New Zealand Certificate in Snowsport (Patrol) (Level 4)

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Qual Patrol L4

Who is this qualification for?   

This qualification is for people working as snowsport patrollers.

The superheroes of the snowsport industry, patrollers provide first aid, rescue and avalanche control services to the snowsport areas.

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

Graduates will be able to independently perform daily ski patrol functions, as well as functioning as members of a patrol team under the direct and indirect supervision of an experienced patroller.

What's involved?

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This 70-credit qualification covers:

Performing daily patrol routines

Controlling avalanches using handcharges

Analysing weather information

Leading a first party response for avalanche search and rescue

Using lowering techniques for snowsport area operations.

The elective section of this qualification allows an opportunity to further skills in one or more of the following areas:

Emergency response

Snow control

Communication skills

Technical snowsport area operations.

 This qualification is designed to be completed in 8-12 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 snowsport patroller? 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.  

Want to see where this qualification can take you next?

Check out our range of other snowsport qualifications

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