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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Outdoor Leadership

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Course overview

Course Code 6M5147
QQI Award Code 6M5147 Sports, Recreation and Exercise
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is the second year of a two year course during which students continue gaining certification and professional qualifications required for employment in the Outdoor Adventure Education industry. Students continue to develop skills in various outdoor activities, as well as completing training in the psychology of instruction and dealing with groups of various ages, background and ability. Successful students will graduate as qualified as Instructors with Certificates awarded by the governing bodies of these activities in Ireland.

What will you Study?

Windsurfing Instruction 6N5365
River Kayaking Instruction 6N5193
Sailing Instructor 6N5348
Sports Industry Practice 6N4650
Communications 6N1950
Work Practice 6N1947
First aid 5N1207
Powerboat Instruction 6N5192
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
6M5147

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Further Research

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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Leisure, Sport & Fitness
Tourism & Hospitality
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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