Outdoor Instruction and Guiding

Take your outdoor skills to the next level with our NZ Diploma in Outdoor Adventure Education – and learn how to share your knowledge with others.

In 2020, TPP is introducing the New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor Adventure Education (Multi Skilled) (Level 5). The programme offers all the same fantastic outdoor education training that TPP is famous for, under a new, nationally recognised framework.

If you’re passionate about the outdoors, what better way to earn a living than sharing your passion with like-minded people! You will work with a wide variety of real clients in organised, supervised, instruction and guiding opportunities, receiving regular feedback and mentoring to improve your practice and prepare you for leading others out in the industry.

The nationally recognised New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA) Leader qualifications are embedded into our programmes. They give you a kick start in the adventure industry and connect you with the wider instruction and guiding community.

Generally, you will need to have completed our Certificate programme to gain entry into the Diploma, however if you think you have the pre-requisite skills for direct entry, give us a call and we can discuss your options. 


  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    NZ Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi Skilled) (Level 4)
  • Location:
  • Method of Study:
    Full time
  • Holiday Duration:
    2 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    32 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    34 weeks
  • Start Date:
    February 2021
  • End Date:
    October 2021
  • $7,686

Graduate Profile

Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor Adventure Education are capable of leading groups and managing clients or students safely in a range of outdoor settings in the education or tourism sectors.

The personal technical skill-set of graduates will be equivalent to that required by professional level qualifications (NZOIA, SKOANZ, NZRA) so graduates are capable of operating in moderate- to high-risk outdoor settings. This recognises a fundamental principle in outdoor leadership: that an instructor or guide must be able to operate safely and effectively in risk settings which are higher than those in which they may be expected to manage client safety.

Graduates will specialise in technical pursuit instruction, education or tourism experience management.

Knowledge and skills in safety management and group leadership will allow graduates to make proactive decisions in the field. This creates the potential to guide and instruct clients, unsupervised, in a variety of outdoor settings of low to moderate risk.

Group facilitation, presentation and teaching skills will allow graduates to effectively deliver the stated outcomes of the organisation they represent. These could include technical skill delivery and instruction, personal development, environmental and health education and tourism experience management.

Knowledge of Aotearoa New Zealand’s special flora and fauna, its geophysical and socio-cultural make-up along with contemporary studies of global and local environmental issues allow graduates to “tell the story” of New Zealand while enlightening and entertaining their clients or students.

Education pathways

This qualification may provide a pathway to the:

New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Senior Leadership (Level 6) with strands Alpine, Bush, Caving, Education Outside The Classroom, Mountain Biking (Grade 5), Senior Raft Guide (Grade III), Senior Raft Guide (Grade IV/V), Senior River Boarding Guide (Grade III), Senior River Boarding Guide (Grade IV/V), and Rock Climbing.

Entry Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have successfully completed NCEA level 2 (or equivalent) and attained 42 NCEA credits at level 3.
  • Have completed a full year Outdoor Education programme at level 4 or provide evidence of equivalent prior outdoor academic experience.
  • Must hold a current (completed within the previous 18 months before application) First Aid Certificate which includes unit standards 6400, 6401, 6402 or equivalent.
  • Be able to demonstrate suitable physical capability as outlined in the enrolment questionnaire and have high likelihood of success in this programme.
  • Applicants must successfully meet the safety check requirements of the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014 (conditional acceptance may be granted while this process is completed).
  • Have their application reviewed by TPP staff.
  • Have evidence of appropriate language competency if English is not the applicant’s first language of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) with no band below 5.0.
  • Special entry may be recommended by the programme leader for applicants who do not meet the above criteria.

Entry requirements:

New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-Skilled) (Level 4) [Ref: 3765] or equivalent.


This is a Safety Sensitive Programme