新西兰泰普迪尼理工学院/Tai Poutini Polytechnic Greymouth
Ski Patrol (Level 5)
- 学费：$0 NZD Per Year
- 授课校区：Tai Poutini Polytechnic Wanaka
If you’re someone who is at home in the mountains - and can imagine making them your office – Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Ski Patrol programme is for you.
Over the last twenty years, the programme has produced some of the country’s finest ski patrollers.
Wanaka is one of New Zealand’s best ski destinations and is home too much of the programme’s practical training. Wanaka offers some of the most advanced skiing and riding terrain, including natural pipes, large open faces, steeps, mogul fields and great back county ski touring.
Avalanche and pre-hospital emergency care training is offered in a realistic working environment and includes practical experience and theory that is based on industry needs.
Our graduates are sought after by the global ski patrol industry and have gone on to work overseas in Canada, Japan and Europe.
We aim to produce graduates who are work ready. We aim for consistently high levels of situational and self-awareness, a strong work ethic, and a mature attitude to teamwork and leadership ability. Combined with skiing ability, these are the minimum skills required to gain a ski patrol job.
Picturesque Wanaka, in the South Island of New Zealand, is home to much of the course.
Wanaka is a popular holiday destination with domestic and international tourists year-round, due to its skiing, mountain biking and rock climbing opportunities.
The small town is also the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park, which is internationally renowned for its magnificent mountain-related activities.
Five amazing ski resorts are within a ninety minute drive of Wanaka and students will be placed at one of a variety of New Zealand ski areas for a six week work placement section of the programme.
Programme Structure and Workload
The integrated approach of the programme allows for a combination of teaching, work experience and self-directed study to be delivered over a compressed timeframe.
The programme is guided by the needs of the industry, which looks for students who can work independently and have the ability to maintain work ethic for typically long workdays. This means programme delivery hours will incrementally increase over the timetable to 10 hours per day and will include both independent tutor guided and self-directed learning for students.
Online learning, class lectures, small-group tutorials and/or practicals, on field training, scenarios, reflective practice, role play, presentations, demonstrations and self-directed learning all feature in the programme.
As the programme moves into the winter period, a six week internship of ten hours or more per day will enable students to put their newfound skills into action with a working New Zealand ski patrol.
The programme includes the delivery and assessment of two national qualifications, which are taught concurrently - the New Zealand Certificate in Snowsport Patrol (80 credits at Level 4) and the New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (40 credits at Level 5). The level 5 qualification was previously known as Stage 1 Avalanche. Details of these qualifications can be found on the NZQA website.
Upon completion of the programme, students who achieve a passing grade in Meteorology, Snow Science, Avalanche Geography and Mountain Search and rescue, will be granted the NZ Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5).
The NZ Certificate in Snowsport Area Patrol (Level 4) will be awarded to students who achieve a passing grade in all courses in the programme.
Further Study Paths
New Zealand Certificate in Snowsport Patrol Leader (Level 5)
For additional outdoor qualifications and diploma please visit /> For additional qualifications and guide training options please visit the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association website
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Be over 17 years of age as of May 1st of the year they enter the programme to meet the legal requirements of handling explosives during training for snow blasting.
Evidence, acceptable to the programme leader, that the applicant meets or exceeds NZSIA level 5 in skiing or snowboarding (or proof of overseas equivalent).
Applicants must hold a current (completed within six months of programme start) First Aid Certificate, which includes NZQA units 6400, 6401, 6402 or equivalent.
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 criteria.
Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.5 or above.
As an alternative, appropriate video footage of the skiing and and/or transceiver entry criteria can be provided to the programme leader. Industry people acceptable to the Programme leader can also vouch for the applicant’s ability. It is important to clarify with the programme leader beforehand what is required.
When the number of applicants who meet the entry criteria exceeds the number of positions available, applicants who meet more of the selection criteria than other applicants will be given priority in selection.
Selection Criteria apply
Prior work experience in the Snow Sports Industry (paid or voluntary) especially volunteer ski patrolling or trail crew
Prior general experience in outdoor activities e.g. downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, tramping, mountaineering or rock climbing
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