New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management - Level 5
This course provides the first level of professional training available, enabling participants to work in all sectors of the avalanche industry.
During this course, you will firstly gain a sound understanding of underpinning theory in your own time. You will then move into solidifying these concepts in a supportive group setting during the on-snow/classroom sessions.
The course is 12-weeks long. Ten modules will be delivered via online study for ten weeks. This will include 5, live online study sessions to answer questions and refine concepts. During this ten-week period, you will also be asked to practise on-snow skills. You will then undertake one week of practical and assessment and have one week of reflection, during which you will evaluate your next steps and complete any re-assessment as required.
Graduates may be employed or work as volunteers under (direct or indirect) supervision, in a range of operations actively assisting in the management of avalanche hazard and risk including: ski areas, heli-ski operations, cat-skiing operations, snow-mobile operations, road contractors, alpine and other outdoor guiding and instruction operations, hunting, trekking, Department of Conservation, alpine search and rescue, and education providers.
Please note: This qualification replaces the Avalanche Safety Stage 1 course.
For more information see the links below:
- Otago Polytechnic (Short and Semester courses)
- Mountain Education Centre (Certificate in Ski Patrol - Tai Poutini Polytechnic) (Semester course)