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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Snowsport Patrol Leader (Level 5)
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 5
Credits 50
Subject Area
  • Society and Culture » Sport and Recreation » Sport and Recreation Activities
Strategic Purpose Statement
This qualification will provide the snowsport industry with self-managing ski patrollers who have the knowledge and skills to lead a patrol team to maintain and promote safety and respond to snowsport area incidents.

Graduates will be able to operate as independent team leaders under the general guidance of an area supervisor.

This qualification will further supplement the snowsport and alpine knowledge of individuals who already hold an extensive level of patrol experience.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Demonstrate technical ability as a patrol leader while undertaking patrol duties.
- Lead a patrol team to complete daily routines relating to snow stability, weather, hazard management, accidents and staff management skills.
- Manage a range of stakeholder relationships across a snowsport area to maintain open communication and promote positive customer service.
- Perform situationally appropriate site leadership roles in response to snowsport area incidents relevant to the patrol function.
Education pathways
Graduates of this qualification may progress to the New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 6) with optional strands in Advanced Avalanche Hazard and Mitigation Planning, Advanced Avalanche Forecasting and Data Management, Advanced Avalanche Search and Rescue Planning, and Avalanche Education [Ref: 3491].
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification may be employed as senior patrollers on New Zealand snowsport areas.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Entry requirements

Learners must hold the New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5) [Ref: 3490], or a recognised equivalent.

Learners should demonstrate NZSIA Level 5 skiing or snowboarding, or the equivalent skills.
Education Organisation 2 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Skills Active Aotearoa Limited
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 3497
Status Current
Created November 2016
Next Review December 2020
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