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National Training Symposium

Registration opens 31st January 2015!

Earlybird Rates available until: 31st May 2015

Closing date for Registrations: 1st August 2015

NZOIA is pleased to announce that the 2015 Symposium will hosted by Peel Forest Outdoor Centre.
The NZOIA National Training Symposium aims to encourage the continual professional development of our ‘on-the-ground’ instructors and has a practical focus. The Symposium combines Refresher Workshops to meet instructor revalidation requirements and a smorgasbord of interesting, stimulating and challenging Training Workshops. It is a forum to network, upskill, train and revalidate NZOIA qualifications. People come from all over to attend the Symposium, including overseas. One factor that makes the Symposium such a great event is that everyone has at least one thing in common - a love for the outdoors, making this a super fun and exciting time for all. Want to get in touch with Symposium attendees prior to the Symposium? Try contacting them though our facebook page.

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When is it? Dates... 

The Symposium starts the evening of Thursday 1st October and finishes 12.30pm (ish) on Sunday the 4th October.
The Assessor's Conference is on the 1st October, and if you are a new assessor, the Assessors Training is on the 30th September.

Registration closes on the 1st August 2015 - this is a popular event so get in quick, spaces are limited!

The Venue

Peel Forest is ideally located for a symposium with a wide variety of outdoor venues close by for the Refresher and Training workshops. Using a mixture of accommodation options, Peel Forest Outdoor Centre is able to cater and accommodate 150+ people, and has a fantastic supporting staff.

To find out more about the centre, click here.

Registration Options
One of the factors that makes the Symposium such a success is having a group of likeminded and fun people together at the same venue.

We want the Symposium to be a relaxed event without the need for policing who has paid for what. We don’t think it is fair when people pay for the full package while others piggy back on the networking and social opportunities that having a big group provides. For this reason we have simplified the registration options and removed the non-residential rate for 2015.  Remember the full residential package includes: 2 days of workshops (training and refresher), accommodation (tent site or bed), food (snacks, 9 meals including an extra special feed on Saturday night, tea, coffee and other beverages for the duration of the event), transport to and from workshop locations and space for you to all socialise, network and have a bit of fun. Where else can you get all that for $400 or less?

Full Registration

                This year, there are 2 accommodation options available: 

                      1. Bed: Bunkroom style accommodation, with shared bathroom facilities. Beds are limited so get in quick! (To help keep costs down we will not be employing cleaners - you will need to leave the place how you found it).
                      2. Camping: Campers will bring their own tent and set-up at the local campground. There are communal toilets and showers for use.


Saturday Night Dinner & Social Function only

Can’t make the whole Symposium but want to catch up with some people over dinner, watch the NZOIA awards ceremony and have a bit of a dance on the Saturday night? For $50 and we’ll give you a glass of bubbles, dinner & dessert and the opportunity to have a great time on the d-floor or chat the night away with your buddies.



Registration Type

   Member - Earlybird*   

   Member - Normal       Non-Member    
Full Registration - Bed $390 $440 $550
Full Registration - Camp $350 $400 $510
Saturday Dinner & Social Function n/a $50 $50

* Earlybird Rate applies to NZOIA Members only. The earlybird rate only applies when members have completed all registration documentation AND payment by the 31st May 2015. If either is incomplete as at the 31st May you will be required to pay the normal rate.

How do I Register?

Registration for the 2015 is an online process thanks to the use of ActiveReg online. This makes it easy for people to submit all their information online, without having to scan/fax/post anything in. It also allows to you to sign back into your registration change your preferences, contact details and select training workshops (once I put them on there!) without having to contact NZOIA. When you go through the registration process you can choose to pay online with your credit card, or select another payment method such as direct credit, cheque or request an invoice. You will need to choose a password - it will need to be one of those annoying one's that require a minimum of 8 characters, and a mixture of uppercase & lowercase letters and a number. I intensely dislike those passwords too,  but how about Symposium2015? Symp2015? Sympos15? 2015Symposium?  You get the idea...

Fees Refund Policy

Your registration fees do not cover the full cost of the event, NZOIA absorbs over 40% of the cost for the Symposium.

When a participant withdraws:
- Before the event closing date (i.e. before the 1st August): NZOIA will deduct a $50 administration fee, the balance can then be refunded or transferred to another event.
- After the closing date: The fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. It is transferable (minus a $50 administration fee) under exceptional circumstances (e.g. bereavement, medical reasons), medical certificates/other evidence may be required.
- Fees for missed meals / late arrivals / early departures will not be refunded.

NZOIA acknowledges the funding provided to it by:

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  • logo Water Safety
  • logo Sparc

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