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 hold the New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5) [Ref: 3490], or a recognised equivalent.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This qualification will provide the outdoor snow sector with individuals who can evaluate and manage avalanche risk to people and infrastructure while operating in dynamic outdoor contexts.

This qualification is intended to benefit the sector by advancing avalanche risk management knowledge and practices to reduce accidents and near misses in alpine environments.

Graduates of this qualification are able to undertake supervisory roles and have responsibility for other team members within an avalanche risk management programme.

Graduates of this qualification will have met the requirements of the Avalanche Stage 2 industry award.

Graduates who hold an optional strand will be able to provide operational leadership in that specific aspect of the avalanche risk management sector.

What graduates earn

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Fax: (03) 471 6870

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