APPRENTICESHIP: New Zealand Apprenticeship: Snowsport Equipment Technician (Level 4)

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NZA Snowsport Equipment Technician

Who is this qualification for?   

This apprenticeship is for bootfitters and workshop technicians working at an alpine resort, or a ski and snowboard rental, sales and workshop outlet.

Bootfitters and workshop technicians make sure people have properly fitted and prepared equipment for their alpine activities - whether they are brand new learners or high-performance athletes. These meticulous and detail-oriented professionals look after the gear and equipment in their care; fixing, fitting and repairing as needed, to ensure it works perfectly for the the user.

Graduates of this apprenticeship will come out with skills and knowledge in using workshop tools and machinery to maintain snowsport equipment, as well as providing rental services to keen skiiers and snowboarders. They will have advanced knowledge in their chosen specialism - either workshop technician or bootfitting.

What's involved?

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In this 120-credit apprenticeship, the apprentice completes both strands at Level 3, and chooses one strand at Level 4:

Level 3 programme:

Using specialist technical knowledge to maintain a range of snowsport equipment

Using advanced knowledge to operate tools and machinery within a snowsport workshop

Identifying and managing risks and hazards and role modelling safe working procedures and practices that promote a culture of safety

Level 4 strand options:

Workshop Technician: Complex tuning, repairs and maintenance of high performance and expert level snowsport equipment; complex binding placements and mounting techniques on a range of snowsport equipment

Bootfitting: Detailed foot analysis and customer advisory on appropriate boot options; complex shell analysis and boot customisation and fitting.  

This apprenticeship is designed to be completed in 20 - 24 months.  

Programme structure

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The apprenticeship includes the following compulsory unit standards:

Unit standard 30138 Provide advice on snowsport equipment and its safe use, and on local snowsport activities L3 15 credits
Unit standard 30139 Apply safe working procedures and practices in a snowsport equipment department L3 5 credits
Unit standard 30141 Provide snowsport rental services L3 8 credits
Unit standard 30142 Apply knowledge of rental bindings and customer profile to meet snowsport customer needs and support safe equipment use L3 7 credits
Unit standard 30143 Apply knowledge to match rental boots to customer profile and intended snowsport L3 5 credits
Unit standard 30144 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of snowsport equipment and workshop tools to maintain snowsport equipment L3 12 credits
Unit standard 30145 Apply knowledge to fit and adjust a range of bindings on snowsport equipment to meet customer needs L3 8 credits
Unit standard 30148 Apply specialist technical knowledge to the maintenance of a range of snowsport equipment L4 10 credits
Unit standard 30149 Operate and maintain specialist snowsport tools and machinery within a snowsport workshop L4 10 credits
Unit standard 30150 Implement safe working procedures and practices in a snowsport equipment department L4 5 credits

The Level 4 Workshop Technician strand is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 30140 Perform complex tuning, repairs and maintenance of high performance and expert level snowsport equipment L4 20 credits
Unit standard 30137 Apply knowledge to perform complex binding placements and mounting techniques on a range of snowsport equipment L4 15 credits

The Level 4 Bootfitting strand is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 30146 Complete detailed foot analysis to advise customers on boot options for snowsport L4 15 credits
Unit standard 30147 Undertake complex shell analysis and boot customisation to fit snowsport boots to meet customer needs L4 20 credits

What are the costs?

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On-job training costs workplaces both time and resources. It can mean covering registration fees, learning and assessment resources, allocating time for training, and having an appropriate assessment pathway available.  

Total costs for apprentices will vary depending on how the qualification is delivered, how it is assessed and how much support the workplace can provide.   

Skills Active apprenticeships are zero-fees until the end of 2022, under the government's Targeted Training Fund.

Check out our fees list and financial help options.

For more detailed information about the cost of doing an on-job qualification, get in touch.

Where to from here?

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Keen to master the art and science of snowsport equipmentThink this might be the right qualification for your staff?  

To find out more, contact your regional Skills Active learning support advisor.

Remember, to do this apprenticeship on the job, a Skills Active trainee needs to be working as a paid employee in the snowsport industry.  

If you're interested in this qualification, but you're not currently employed in the industry, contact a Skills Active learning support advisor to talk about how you can get involved.

Want to see where this qualification can take you next?

Check out our range of other snowsport qualifications

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