Turn your passion for snow and adventure into a career with the Southern Alps as your classroom. Our Wānaka campus has the facilities and the expertise to help launch your future through our collaboration with Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort.
Taught by New Zealand’s most experienced and qualified avalanche professionals, our Avalanche Risk Management programmes will provide you with advanced knowledge in snow science to ensure the safety of people and assets in alpine areas.
Programmes are taught via blended delivery, a combination of online self-paced lectures, weekly class lectures and a week-long block course in Wānaka, where you put all your learning into practice.
The snowsport tourism industry grows, as does the emphasis on safe participation. Our certificates in Avalanche Risk Management are New Zealand Snow and Avalanche Committee (NZSAC) approved and are recognised around the globe.
Avalanche Safety qualifications
Adventure & Tourism
This programme provides the first level of professional training available in this field, enabling participants to work in all sectors of the avalanche industry. Taught by the most experienced provider of avalanche education in New Zealand, you’ll study theory online before solidifying these concepts in a supportive group setting on snow and in the classroom.
12 Weeks Full-time
Online with a block course
(all under supervision and often with additional qualifications), Alpine Search and Rescue, Avalanche Controller, Cat/Snowmobile Operator, Ski Patroller
Adventure & Tourism
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.
20 Weeks Full-time
Online with block course(s)
Alpine Search and Rescue, Avalanche Controller, Heli/Alpine Guide, Ski Patroller