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National Certificate in Adventure Tourism Level 4

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The aim of the programme is to provide the skills required to prepare for and guide adventure tourism day trips with clients. The course provides a pathway to the National Diploma in Tourism ( Management) level 5.

Graduates are able to provide first aid, prepare and deliver guided interpretation, and demonstrate knowledge of environmental awareness and Quality Tourism Standards for Adventure Tourism.

The course is suited to people training for a career, or currently employed, in the Adventure Tourism industry in New Zealand.

Course Structure

The course is studied full time over 21 weeks. The course is arranged into three blocks of seven weeks duration. Each block comprises approximately 30 Credits. The course is studied full time for 18 hours per week. A minimum of 12 hours per week Self Directed Study (SDS) will be expected. Students must achieve 92 Credits to be awarded the qualification. The 3 blocks which make up the course are listed below.

Health and safety looks at managing first aid situations in the outdoors. It also looks at risk management for outdoor recreation.

Visitor Information considers how visitors learn from interpretations and then progresses to teaching participants how to plan and deliver a guided excursion/ activity in the outdoors.

The Adventure Tourism focuses on guiding visitors through an adventure tourism activity and considering the pre and post duties for carrying out the practical activity.

This Block will be run by Rock and Ice New Zealand Ltd. Rock and Ice is an award winning company that provides an array of adventure experiences for different market segments including educational tourism, corporate conference & incentive adventure events and adventure based learning. Clients come from throughout New Zealand, America, Australia, Asia and Europe and include youth and adult participants. You will experience activities such as Abseiling, Challenge Ropes, Rafting, Eco walks and fun team challenges. You will be learning from industry leaders who hold high standards and expectations in professionalism, safety and providing the most memorable experiences for the customer. You will be experiencing these activities in the magnificent scenery of New Zealand.

Course Content

  • Health and Safety in a Tourism context
  • Visitor Interpretation
  • Adventure Tourism

Career opportunities

  • Tourism Management
  • Tourism Information centres
  • Adventure Tourism Small Business Enterprises
  • Tourism Marketing

Course entry requirements

Satisfactory completion of the National Certificate in Tourism and Travel (Core skills) (Level 3). Candidates may enter based on demonstrated equivalent knowledge and skills.

International students require to have a minimum IELTS 5.5

Students may be offered the opportunity to sit the RBC entry test as an alternative to IELTS to demonstrate an entry level equivalence.

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