Otago Polytechnic


Snowsports and Avalanche Safety

Seriously into snowy slopes? Turn your passion into a career at our Central campus, with the Southern Alps as your classroom.


New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5)

  • Online with Wanaka-based practical
  • Twelve weeks (ten weeks online, one week practical and one week reflection/re-assessment if required)
  • Level 5
  • Starts 28 April (now full), 8 June (now full) or 13 July (now full), NEW! Intake 4: 6 July to 25 September 2020 (Practical 12-18 September 2020)
  • Apply until start date

If you love being in the mountains during winter and have a strong sense of responsibility, become a qualified snow safety professional through this programme.

New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 6)

  • Online with training and assessment in Wanaka
  • One to two years (part-time)
  • Level 6
  • Starts Dates for online learning are flexible (Field training- 19 - 24 July 2020; Integrated Practical Assessment 2-8 September 2020)
  • Apply anytime

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

New Zealand Certificate in Introductory Snowschool Instruction (Applied) (Level 4) (Ski) or (Snowboard)

  • Wanaka
  • 17 weeks
  • Level 4
  • Starts 15 June
  • Apply until start date

Train in the dry snow of the spectacular Southern Alps and develop skills which could lead to a job teaching skiing or snowboarding in New Zealand or overseas. All classes are taken at the Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka.