Diploma in Outdoor Recreation Leadership

Gain the skills and knowledge to turn your passion for the outdoors into a comprehensive leadership qualification. The Diploma in Outdoor Recreation Leadership is recognised within the industry as producing highly effective outdoor leaders who are equipped with a range of skills, including theoretical and practical knowledge and experience. You spend a significant amount of time off-campus at a variety of locations. Graduates are able to continue their studies by cross-crediting to the Outdoor Education major in the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

The Diploma in Outdoor Recreation Leadership is now closed to new enrolments. Consider our Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Outdoor Education as an alternative.

Quick facts

Programme code: AK3408
Level: 6
Points: 240
Duration: 2 years full-time
Venue: North Campus
Start date: 18 July 2016

AUT encourages early application. This qualification will remain open until all places have been filled.

Entry requirements

  • NCEA: 48 level 2 credits including 8 level 2 credits
    in any one subject from: Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies or Business Studies, Economics, Physical Education, Te Reo Māori, Te Reo Rangatira
  • CIE: Total 60 points at UCAS, including one subject similar to the NCEA subjects above

Selection criteria

  • Interview may be required
  • Addendum (this is usually in the form of a written commentary which
    may list reasons for choosing the course of study, related experience and/or understanding of the career choice)


The Diploma in Outdoor Recreation Leadership combines academic principles and field work and is based on a holistic outdoor education philosophy. You complete work placements where critical industry relationships are formed and where the theory and practice you have learned at AUT are reinforced in the working environment.

Year 1 papers

514002 Introduction to Managing and Quality Service
515203 Professional Practice
515568 Land Based Pursuits
515569 Water Based Pursuits
516550 Group Development and Facilitation in the Outdoors
516551 Advanced Pursuit Practice
516552 Ngahere/Bushcraft
516554 Outdoor Leadership

Year 2 papers

515310 Planning Sport and Recreation Events
515563 Wilderness Emergency Care
516001 Industry Experience and Research

516036 Skill Acquisition
516546 Teaching and Leadership in the Outdoors
516547 Outdoor Project
516553 Applied Outdoor Leadership Practice
555201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Career opportunities

  • Independent outdoor leadership contractor
  • Outdoor activity programme designer
  • Outdoor activity programme facilitator
  • Adventure tourism guide
  • Commercial guide
  • Commercial high rope access
  • Instructing at outdoor recreation and education centres
  • Leading outdoor pursuits - white water kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling and bush craft
  • Recreation management

Last updated: 04-May-2016 9.56am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.