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FAQ's for the National Certificate in Recreation and Sport (Education Outside the Classroom)

National Certificate in Recreation and Sport (Education Outside the Classroom)

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Thank you for your interest in the National Certificate in Recreation and Sport (EOTC).  This FAQ sheet has been developed to provide you with more information about the qualification and answer some of the frequently asked questions.
What does the qualification involve?
This qualification is a distance learning and assessment programme that any teacher or coordinator who leads EOTC activities can access and complete at their own pace.  There are two modules to complete, and the programme sits alongside the Ministry of Education’s EOTC Guidelines: Bringing the Curriculum Alive (2009).  
You will receive two electronic workbooks to complete and some attestation forms that you will need to ask someone to complete for you.  You will also need to gather a portfolio of evidence of an EOTC activity and an EOTC event that you have planned, managed, and reviewed.
What do the two modules cover?
Module 1: EOTC and You – covers written questions about:
  • principles, purpose and vision of EOTC in NZ
  • key competencies and values students can develop through EOTC
  • policies, procedures and guidelines that relate to EOTC
  • your role - and role modelling professional behaviour
  • the value of recreation - types of EOTC activities, how they link to the curriculum, how different people participate in EOTC - their needs, benefits and barriers
  • dealing with different behaviours and behavioural styles
  • risk management - guidelines, documents and procedures
  • ask someone to complete attestation forms that you:
  1. deal with different behaviours and listen effectively
  2. work effectively in a team
  3. behave professionally.
Module 2: Running EOTC Events and Activities – written questions, or you can gather a portfolio of evidence from previous EOTC activities and events.
  • key responsibilities under HSE Act, accident and emergency reporting and recording procedures
  • write or attach an EOTC Activity Plan
  • write or attach a Risk Management Plan for the EOTC activity, Identify hazards for activity, and write or attach emergency plan
  • attach proposal, operational plans, risk management, hazard ID and evaluation plans/reports for an EOTC event (bigger event than the activity above)
  • ask someone to complete attestation forms that you:
  1. ran the activity you have described
  2. implemented the event
  3. managed hazards and risks.
Do I have to attend any workshops or training courses? No.  This qualification can be completed “on-job”. There is no compulsory off-site training required, however some people may find attendance at the Ministry of Education EOTC Guidelines workshops useful.  For more information about these workshops (including dates, locations and how to enrol) go to:
How long does it take? The qualification carries an eight month window for completion, but many of you can complete this much faster.  This will depend on how experienced, busy and motivated you are, and how much information you have at your fingertips.  For instance, one of the modules requires you to write or attach an activity plan, RAMs form, evaluation plan etc, if you already have these documents electronically then that would take two minutes, if you need to write them from scratch then obviously a lot longer.
When does the qualification start?
You can start this qualification at any time; there is no set dates to start by.
The only urgency to sign up soon would be to gain the MOE subsidy that is available for the first 150 places (see question below).
Is it suitable for primary and secondary school teachers? Yes.  This qualification has been designed to be accessible to the widest possible market.
Is it suitable for new or experienced teachers? Yes.  It can be a good training programme for new teachers, and a great way for experienced teachers to get their skills and knowledge formally recognised.
Is it only for Outdoor Education teachers? No.  This qualification may be of interest to any teachers that lead EOTC activities – such as teachers who lead field trips, Physical Education teachers, sport coordinators, teachers that take groups to a museum or anywhere outside school grounds.
Can I use previous work examples? Yes.
How will I be assessed? There are five assessors for this programme nationwide, and when you enrol you will be informed of who your assessor will be.  Your assessment is carried out remotely – so you may not meet your assessor, but they will be in touch to either clarify any of the information you provide or give you feedback on your workbooks.
What does the qualification cost? $400 + GST per person. This includes your enrolment fees, credit reporting fees, assessment resources, and all assessment costs.
This amount can be invoiced to yourself or your school/employer.
What about Ministry of Education subsidy? The Ministry of Education has shown their support for this professional development opportunity by offering a subsidy of $260 + GST for the first 150 people that enrol in the National Certificate and also for the new online EOTC self paced learning modules being released in 2013.  This means you will only be invoiced for $140+GST rather than $400+ GST.
To access this subsidy send your Training Agreement into Skills Active (by hard copy or scan and send to  Skills Active will then pass your details onto EONZ who will reserve you a subsidised space.
You will need to register for the EOTC self paced learning modules when they are released to confirm the subsidy.
What are these online learning modules? Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ), in partnership with the Ministry of Education, is creating on-line self-paced learning modules to develop and support the understanding and implementation of the Ministry's EOTC Guidelines: Bringing the Curriculum Alive (2009). There are eight modules that can be completed on-line, at the time and pace that suits each individual.
Go to the following website to find out more:
How do I sign up? If you would like to enrol in the qualification the next step is to complete a Skills Active Training Agreement.  This can be downloaded from the Skills Active website:
You will also need to attach a photocopy of your passport or birth certificate.
Please send your completed Training Agreement to Skills Active:
  • By mail:  Skills Active, PO Box 2183, Wellington
  • In person: Skills Active, 14 Sages Lane, Te Aro, Wellington
  • By email:
We will then send you out a welcome pack that contains your assessment workbooks and learning material.

If you still have further questions, please contact either:


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