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Certificate in Ski Patrol (Level 4)


Graduates the Certificate in Ski Patrol (Level 4) are able to demonstrate or apply skills and knowledge relating to working in a supervised professional Ski Patrol department, in a team environment, and using basic mountaineering equipment and techniques to safely access difficult terrain and assist in ski area emergency and rescue procedures, and describe the components and operations of ski lifts.

Please note that graduates of the programme also gain a significant amount of credits toward the National Certificate in Ski Patrol (level 4), the minimum qualification required for a person working un-supervised in the ski industry. However completion of that Certificate requires considerable work experience prior to assessment.


Content includes

  • skiing and boarding skills in varying terrain and/or difficult snow conditions
  • pre-hospital emergency and trauma care (including rescue toboggans)
  • mountain craft and rescue work using ropes and toboggans, ski or snowboard
  • avalanche hazard evaluation and management (including explosives certification for snow-blasting)
  • meteorological systems including synoptic and satellite map interpretation, carry out and record standard snow pack, avalanche and meteorological observations
  • ski patrol routines (including 4 weeks of supervised work experience)

Graduates of this programme will be issued with the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council Stage One Certificate in Avalanche Hazard Safety Management.


The Certificate in Ski Patrol is a respected programme and provides specialised training in the specific skills required for a first year ski patroller.

Many of our graduates are enjoying successful careers patrolling on New Zealand ski areas as well as ski areas overseas. Other graduates have chosen to establish themselves in the first aid, mountain and ski guiding industry and embark on careers in guiding, back-country touring, emergency care and safety management.


  1. Completed equivalent of 4 years New Zealand High School.
  2. English Language: IELTS (academic Test) 5.5 or equivalence. No band less than 5.0


  • Applicants must hold a current First Aid Certificate, and preferably at least 18 years of age
  • Applicants will be required to pass a fitness test (a Health and Safety requirement) and able to swim

Course Level

Course Level Certificate - Level 4, 5, 6 or 7
Study Type Full Time
Region West Coast
Duration One year
Intakes 20 July
Tuition Fee $18,000 (or if enrol 2 years then $19,500 first year + $10,000 second year)
Other Study Costs $200 (Tai Poutini Polytechnic pays for Medical/Travel Insurance for their International Students)
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