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Tertiary institutions offering outdoor qualifications in Aotearoa New Zealand:  


Ara Institute of Canterbury

AUT  - Auckland Institute of Technology

Lincoln University

NMIT - Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology 

Otago Polytech

Otago University

Tai Poutini Polytechnic

University of Canterbury

Whitireia Community Polytechnic

Wintech - Waikato Institute of Technology 


Other Outdoor Qualification Providers 

Skills Active Aotearoa

Skills Active Aotearoa is the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for sport, exercise, recreation and performing arts. Through the Outdoor Recreation pathway, a range of activity-specific qualifications can be attained.

The New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Leadership - EOTC attracts a Ministry of Education subsidy for practicing teachers.


The New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA)

NZOIA offer qualifications in 9 outdoor disciplines and across three levels of Leader, Instructor, and Senior Leader:


Training and assessment opportunities

The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) carries a compiled list of training providers.

 Module-based training and assessment is also on offer. AdventureWorks is interested in tailoring to meet the best time for teachers in school. Contact them to start the conversation.



Ara Institute of Canterbury


 University of Canterbury