New Zealand Certificate in Snowmaking (Level 3)

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SnowMaking L3

Who is this qualification for?   

This qualification is for people who work as snowmakers at snowsport areas.

When nature doesn't provide, snowmakers are needed to transform mountains into snowy playgrounds for skiiers and snowboarders. People working as snowmakers love the outdoors, and have the knowledge to use their tools to create ideal skiing conditions. 

This qualification will be delivered and assessed on-the-job in a snowsport area.

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work as entry level snowmakers operating snowmaking equipment, under supervision.

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 40-credit qualification covers:

Operating a range of snowmaking equipment in a variety of weather conditions

Basic maintenance on snowmaking equipment

Understanding different components of snowmaking systems

Health and safety

Optimising snowmaking production and quality by applying knowledge of weather and natural terrain.

This qualification is designed to be completed in 6 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 snowmaker? Think there's snow better 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 want to become a qualified snowmaker, 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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