Domain - Avalanche

Domain - Avalanche

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Level 2

Demonstrate use of avalanche transceivers, shovels and probes

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21740 Unit Standard 1 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate use of avalanche transceivers, shovels and probes.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 50 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Level 3

Record and communicate avalanche and weather observations
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3 This unit standard and unit standard 18128 replaced unit standard 4560.

18127 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to record and communicate avalanche and weather observations. This unit standard may be of interest to patrollers, heli-ski guides, mountain guides, roading crews, snow safety professionals and others working in the mountain environment.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Contribute to the avalanche stability assessment for a snow safety programme
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3 This unit standard and unit standard 18127 replaced unit standard 4560.

18128 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to contribute to the avalanche stability assessment for a snow safety programme.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Demonstrate knowledge of snow formation, snowpack structure and snow metamorphism
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3

18129 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate knowledge of snow formation, snowpack structure, and snow metamorphism.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Demonstrate knowledge of avalanche phenomena
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3 This unit standard, unit standard 18135, and unit standard 18136, replaced unit standard 4614.

18134 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate knowledge of avalanche phenomena, potential avalanche terrain, and factors that can create or trigger avalanches. This unit standard may be of interest to people working at a snowsport or mountain area or who move around the mountain environment.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Assist on an avalanche response
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3

18135 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate knowledge of avalanche rescue plans, and demonstrate skills for rescuing others in an avalanche rescue.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Demonstrate own party avalanche rescue
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3 This unit standard, unit standard 18134, and unit standard 18135, replaced unit standard 4614.

18136 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate own party avalanche rescue. This unit standard may be of interest to people working at a snowsport or mountain area or who move around the mountain environment.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Identify strategies to minimise risk to self and others when planning a backcountry mountain trip
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 2

21741 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify sources of information that provide advice regarding avalanches, and backcountry mountain trip planning; and identify strategies that can minimise risk to self and others when planning a backcountry mountain trip.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Demonstrate knowledge of avalanche danger for personal safety

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32063 Unit Standard 8 Credits

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This unit standard is intended for people working in the mountain environment who need awareness of avalanche danger and weather change for decision making and personal safety. People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe signs of potential avalanche danger and weather change in a mountain environment, and their consequences; describe the role of human factors in decision making in relation to potential avalanche danger; and demonstrate and apply knowledge of responses to potential avalanche danger and weather change in a mountain environment.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Level 4

Make snow stability assessments for a snow safety programme
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 2

21742 Unit Standard 10 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to make snow stability assessments for a snow safety programme. This unit standard has been designed to lead towards industry recognised Avalanche Stage 2 qualifications.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Assist with avalanche control work using handcharges

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Version 6

4562 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to operate in a safe manner as a supervised team member while storing and handling handcharges for use in avalanche control work, and operate as a supervised team member during avalanche control work using handcharges.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 50 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Level 5

Lead a first party response team for an avalanche search and rescue

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Version 2

18139 Unit Standard 10 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: assess and manage scene safety at an avalanche site, as a first party response team leader; manage the rescue of victims; and manage the safe withdrawal of personnel and recording of information. This unit standard covers the skills and knowledge required of a professional working without supervision, away from base resources; and may be of interest to patrollers, mountain guides, and other outdoor professionals working in a mountain environment.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 50 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Manage an avalanche site
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 1 This unit standard and unit standard 18139 replace unit standard 8639.

18140 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: manage the avalanche site; manage the rescue of victims; and manage the safe withdrawal of personnel and recording of information. This unit standard covers the skills and knowledge required of a professional working without supervision, away from base resources; and may be of interest to patrollers, mountain guides, and other outdoor professionals working in a mountain environment.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited - Snowsport Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Demonstrate and apply knowledge of snowpack, weather and terrain in relation to avalanche hazards

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Version 3

30451 Unit Standard 10 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate knowledge of avalanche hazards, and demonstrate and apply knowledge of weather, terrain and snowpack in relation to avalanche hazards.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Record and communicate snowpack, weather and avalanche hazard information

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Version 2

30452 Unit Standard 20 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: explain the properties of the mountain snowpack and collect and record weather, snowpack data; and demonstrate knowledge of avalanche hazard assessment factors and communicate avalanche danger information.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Apply avalanche mitigation techniques to reduce risk to self while operating in avalanche terrain

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Version 3

30453 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to apply avalanche mitigation techniques to reduce risk to self while operating in avalanche terrain.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Apply avalanche search and rescue knowledge and skills to participate in a small party rescue

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Version 3

30454 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate and apply knowledge of avalanche search and rescue skills to participate in a small party rescue.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Control avalanches using handcharges

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Version 6

4563 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to operate in a safe manner as a team leader while storing and handling handcharges for use in avalanche control work, and operate as a team leader during the use of handcharges for avalanche control work.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 50 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Control avalanches using avalaunchers

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Version 6

4564 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to operate in a safe manner as a team leader while working with avalaunchers, and operate as a team leader in the use of an avalauncher for snow control work.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 50 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Control avalanches using helicopter bombing

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Version 6

4565 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to operate in a safe manner as a team leader while undertaking avalanche control work from a helicopter, and operate as a team leader in the use of handcharges for avalanche control work from a helicopter.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 50 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Level 6

Manage a snow safety programme
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 6

4561 Unit Standard 50 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to evaluate avalanche stability and hazard for a specific mountain area and activity, and develop documentation for a snow safety programme. This unit standard may be of interest to people needing to make assessments of snow stability and avalanche hazard for a mountain operation, eg snowsport area, mountain guiding, ski-mountaineering, roading or heliskiing operations.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Data as at 20 October 2021