New Zealand Certificate in Snowsport (Patrol Leader) (Level 5)

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PatrolLeader L5

Who is this qualification for?   

This qualification is for people who will be leading a team of snowsport patrollers.

Senior patrollers are experts in everything related to first aid, rescue and avalanche control services in snowsport areas. Those who have knowledge combined with strong communication and organisational skills make great patrol leaders.

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

Graduates will be able to operate as independent team leaders under the general guidance of an area supervisor.

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 covers:

Leading daily patrol routines

Managing a range of stakeholder relationships across a snowsport area

Leading pre-hospital emergency care in medical and trauma based situations

Monitoring snow stability, weather information and hazard management and reporting within the ski area

Planning and managing terrain management activities and snow safety control work

Leading an avalanche search and rescue initial response

Leading a ski patrol emergency response system.

 This qualification is designed to be completed in 8-10 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 a patrol team leader? 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 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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