New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5)


Online with Wanaka-based practical. (Online study can take place anywhere in the world. Weekly one hour live web sessions are recorded and available if students cannot make the session, i.e. in a different time zone, working, etc).

Twelve weeks including ten weeks online learning, one week practical and one week reflection (and re-assessment if required)

Classroom, online and on-snow practical study

Intake 1: 25 April to 15 July 2022 (Practical 2 -8 July 2022)
Intake 2: 23 May to 12 August 2022 (Practical 30 July - 5 August 2022)
Intake 3: 6 June to 26 August 2022 (Practical 13 - 19 August 2022)
Intake 4: 11 July to 30 September 2022 (Practical 17 - 23 September 2022)
Note: Intake 2 is the only intake that will cater for students not on skis or snowboard during the practical week.
Until start date

Study professional avalanche risk management with the most experienced provider of avalanche education in New Zealand, in the heart of the Southern Alps.

This course provides the first level of professional training available, enabling participants to work in all sectors of the avalanche industry. 

During this course, you will firstly gain a sound understanding of underpinning theory in your own time. You will then move into solidifying these concepts in a supportive group setting during the on-snow/classroom sessions. 

The course is 12-weeks long. Ten modules will be delivered via online study for ten weeks. This will include weekly, live online study sessions to answer questions and refine concepts. During this ten-week period, you will also be asked to practise on-snow skills. You will then undertake one week of practical and assessment and have one week of reflection, during which you will evaluate your next steps and plan any re-assessment as required. 

Graduates may be employed or work as volunteers under (direct or indirect) supervision, in a range of operations actively assisting in the management of avalanche hazard and risk including: ski areas, heli-ski operations, cat-skiing operations, snow-mobile operations, road contractors, alpine and other outdoor guiding and instruction operations, hunting, trekking, Department of Conservation, alpine search and rescue, and education providers.

Download the Basic Transceiver Competence Attestation

Please note: This qualification replaces our Avalanche Safety Stage 1 course.