New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management

Otago Polytechnic Ltd

Subject area

Sport and Recreation Activities


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements:
Learners must be able to demonstrate evidence of ability to use avalanche transceivers, shovels, and probes.

Competence may be evidenced by a document signed and dated by a graduate of the New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5) [Ref: 3490] or recognised equivalent, or higher graduate stating that the learner meets the following criteria:
- techniques for the correct and efficient use of a transceiver are demonstrated;
- a buried transceiver is found in accordance with timeframes and depths specified in industry good practice.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This qualification will provide the outdoor snow sector with individuals who have the knowledge and skills to manage personal risk from avalanche hazards while carrying out activities in dynamic outdoor contexts.

This qualification will benefit learners by improving their skills and knowledge of avalanche risk management and strategy in order to reduce accidents and near misses in alpine environments.

Graduates of this qualification are able to work independently and contribute to the daily operation of, and work under, a Safety Management System (SMS).

Graduates will contribute to the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand

What graduates earn

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Contact details

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Fax: (03) 471 6870

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