The Diploma is offered using distance learning modules so you can go for the whole qualification or just what you are interested in. You can do nearly all the Diploma from your base, wherever it is.
This distance learning programme is designed for people who want to enhance their employment options within the ecotourism industry. Graduates will gain specific skill sets that will enhance their employment opportunities within this industry.
This programme is delivered in short awards, predominately using distance learning methods with some block courses necessary to complete the diploma. It is ideal if you are already employed and wish to complete some study while working.
Interpretation and Cultural Tourism
We deliver you 3 compulsory Modules including: Guiding, Ecosystems and Culture in Tourism which make up 60 credits.
You must then complete another module from a choice of two, either Business Skills or a Sustainability paper. (20 credits).
To complete the Diploma in Ecotourism, you have a choice of a number of electives which you can combine to finish the qualification. These are: Legislation in Ecotourism, Marine Mammals and Research (40 credits).
The Diploma in Ecotourism is designed to give you the flexibility to study while in the workforce and to study the particular aspect of Ecotourism you wish to pursue.
Our diploma in ecotourism offers many opportunities. Graduates have gone on to successful careers in tourism business management, senior level guiding and conservation interpretation and education. Others have found it an invaluable chance to make substantial environmental improvements to their existing businesses.
Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 6.0.
Selection Criteria apply. Special Entry may be granted where evidence exists that the applicant can successfully complete the diploma programme. This may include demonstrating an understanding of NZ Biology, Ecology and Earth Sciences to Level 4 of the National Qualifications Framework. Please contact the Polytechnic for details.