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Leadership (Level 3)

An opportunity to develop personal and peer leadership skills while participating in adventure based learning activities.

Duration: 4 days/30 hours

Credits: 3

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Leader Facilitation (Level 3)

Work-ready training in assisting the facilitation of adventure based learning and low ropes activities for a group of participants. Focussing on developing communication, co-operation, problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Duration: 10 weeks, 8 hours per week

Credits: 12

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NZ Certificate in Outdoor Experiences (Level 3)

A course to challenge yourself in the outdoors and enhance teamwork and communication skills. You will build your technical skills in rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, bush craft and navigation, as well as theoretical skills to operate safely in the outdoors.

Commences mid-February

Duration: 30 weeks, two days

per week

Credits: 40

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Pest Eradication and Bush Survival

Join the growing predator-free Taranaki environmental movement and start a journey in conservation. This Level 3 training scheme is ideal for practical-minded students with a desire to learn bushcraft and contribute to positive change. We can also run Level 2 training for Year 11 and 12 if there is demand.

Duration: 1 day per week for 1 term/10 weeks

Credits: 16






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NZ Certificate in Outdoor Leadership (Level 4)

Developing and refining your skills as a leader in the outdoors and building on your technical skills in your selected pursuit: abseiling, bushwalking, rock climbing, high ropes, sea kayaking or white water kayaking.

This is a standalone course or can be combined with WIT -Te Pukenga's NZ Diploma in Business Level 5.

Duration: Part or full time
Credits: 60




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NZ Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 5)

Advance your skills as an instructor and learn how to share your knowledge and skills with others to gain work as a guide or instructor in the fun outdoor and tourism industry.

You will work with a variety of clients on the job at TOPEC, receiving mentoring from their experienced Outdoor Instructors as you improve your skills and prepare to lead others into the outdoor world.

You can also obtain the nationally recognised NZ Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA) Leader qualifications, further connecting you with the wider instruction and guiding community.

Outdoor instructors are in demand in New Zealand, and with this qualification, you can gain work in the exciting outdoor and tourism industry or go on to further study.

Generally, you would have completed the Level 4 qualification to gain entry into this qualification, however, if you think you have the pre-requisite skills for direct entry, call us, and we can discuss your options.

Entry Requirements 

  • New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor & Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 4); or

  • Equivalent knowledge, skills, experience or study.


Career Options 

Graduates of the NZ Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi Skilled) (Level 5) can lead groups and safely manage clients or students in a range of moderate-to-high-risk outdoor settings in the education or tourism sectors.

Graduates will specialise in technical pursuit instruction and gain knowledge and skills in safety management, group leadership, and facilitation. Presentation and teaching skills will allow graduates to effectively deliver the desired outcomes of the organisation they will represent when employed. These could include technical skill delivery, instruction, personal development and resilience training, environmental and health education, and tourism experiences.

Knowledge of Matauranga Maori, Aotearoa New Zealand flora and fauna, its geographical make-up, along with local and global environmental and sustainability issues, will allow graduates to the ‘show the narrative’ of New Zealand while enlightening and entertain their clients or students.

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What will I learn?

Each course has a focus on outdoor pursuit skill training alongside leadership, people skills and personal development. You will learn about planning, preparing and leading groups in the outdoors, managing risk to enable safe but challenging experiences, interpreting weather, bush survival and navigation, environmental sustainability, abseiling, climbing and caving, rafting and kayaking skills. Your confidence will grow, and your people management will improve.

What careers can it lead to?

Start your journey in this exciting industry and benefit from an active outdoors career that can lead to a career in adventure tourism, community health, education, outdoor instruction and guiding, the defence force or police, conservation and restoration, paramedic and search and rescue.

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Who should apply?

At school, just left or been in the workforce for a while?

These courses are ideal for you! or come and experience the amazing Taranaki. Stay local, study and train either full-time or while still working or at school. Our industry-experienced qualified tutors will help you develop and challenge yourself while gaining a relevant leadership qualification.

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