FREE | NZ Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) [Level 4]

Study Options



1 year


Level 4

Do you love outdoor adventure and want to share it with others?

This one-year programme will teach you how to guide people safely in a range of outdoor pursuits, such as kayaking, rafting, mountain biking and tramping and will put you on the path to a job in outdoor education and recreation.

You will learn both in the classroom and out on field trips, with a balance of theory and practice. The programme covers soft skills like leadership, communication, teamwork and professionalism, as well as knowledge and skills for guiding people in outdoor activities, such as planning and logistics, weather, navigation, risk management, and so on.

You will also learn about kaitiakitanga and environmental sustainability along with the tikanga and kawa relevant to your field trips.


The NZ Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) [Level 4] programme is a full-time, one-year programme that equips you with the knowledge and skills to enter the outdoor adventure, recreation and tourism industries.

As a graduate you will be competent across a range of outdoor activities and will be able to plan, prepare and safely lead outdoor activities in low-risk, low-technical outdoor environments, under supervision.

You may also be eligible to apply for full registration on the New Zealand Register of Recreation Professionals (NZRRP).

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff and to view our facilities.

Subject Areas

  • Leadership concepts, theories and application
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and hauora in the context of the outdoors
  • Four outdoor pursuits (subject to availability):
    –  Kayaking
    –  Rafting
    –  Mountain biking
    –  Rock climbing

Career and Study Opportunities

Upon graduating you could progress to Level 5 study at EIT, e.g. a Certificate or Diploma in Exercise, a Diploma in Tourism and Travel, or a Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science.

This programme provides a pathway to paid or volunteer roles as a trainee instructor, leader or guide within community and private outdoor or adventure education, recreation and tourism providers.


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry Requirements

English Language Entry Requirement

Entry with Credit

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.