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New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 6)

This course is available


Level of Study



2 years

Next start date

Expected Jan 2025


Wanaka campus


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.

Entry criteria

  • New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5) OR equivalent.
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:
  • New Zealand University Entrance OR
  • Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
  • Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).

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