Otago Polytechnic

Certificate in Snowsport Instructing (Ski) or (Snowboard)

If you're seriously into those snowy slopes and want to share that enthusiasm with others, why not study to become a ski or snowboard instructor?

Undertake ski instructor training or snowboard instructor training and supply the increasing demand for qualified snowsport instructors in a growing adventure tourism industry. With your love for the outdoors and good communication skills, exciting snowsports employment opportunities may arise in outdoor adventure companies, tourism ventures or ski-fields. Hard work and experience could result in you achieving higher level positions in the same areas.

With the spectacular winter playground of the Southern Alps as your classroom, the practical programme is taught by Cardrona Alpine Resort's most experienced staff. Benefit from the expertise of New Zealand Snowsport Instructor Alliance (NZSIA) / Snowboard Instruction New Zealand (SBINZ) examiners who provide and/or oversee the programme delivery and content. This is one of the few ski or snowboard instructor training programmes in New Zealand where you can gain valuable experience working within the Snowsport school teaching lessons to guests; shadow the lessons of existing instructors before taking sole charge.

As well as the Otago Polytechnic Certificate, the NZSIA/SBINZ Level 1 and Level 2 Ski/Snowboard Instructor qualifications and the Children's Teaching Certificate may be completed within this programme.   

Please note: You will be asked to select either the ski or snowboard specialty option when you are filling in the application form.

From 2018, this programme name will change to the New Zealand Certificate in Introductory Snowschool Instruction (Applied) (Ski), (Snowboard) or (Telemark)* (subject to final approval). This is due to a national review of qualifications that is being carried out by NZQA across all New Zealand tertiary institutions.

Skills required
  • An excellent level of health and fitness
  • Good people skills
  • The ability to motivate people
  • A mature approach and good decision-making skills
Entry requirements
  • You must be a reasonably confident intermediate skier/boarder on a variety of terrain and snow conditions.
  • You must submit a detailed log book of your riding experience over at least a two-year period.
  • You must submit a health & safety declaration.
  • You must submit a referee's report.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they have an acceptable level of secondary school achievement.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no less than 5.0.

Click on either of these 3-7 minute video links to hear Snowsport school employers talk about the essential skills they look for when hiring new, entry level Snowsport instructors and how the Otago Polytechnic Certificate meets those needs:

The most recent figures show that 26% of Cardrona Alpine Resort's staff are graduates from Otago Polytechnic's Snowsport Certificate programmes. 

Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of residency (where appropriate).

Completing your application

Applicants will only be considered when the following documents are also received with your application form:

  • A detailed log of your riding experience over a two-year period
  • Health & Safety declaration
  • Referee's report.

Please click here to download this additional documentation and then make sure you send them along with your application form.

Selection procedure

All applicants who meet the entry criteria are eligible for selection. Applications are considered in the order in which they are received. Once a programme is full, a date order waiting list will apply. All applications are subjected to the professional judgement of the programme manager.

Additional costs

You are responsible for providing your own ski/snowboard equipment and making your own accommodation arrangements in Wanaka. Prices can vary greatly depending on the accommodation type but, as a guideline, you can expect to pay $100-$200 per week for a room.

Please note: You will be supplied with a Cardrona uniform for the duration of the course for working in the ski school. This uniform will have to be returned at the end of the course.

Further study options

If you've enjoyed this programme and want to develop your skills further, enrol in our Certificate in Avalanche Safety and Snowsport Instructing (Ski or Snowboard).

Programme specific risks

You must be aware that the practice and teaching of snowsports can be physically and mentally demanding and require a good level of health and fitness. Risks will be outlined in more depth during the programme.

You will study

This Certificate gives you a great opportunity to gain the NZSIA/SBINZ Level 1 and Level 2 Ski/Snowboard Instructor qualifications and the Children's Teaching Certificate within the same programme. There is also a Risk Management component to the programme, introduced after consultation with the local Snowsport schools, which will broaden your skill set and employment potential.

PART 1:

Classroom based delivery - professional presentation and expectations, customer service, weather, first aid, snow safety and an introduction to the ski and snowboard school environment. This is followed by Cardrona staff induction training including expectations, operations and customer service.

