New Zealand Certificate in Intermediate Snowschool Instruction (Applied) (Level 5)

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Who is this qualification for?   

This qualification is for snowschool instructors who teach intermediate-level ski, snowboard and cross-country ski skills to a range of people.

Snowschool instructors love working on the slopes, and are highly skilled in their sport. They have the enthusiasm, responsible attitude and communication skills to deliver safe and exciting intermediate-level ski or snowboard lessons.

This qualification will be delivered and assessed on-the-job in a snowschool environment.

We have worked with the New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance (NZSIA) to ensure this qualification aligns with the NZSIA curriculum.

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge required to confidently instruct ski, snowboard or cross-country ski skills at an intermediate level to all age groups.

Please note that this qualification is only available as a customised programme for specific employers. Get in touch with us for more information.

What's involved?

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This 60- to 80-credit qualification has core modules and five strands:

The core modules cover:

Planning, implementing and evaluating snowsport instruction lessons

Reviewing own performance as a snowschool instructor

Developing beginner competence in an alternative snowsport discipline

Health and safety

Customer service

Time management.

The Ski strand covers:

Safely teaching advanced parallel turns on groomed intermediate terrain.

The Snowboard strand covers:

Safely teaching carving on intermediate terrain, basic freestyle and off-piste riding.

The  Telemark strand covers:

Safely teaching linked parallel telemark turns on groomed intermediate terrain.

The  Cross-Country Skiing strand covers:

Safely teaching classic intermediate technique and skate technique on cross-country skis on groomed intermediate terrain.

The optional Business Development strand covers:

Creating, executing and evaluating a business plan to improve a snowsport instruction business

Developing and managing a marketing strategy to grow business.

This qualification is designed to be completed in 10 months.

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.   

To check out our fees list, click here. 

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 as an advanced snowschool instructor? Think this might be the right qualification for your staff?  

To find out more, or to sign up to this qualification, 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 snowsport industry, contact your local ski area, or a Skills Active learning support advisor to talk about how you can get involved.  

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