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The NZOIA Qualifications Scheme recognizes your performance and reflects the minimum requirements for a person to lead, or instruct others, in a given activity or environment. NZOIA qualifications are recognised throughout NZ as the industry standard.

The NZOIA qualification scheme has been developed in partnership with other relevant industry bodies such as: Whitewater NZ (used to be NZ Recreational Canoeing Association), NZ Speleological Society, Sea Kayak Operators Association NZ and various Canyon Guides/Operators throughout NZ. 

The scheme has 3 qualification levels:

- Leader

Leader level instructors’ can work independently without direct supervision. Leaders are qualified to operate within an activity and site specific risk management plan but the qualification does not define the skill set required to approve such a plan. Specific scope and skills sets required are defined in each qualification’s Scope & Syllabus and Assessment Guide documents. This is a foundation level qualification and provides a stepping stone towards the instructor level qualifications.

- Level 1 – Instructor

Level 1 instructors’ can work independently without supervision. They have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of safety management plans and processes and are able to approve these plans. This qualification is not site specific and therefore Level 1 instructors can work nationally without a requirement to be inducted into a site. Specific scope and skill sets required are defined in each qualification’s Scope & Syllabus and the Assessment Guide documents.

- Level 2 – Senior Instructor

Level 2 instructors’ can work independently without supervision. It is for those who are instructing more advanced skills, developing and supervising programmes and training instructional staff. They have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of safety management plans and processes and are able to critique and approve these plans. This qualification is not site specific and Level 2 instructors can work nationally without a requirement to be inducted into a site. Specific scope and skill sets required are defined in each qualification’s Scope & Syllabus and the Assessment Guide documents.

Scope & Syllabus and Assessment Guides

The Scope, Syllabus and Assessment Guide documents can be found under the specific discipline page. E.g. to find the Rock 1 Scope & Syllabus and Assessment Guide documents select the ‘Rock’ image to the right of this text.

Each qualification is described by a scope and has a syllabus. This syllabus represents the minimum level of ability required for an instructor or guide to be safe and effective in this discipline at the qualification level.

The qualifications are currently undergoing a review and as this is carried out an Assessment Guide is developed for each qualification. The Assessment Guide assists candidates in knowing what they will be assessed on and what assessment tasks they will be asked to complete.

 

Core Generics

The Core Generics document comprises those skills that are necessary for all outdoor instructors, irrespective of the activity area, in order to provide a safe and rewarding outdoor experience. Each of these aspects will be included in any assessment course run by NZOIA. With the current Syllabus review, the Core Generics document will be phased out, and the skills pertaining to that will be reflected in the individual qualification syllabus document. The syllabus for each individual qualification will tell you if you need to refer to the Core Generics Syllabus.

Training

Training for an NZOIA assessment can take place in many shapes and forms. NZOIA offers training courses for those who are preparing for an assessment. To aid in the success of an assessment, we strongly encourage people to attend a training course before applying, however it is not mandatory component.

For more information about NZOIA Training click here

Assessment

NZOIA assessments are designed to give candidates an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in both personal and instructional areas. Assessors strive to create an environment that is non-threatening and where communication is open - we want assessments to be positive learning experiences.

Assessments range from 1 day to 4 days long depending on the pursuit.

For more information about NZOIA Assessments click here

Qualification Validity

For a qualification to remain valid within NZOIA, the qualification holders must:
1. Maintain membership of NZOIA and register their qualifications annually.
2. Maintain a current first aid certificate.
3. Revalidate their qualifications on a three yearly cycle (see Revalidation).
4. Log personal and instructional experience and professional development.

This process allows employers and other stakeholders (e.g students and parents) to have confidence in an instructor that is maintaining currency by continuing professional development and upholding the high standard that NZOIA represents. 

So how do you get an NZOIA Qualification?

1. Check out the Scope & Syllabus and Assessment Guide Documents for the qualification you are interested in to see if you meet the requirements or to find out what you need to work towards.

2. Join NZOIA as a full member.

3. Find the assessment on the course calendar – ensure you have all the necessary documentation ready to go.

4. Apply for the assessment.

5. Attend and pass your assessment

6. Maintain your qualification by keeping up with revalidation requirements.

NZOIA acknowledges the funding provided to it by:

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  • logo Water Safety
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