New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5)

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AvalancheRM L5

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for people who work in the ever-changing mountain environment.

Alpine professionals are adventurous and have a love of the snow. Calm and responsible by nature, they manage risk by applying specific safety methods while operating in avalanche terrain. Their keen awareness and critical thinking enables them to act quickly and decisively to reduce accidents and near misses.

This qualification will be delivered on-the-job at a snowsport area, and assessments will be completed online.

Coming out of this qualification, graduates will be equipped to manage personal risks from avalanche hazards, and contribute to and work under a safety management system.

Did you know: Once you've achieved your Avalanche Risk Management certificate, you will be registered with the New Zealand Register of Recreation Professionals. You can keep your registration current by re-registering every three years

What's involved?

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This 40-credit programme covers:

Identifying and communicating potential avalanche hazards by applying knowledge of snowpack, weather, terrain and avalanche phenomena

Mitigating risk to self by selecting and applying appropriate control methods while operating in avalanche terrain within scope of practice

Participating as part of a small party rescue by applying appropriate avalanche search and rescue skills while mitigating risks.

This programme is designed to be completed in 8 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
Unit standard 30452 Record and communicate snowpack, weather and avalanche hazard information L5 20 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 become qualified to manage 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 industry.  

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.  

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