New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor Instruction & Guiding (Level 5)

New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor Instruction & Guiding (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.

This practical programme is delivered in conjunction with TOPEC and practical training makes use of the unique landscape of Taranaki and surrounding areas.

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 qualificato, however, if you think you have the pre-requisite skills for direct entry, call us and we can discuss your options.

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Situated in a natural bush setting adjacent to the Waiwhakaiho River, TOPEC has accommodation, a large commercial kitchen in the main lodge and separate staff quarters. The off-the-grid EcoLodge conference and accommodation centre symbolises our environmental sustainability commitment.

As a registered Private Training Establishment (PTE), TOPEC employs qualified teachers, alongside highly-qualified, passionate instructors. This combination provides the best learning programmes for the needs of students. Students participate in life-affirming experiences and realise they can influence their life in a positive way.

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 Adventure Education are capable of leading groups and managing clients or students safely 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 and 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 entertaining their clients or students.

Changes for 2023 learners

On 1 November 2022, WITT and the programme you have enrolled in became part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology .
When you apply to study with WITT in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed.
Please note that all programmes offered by WITT and other subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga are under review. This is to make sure they are portable, consistent, and aligned with the needs of the industry to provide you with excellent and quality educational opportunities.

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