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Gateway: Pathway to becoming a Outdoor Leader or DOC ranger

Boyle Gateway
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An overview

The Boyle Gateway programme supports Secondary School students who are engaging with Government’s Vocational pathways programme through their school’s Gateway Programme (GWP).  http://youthguarantee.net.nz/vocational-pathways/

Through the Boyle GWP you will become more informed and gain credits towards the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA)- The level depends on where you are at!, the National Certificate in Conservation (Trainee Ranger) 0642; the National Certificate in Parks and Reserves (Park Ranger) 1475; and the National Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Leadership) 1594.

Industry Experience
Work Experience
Career Pathways

Students will 

•    be familiar with the values held by the Boyle; 
•    be able to speak highly of the Boyle staff; 
•    have grown as a young person and therefore able to contribute to NZ society through your school or a club or a group that you belong          to; 
•   be better informed about the world of instructors and rangers and the pathway into those careers.More specifically, when you have               achieved the six unit standards, worth a total of 15 credits, you will be able to say with evidence , that you are able to: 
•    explain the health and safety roles and responsibilities of an individual working in a recreation environment; 
•    demonstrate knowledge of the emergency policies and procedures of a recreation organisation;
•    identify and eliminate, isolate, or minimise hazards and risks associated with a recreation activity and environment;
•    write a report at a level required by industry; 
•    give oral instructions in the workplace;
•    prepare for a work experience placement; carry out the placement; and reflect on the results of the placement;
•    access and gather weather information, and apply knowledge of weather information to a planned outdoor recreation activity; and
•    communicate in the outdoors using a two-way radio.

The Boyle GWP components


The Boyle Gateway work placement consists of four parts:
Part 1    A Health and Safety Course; a First Aid Course; and undertaking some research prior to participating in Part 2.  Thus Part 1 is a pre-requisite.
Part 2    The preparation week at the Boyle (36 hours minimum)
Part 3    A work placement week        either as a Trainee Leader     or as a Trainee Ranger (36     hours minimum)
Part 4    Writing a report about the work placement.
Parts 2 and 3 will see the students engaged for at least 72 hours. 
Through Part 1 students will:
1.    Gain the 3 credits attached to Unit Standard 497 or equivalent through doing a Health and Safety course, and either
2.    Gain the 2 credits attached to Unit Standards 26551 and 26552 through doing a first aid course, or 
3.    Gain the 3 credits attached to Unit Standards 6400, 6401 and 6402 through doing a first aid course, and
4.    Undertake research, and 
5.    Set goals so that they are partially prepared for the work placement.

     During Part 2 (the preparation week) students will:
•    Use a 2 way radio (US 4573, Level 2, 1 credit)
•    Collect and use weather information (US 20159, Level 2, 2 credits)
•    Study hazard identification, risk management, navigation, Leave No Trace, personal leadership, emergency scenario training and observe the instructors in action.


The environments we travel through are fragile. It is our responsibility as visitors to minimise the impact of our journey. We practice and apply Leave No Trace principles.

Leave No Trace website


By its very nature adventure involves an element of the unexpected. To get the most from this journey that you are mentally flexible, positive, and eager to take on challenges that arise. If you are uncertain about your suitablilty for this trip please give us a call.


Operated by the North Canterbury Alpine Trust; registered with the Charities Commission (CC 29732) and with WorkSafe NZ as an Adventure Activities Operator (AAO 395).


Private Bag 55002

Orchard Road

Christchurch, 8154

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