PART 2:

Field based delivery - technical skiing and snowboarding including introduction to all movements and teaching first-time students (both adults and children). Industry experience starts with shadowing instructors and, when ready, progressing into instructional roles. The bulk of the snowsports course is based on:

  • Improving the level of your personal skiing or snowboarding
  • Learning how to demonstrate at all levels
  • Developing teaching skills at all levels, up to and including Level 4
  • Developing the ability to analyse and lesson plan, up to and including Level 4, and
  • Continuing experience in instructor roles in the ski and snowboard school environment.
Your workload

You will be expected to complete approximately 30 hours per week of study.

Qualification structure

 

SMS
Code

Course/Unit Title

NQF
Unit No

Ver

Level

NQF
Credit

OP
Credit

COMPULSORY COURSES

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Relations and Customer Services

 

 

 

 

 

SI421746

Demonstrate communication and customer service skills for Snowsport instruction

21746

1

3

5

0

SI421747

Demonstrate knowledge of the policy and procedures of a Snowschool

21747

1

3

2

0

Instructional Skills

 

 

 

 

 

SI404587

Instruct beginner Snowsport

4587

6

3

6

0

SI404588

Instruct intermediate Snowsport

4588

6

4

10

0

SI404590

Demonstrate adaptive Snowsport instruction for people with disabilities

4590

6

3

5

0

SI409705

Give and respond to feedback on performance

9705

4

3

3

0

SI411097

Listen to gain information in an interactive situation

11097

2

3

3

0

SI418990

Demonstrate  techniques for instructing a group of children in beginner Snowsport

18990

2

3

8

0

SI421752

Understanding teaching and learning styles, and develop own  teaching style for Snowsport instruction

21752

1

4

3

0

SI401001

Instruct within a Snow School environment

 

 

4

 

15

SI402001

Integrating learning

 

 

4

 

10

Equipment Maintenance

 

 

 

 

 

SI418130

Demonstrate basic maintenance of Snowsport equipment

18130

2

2

2

-

Weather, Safety and Risk Management

 

 

 

 

 

SI406400

Manage first aid in emergency situations

6400

4

3

2

0

SI418100

Demonstrate knowledge of  safety, accident and emergency procedures for a Snowsport area

18100

2

3

3

0

SI420159

Gather and apply weather information to an outdoor recreation activity

20159

2

2

2

0

SI426551

Provide first aid for life threatening conditions

26551

1

2

1

 

SI426552

Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them

26552

2

2

1

 

SI403001

Reflecting on managing risk

 

 

4

 

4

 

COMPULSORY SUBTOTALS

 

 

 

56

29

 

TOTALS

 

 

 

85

ELECTIVES (select either Advanced Skiing OR Advanced Snowboarding)

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Skiing Courses

 

 

 

 

 

SI404591

Alpine ski downhill on intermediate terrain

4591

5

3

8

0

SI404592

Alpine ski downhill on advanced terrain

4592

5

4

12

0

SI404593

Alpine ski downhill off-piste

4593

5

4

12

0

SI404596

Snowboard on beginner terrain

4596

5

2

4

0

 

SUBTOTALS

 

 

 

36

 

Advanced Snowboarding Courses

 

 

 

 

 

SI404597

Snowboard on intermediate terrain

4597

5

3

8

0

SI404600

Snowboard off-piste at a Snowsport area

4600

5

4

12

0

SI417468

Alpine ski downhill on beginner terrain

17468

3

2

4

0

SI418104

Snowboard on advanced terrain at a Snowsport area

18104

2

4

12

0

 

SUBTOTALS

 

 

 

36

 

 

PROGRAMME TOTALS

 

 

 

121

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL COURSES

SI400001

Exam Fee - Alpine Level One Certification

SI400002

Exam Fee - Alpine Level Two Certification

SI400003

Exam Fee - Snowboard Level One Certification

SI400004

Exam Fee - Snowboard Level Two Certification

SI400005

Exam Fee - Children's Teaching Certification

SI400006

Exam Fee - Ski Coaches Level One

SI400007

Exam Fee - Snowboard Coaches Level One

How the programme has been applied

Click on the 5-6 minute Snowsport graduate testimonials below to get an honest insight into the programme from someone who's been there and done that! Find out what they have gone on to accomplish, their thoughts about the best parts of the programme and how they believe the skills they gained from this qualification helped them along the way.  

Student loans/allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.

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Disclaimer

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.

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