Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Introductory Snowschool Instruction (Applied) (Ski), (Snowboard) or (Telemark)*

  • Wanaka
  • Approx. 40 hours of theory followed by an 18-week practical application
  • Level 4
  • Starts June, 2018
  • 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.

Diploma in Avalanche Studies (incorporating the NZMSC Avalanche Safety Stage 2 Certificate)

  • Online with block courses
  • 1 year full-time or up to four years part-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts flexible
  • Apply anytime

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. This Diploma incorporates the NZSMC Avalanche Safety Stage 2 Certificate which is a prerequisite for most industry management roles.

New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5)*

  • Wanaka
  • Approx. 40 hours of theory, followed by 7-day practical course
  • Level 5
  • Starts June, 2018
  • 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.

Certificate in Outdoor Pursuits (Level 4)

  • Dunedin and Cromwell (Central Otago)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply December, 2017

Gain the core skills and knowledge you need to work in the outdoor adventure industry with this exciting and hands-on Certificate. Upon successful completion, you will be eligible for entry into the Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management (Level 5) which will take a further one year of full-time study to complete.

Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management (Level 5)

  • Dunedin
  • 2 years full-time (Certificate in Outdoor Pursuits (Level 4) forms year one)
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Embark on this action-packed programme to strengthen and develop your skills in the technical, professional, instructional and leadership aspects of a range of outdoor pursuits. The first year of this Diploma is the Certificate in Outdoor Pursuits (Level 4) but direct entry to the second year of the Diploma is available to selected applicants.

Avalanche Safety Stage 1

  • Wanaka or Methven
  • 6.5 days full-time
  • Starts Wanaka: 1 July (full) and 16 September, 2017; Methven: 19 August, 2017
  • Apply until start date (applications accepted if places still available)

This is an introductory professional course for people involved in the safety of alpine recreational activities and in the collection of snowpack data. It provides fundamental skills for people in avalanche safety.