New Zealand Certificate in Introductory Snowschool Instruction (Applied) (Level 4)

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Intro Snowschool L4

Who is this qualification for?   

This qualification is for people who are working as either ski, snowboard, cross-country ski or telemark ski instructors at a snowschool.

No matter what their specialty is, all instructors are passionate about snowsports and love to share their passion and knowledge with others. They are responsible and patient with customers, and make sure everyone has a blast on the slopes.

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 will have the skills and knowledge to work teaching or assisting beginner skiers, telemark skiers, cross-country skiers, or snowboarders within a snowschool environment as an entry level instructor or teaching assistant.

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-credit qualification has core modules and four strands:

The core modules cover:

Instructing a diverse range of people in introductory snowschool lessons

Selecting, adapting and applying appropriate teaching styles and practice

Evaluating learning experiences to meet a range of individual and group learning needs for beginners within a snowschool environment

Health and safety

Customer service

Time management.

The Ski strand covers:

Safely teaching advanced wedge turns on skis on green terrain.

The Snowboard strand covers:

Safely teaching linked skidded turns on snowboards on green terrain.

The  Telemark strand covers:

Safely teaching linked beginner turns on telemark skis on green terrain.

The  Cross-Country Skiing strand covers:

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

 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 a qualified 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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