CREDITED PROGRAMME: Introduction to Avalanche Risk Management (iARM) (Level 5)

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Who is this programme for?   

This credited programme is an introduction to avalanche risk management for people working in the snow. 

Alpine professionals who do their work in potential avalanche terrain need the skills to identify and avoid avalanche hazards. They may be alpine instructors, DOC staff, search and rescue crew, or backcountry users who wish have their knowledge and skills validated. They may be operating on the mountain at times when patrol staff, whose job it is to assess avalanche risk, are not present.

This programme will be delivered and assessed on the job in an alpine environment.

Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of avalanche phenomena, search procedures, and safe trip planning.

Did you know: This is a standalone programme, but it can also be used as a  stepping stone to achieving the full New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5).

What's involved?

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This 20-credit programme covers:

Understanding avalanche hazards

Risk reduction planning in avalanche terrain

Small party search and rescue skills.

This programme is designed to be completed in 6 months.

Programme structure

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The programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 30451 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of snowpack,
weather and terrain in relation to avalanche hazards
L5 10 credits
Unit standard 30453 Apply avalanche mitigation techniques to reduce risk to self while operating in avalanche terrain L5 5 credits
Unit standard 30454 Apply avalanche search and rescue knowledge and
skills to participate in a small party rescue
L5 5 credits

For more information on the content of the qualification, visit the NZQA website, here.

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 trainees will vary depending on how the qualification is delivered, how it is assessed and how much support the workplace can provide.   

Check out our fees list, or for more detailed information about the cost of doing an on-job qualification, get in touch.

Where to from here?

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So, you want to a comprehensive introduction to managing avalanche risk? Think 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 qualification on the job, a Skills Active trainee needs to be working as a volunteer or paid employee in the snowsport or outdoor industries.  

If you are interested in this qualification, but you're not currently employed in the industry, contact your local ski area or snowsport employer, or 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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