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 80-credit qualification covers:

Daily snowsport patrol tasks and routines

Emergency care as a first responder

Hazard management practices and procedures

Safety education for snowsport area users 

Skiing, tobogganing and/or snowboarding in all terrain conditions, including transporting patients

Mountaineering techniques including rope rescue and ski touring

Ski patrol emergency response systems

Physical fitness and professional ethics.

 This qualification is designed to be completed in 8-12 months.

Programme structure

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The programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 30834 Demonstrate ski patrol professional practice L4 10 credits
Unit standard 30835 Perform daily ski patrol tasks and routines L4 20 credits
Unit standard 30836 Demonstrate competent skiing or snowboarding, and tobogganing skills for snowsport patrol purposes L4 25 credits
Unit standard 30837 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of ski patrol emergency response systems and snowsport first responder emergency care L4 20 credits
Unit standard 30838 Demonstrate knowledge of mountaineering techniques including rope rescue and ski touring for patrol requirements L4 5 credits

For more information on the content of the qualification, visit the NZQA website, here.

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.  

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