Sustainability and outdoor education

About sustainability and outdoor education

Our sustainability and outdoor education programmes are unique in Australasia.  With a future focus, our programmes move beyond traditional models of learning in order to give you the knowledge and confidence to influence and inspire others to live life to the full, and to care for the planet.

Share your passion for sustainability, knowledge of geography and outdoor education and their relationship to our health and well-being. A career as an outdoor instructor, adventure or eco-tourism guide, ski/snowboard instructor, conservation worker or environmental educator will provide you with broad opportunities both here and overseas.

Studying sustainability and outdoor education

Well regarded for delivering high end applied programmes, our education professionals have extensive sector experience and are passionate about their role in helping you learn. They know the demands of working in this field and share their knowledge, experience and industry connections to ensure you have substantial training hours both on and off-campus.

Our qualifications provide you with the opportunity to gain industry qualifications or participate in an internship as part of the programme.

You can choose to study a range of programmes, from certificate level courses through to our graduate qualifications. Subjects on offer include outdoor recreation, skiing and snowboarding instruction, sustainability and outdoor education, and environmental and outdoor leadership.

In New Zealand, the Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education is the only outdoor education degree that includes sustainability as a major component.

Workforce restrictions for children's workforce

If you have a criminal conviction, and you are studying (or considering studying) toward a qualification that will lead to a job in the state funded sector (including teaching or providing youth services) working directly with children, you will need to check whether your conviction could prevent you from working in some roles in your chosen field.

This is because new legislation, the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014, will prevent state sector agencies and government-funded service providers from hiring people with convictions for "specified offences" to work with children in some roles. The restrictions came into effect on July 1 2015.

You can read the list of specified offences online here
You can get more information (including FAQ's) here

This information has been supplied by the Children's Action Plan Directorate and the Tertiary Education Commission.


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Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Programme code: CH4032 Level: 7 Credits: 120 Starts: February, July

Gain advanced professional development in sustainability and outdoor education with our graduate diploma qualifying you to teach others how to appreciate and explore the natural world.

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Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Programme code: CH4025 Level: 7 Credits: 360 Starts: February, July

Our three year degree is unlike any other offered in New Zealand, giving you the confidence to share your passion for sustainability and knowledge of our geography, outdoor education and its relation to our health and wellbeing.

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Graduate Certificate of Environmental and Outdoor Leadership

Programme code: CH4031 Level: 7 Credits: 60 Starts: February

Fine tune and strengthen your leadership skills for guiding others in outdoor environments and activities with our graduate programme.

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Diploma in Outdoor Education

Programme code: AO3077 Level: 6 Credits: 36 Starts: February

Outdoor Education is a global industry and the qualifications you gain here can open up opportunities to experience some of the most magnificent environments across the world and be paid for it.

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Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Management

Programme code: AO3069 Level: 5 Credits: 8 Starts: February

This is the programme where you can turn your passion for adventuring in the outdoors into the opportunity to get work as an outdoor instructor or guide in New Zealand and overseas.

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Diploma in Environmental and Outdoor Leadership

Programme code: CH4024 Level: 5 Credits: 120 Starts: February, July

With our unique qualification exploring concepts of ' environmental interpretation' you will discover the varied ecosystems and climates that are at work in our stunning natural landscapes and develop the critical skills you need for an exciting career in tourism, education or conservation.

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Certificate in Outdoor Recreation

Programme code: AO3076 Level: 4 Credits: 120 Starts: February

Begin your career or personal experience in outdoor pursuits, education and recreation.

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