (2023):


Graduate Profile

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Adventure 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 equivalent 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.

Education pathway

This qualification provides a pathway to the New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 5) [Ref: 3766].

Entry Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have successfully completed NCEA level 1 (or equivalent) and attained 42 NCEA credits at level 3.
  • Be able to demonstrate suitable physical capability as outlined in the enrolment questionnaire and have a high likelihood of success in this programme.
  • Applicants must hold a current First Aid Certificate which includes unit standards 6400, 6401, 6402 or equivalent, which has been completed within the previous 6 months of application.
  • Applicants must successfully meet the safety check requirements of the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014 (conditional acceptance may be granted while this process is completed).
  • Have their application reviewed by TPP staff.
  • Have evidence of appropriate language competency if English is not the applicant’s first language of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) with no band below 5.0.

Special Notes:

  • Special entry may be recommended by the programme leader for applicants who do not meet the above criteria.


This is a Safety Sensitive Programme