NZOIA qualifications are recognised throughout NZ as the industry standard.

    We are the qualification body for ten outdoor activities or disciplines with three levels of qualification.

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    NZOIA is the professional body for outdoor instructors, leaders and
    guides and has promoted excellence in outdoor instruction for 30+ years.

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    NZOIA is the qualification body for 9 outdoor disciplines. There are 3 levels to each qualification, which are recognised nationally as the industry standard. 

    NZOIA has developed outdoor instructing and guiding in New Zealand into a profession, through a commitment to training, standards, currency, and a code of conduct. Assessment, through formal peer review of instruction and guiding practices, has improved our way of working. We are responsible for promoting the highest standards of outdoor instruction and guiding, and striving to ensure that outdoor activity participants enjoy quality experiences.


    Prerequisite Exemption Policy

    NZOIA 1 qualifications are a prerequisite for their NZOIA 2 assessments for two key reasons:

    • NZOIA 1 assessment tasks will/may not be repeated in the NZOIA 2 assessment so we need to know the candidate has prior competence. e.g. commercial abseil set-up in Rock 1 is not specifically identified in the Rock 2 syllabus.
    • Assessors reported that a high percentage of candidates who went directly to a NZOIA 2 assessment were finding the assessment challenging resulting in deferments and re-sits.

    If you want to advance directly to a NZOIA 2 assessment you can apply for an exemption to this prerequisite.  You will need to provide the following evidence:

    • Instructional and personal days above the minimum the NZOIA 2 assessment requires
    • An attestation from an NZOIA 1 Assessor

    The NZOIA 1 Assessor must attest that you are competent in all aspects of the NZOIA 1 syllabus including working with clients. To reliably do this the Assessor would have needed to see you working over a period of time. This does not give you the NZOIA 1 qualification, it simply assures NZOIA that you are ready for a NZOIA 2 assessment and have been working at NZOIA 1 competently and repetitively.

    If you are in this situation please apply to the Technical Sub Committee outlining your instructional and personal experience along with your attestation from a current NZOIA 1 Assessor in the discipline you are applying for.

    This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis in light of current industry regulation.  It is likely that direct entry to NZOIA 2 qualifications will no longer be possible in the near future.

    Download the Exemption Policy Here

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