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The New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA) is the professional body for outdoor instructors and guides
and has promoted excellence in outdoor instruction and guiding through qualifications since 1987.

  1100+ Members                        Excellence in Outdoor Leadership                 30 years Experience   

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Associate Membership is a great way to stay engaged and in touch with NZOIA and the outdoor industry. Any person or organisation may apply to join NZOIA as an Associate Member. If you have qualifications but they are 'on hold' you may step-down to associate membership.

1 July to 30 June - $60


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Full Membership is for active outdoor leaders, instructors or guides who are committed to qualifications and enhancing the quality of outdoor instruction. You need to be a full member to apply for an NZOIA assessment. 

1 July to 30 June - $220

(Student & Leader Members - $160)

1 Jan to 30 June - $110


Affiliated membership is a low cost and flexible membership option for outdoor operators, offering guides and instructors access to NZOIA leader qualifications and membership benefits. 

1 July to 30 June

Tier 1 - $600 (5-10 Staff)

Tier 2 - $1000 (11-20 Staff)

Tier 3 - $1500 (20+ Staff)

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Why Choose NZOIA? 

NZOIA is the professional body for outdoor instructors. We aim to reflect the passion, determination, and spirit of our members.  NZOIA has promoted excellence in outdoor instruction and guiding through qualifications for professionals since 1987. We are the qualification body for ten outdoor activities or disciplines with three levels of qualification, which are regarded by employers throughout NZ as the benchmark of professionalism.

We've developed New Zealand outdoor instructing and guiding into a profession with our commitment to training, standards, currency, and a code of ethical practice. Assessment, through formal peer review of our instruction and guiding practices, has improved our way of working. We're responsible for promoting the highest standards of outdoor instruction and guiding, and striving to ensure that outdoor activities participants enjoy quality experiences.

NZOIA is run by people of the industry, for the industry. The NZOIA Board and NZOIA office staff comprise of people with extensive outdoor backgrounds and experience. They are members of NZOIA and qualification holders themselves and are subject to the same standards and processes that all NZOIA members are required to adhere to.

Your support allows us to work on your behalf and in the best interests of the sector by acting as an advocate to other bodies such Sport New Zealand, WorkSafe, New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA), Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ), Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ) and the Mountain Safety Council (MSC) to name a few.

What Does NZOIA DO?

We promote the highest possible standards of outdoor instruction by:

  - Providing a nationally recognised assessment scheme for leaders and instructors.

  - Establish benchmarks for instructional quality and safety management.

  - Promoting and supporting the interests of our members, including providing a voice at decision making levels in the outdoors sector and government.

  - Maintain a register of qualified instructors that the public can access.

  - Communicating regularly with our members through newsletters, our website and national conferences.

  - Fostering strategic partnerships with other groups, to reach common goals for the outdoor sector.

  - Contribute to industry projects and offer expert advice.

  - Promote the enjoyment and conservation of our natural heritage.

  - Acting as a regulatory and disciplinary body ensuring the highest level of professional conduct within our membership.

More Information:

About NZOIA 

Membership and Registration Terms and Conditions

Code of Ethical Practice

- Use of the NZOIA logo

- Support to members in a crisis

Honorary Life Membership

An Honorary Member personifies the best combination of an excellent instructor, a high achieving personal performer, and an outstanding contributor to the work and promotion of NZOIA.

Our current Honorary Members are Ray Button, Jill Dalton, Grant Davidson, John Entwisle, Jo Straker, Mick Hopkinson, Matthew Cant and Andy Thompson.


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