Group hiking amongst a snowy ridge line towards Ben Lomond in Queenstown

Pure Exploration Qualifications

Transformative Experiences. Diverse Locations. Immersive Education.

Program Qualifications

Our program syllabus is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and expertise to excel as an outdoor adventure guide. Under the guidance of our seasoned instructors, you will undergo high industry training aimed at upskilling and honing your capabilities to ensure you meet the industry benchmark. Through hands-on experience and theoretical learning, you will earn a range of industry recognised qualifications. These qualifications not only validate your proficiency but also open doors to a myriad of opportunities within the outdoor adventure sector. Our dedicated team is committed to supporting you every step of the way as you work towards attaining these coveted certifications. With our programs, you will emerge fully equipped and confident to embark on a fulfilling career as an outdoor adventure guide.

Not only will you gain industry recognised qualifications, you will build out a logbook full of proven experience both as a group, solo and guiding, a logbook is pivotal to you getting your dream job as an outdoor adventure guide.

Pure Exploration certificate

Our Pure Exploration Certificate of Adventure Guiding is designed to showcase the skills you have learned and the level of which you will be capable to guide. It will display both the practical skills and personal skills you have gained on program. The certificate will show that you have received training to the New Zealand Outdoor Instructor Association (NZOIA) standard. You will be able to use this certificate alongside a reference from Pure Exploration when applying for future jobs in the outdoor industry.

NZOIA Qualifications

New Zealand Outdoor Instructor Association (NZOIA) has developed outdoor instructing and guiding in New Zealand into a profession. The qualifications recognise your performance and reflect the minimum requirements for you to lead, instruct or guide others, in a given activity or environment. NZOIA is recognised throughout New Zealand as the industry standard and can be transferred to similar qualifications in other locations.


A logbook is one of the most vital tools when looking for your next job in the outdoor industry. You will learn how to document personal hiking/rock climbing days and log your instructor days which demonstrates to future employers that you have the right experience required to work as a guide or instructor. Your logbook will showcase the locations, trails, crags and places you have been to during the program.

Outdoor First Aid

On many of our course you will gain an advanced outdoor first-aid certification. These courses are a combination of comprehensive first aid alongside emergency care management. Including basic first aid such as CPR, trauma and poisoning as well as to how to provide, assess, and manage extended periods of first aid in outdoor recreation environments.

Swift Water Rescue

Learn important swift water rescue techniques and leave with a valid certification on our New Zealand and Nepal programs. Finishing the program with an Outdoor River Safety Certification - including developing skills on river crossing skills for tramping, river running considerations, conditional rescues and water risk assessments.

Male rock climbing on a coastal crag in Dunedin New Zealand

Contact Us

202 Glenda Drive,
Queenstown, New Zealand.

USA: + 1 (888) 417 6026
UK: +44 (808) 303 4684
AUS: + 61 (4) 8209 4249
NZ: +64 (3) 288 2393

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