New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 6)

This certificate will provide you with the highest level of avalanche training available in New Zealand. You will enjoy being taught by the professionals and graduate with the ability to assume supervisory roles in all sectors of the industry. Your study will combine online theory with practical blocks comprising on-snow training and assessment.

About the programme

Providing the highest level of professional training available in New Zealand, this programme will give you the chance to be taught by pros and graduate with the ability to assume supervisory roles in all sectors of the industry. 

As the snowsport tourism industry grows and the emphasis on safe participation increases, there is a steady demand for qualified snow safety personnel around the world. Your expertise could lead to exciting employment opportunities in tourism ventures, numerous ski-field roles, guiding or roading operations.

The online nature of this programme ensures that you can fit your study around other commitments. This programme takes 20 weeks over 1-2 years (part-time) to complete. 


Course name Credits
Decision Making and Operational Performance (theory) 15
Terrain and Snowpack Theory (theory)  15
Applied Avalanche Studies (practical recorded mentored feedback) 15
Field Training (theory and six-day practical block course) 15
Integrated Practical Application (seven-day final practical block course) 10

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.