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    Training Calendar | How to Apply


    NZOIA offers training courses for instructors and guides who are preparing for an assessment. These courses are run with low ratios by Assessors.

    Who are the courses for?

    Instructor/Guide training courses are designed for people who have already developed their personal skills in a particular discipline, have begun leading and instructing others under supervision, and who wish to be NZOIA qualified. Your technical skills and experience should be close to the standard expected on assessment. The requirements are detailed in each qualification Scope and Syllabus. 

    The training course will go through the major elements required on assessment. They should help you identify any gaps before you attend the assessment. You should aim to complete your assessment within 3 to 12 months of a training course.

    Alternatively, current qualification holders may wish to refresh and up-skill through attending a training course. In some cases, this will also qualify as a revalidation event. See Revalidation and Registration for more info.

    Course fees


      Associate & Full Members


    2 days 


    1 day


    Limited Time Offer - Save $100!!

    From 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 NZOIA is offering a Training and Assessment package. For more details click here.

     If you’re not already an NZOIA member, you can join as an Associate Member to access these discounted training courses.

    NZOIA's Course Fees Policy 

    Stand-down period between Training and Assessment

    Ideally there should be a period of several months between training and assessment. This allows you time to work on any gaps that have been highlighted by the training course. It is NZOIA policy that you cannot be trained and assessed by the same person within a 6-week period. Please ensure you plan accordingly. This is mostly applicable to Free Range Assessments

    Do you require a customised course?

    If you have specific training needs or require a course for your staff on a particular date or location, we’ll be happy to put a Custom course together for you. 

    Assessment preparation and training

    Nearly every person who attends an NZOIA assessment acknowledges the value of training. Not only does it help improve the quality of your instruction and how you guide a group, but it will also ensure an assessment is a positive experience that results in a pass. No-one wants to attend an assessment and not pass!

    Training tips

    • Attend training courses
    • Take friends out as model clients and ask for feedback
    • Link with other instructors and guides in your region and arrange peer training sessions
    • Review the Scope and Syllabus document closely
    • Contact others who have been on assessments and ask for advice
    • Contact the Assessment Coordinator with any queries about the programme or syllabus This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Find a mentor who will guide your development
    • Read the relevant resources


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