Certificate in Snowsport Instructing (Ski) or (Snowboard)

If you’re seriously into those snowy slopes and want to share that enthusiasm with others, why not pursue a career as a ski or snowboard instructor?

Otago Polytechnic

Undertake ski instructor training or snowboard instructor training and supply the increasing demand for qualified snowsport instructors in a growing adventure tourism industry. With your love for the outdoors and good communication skills, exciting employment opportunities may arise in outdoor adventure companies, tourism ventures or ski-fields. Hard work and experience could result in you achieving higher level positions in the same areas.

With the spectacular winter playground of the Southern Alps as your classroom, the practical programme is taught by Cardrona Alpine Resort’s most experienced staff. Benefit from the expertise of New Zealand Snowsport Instructor Alliance (NZSIA) / Snowboard Instruction New Zealand (SBINZ) examiners who provide and/or oversee the programme delivery and content. This is one of the few ski or snowboard instructor training programmes in New Zealand where you can gain valuable experience working within the Snowsport school teaching lessons to guests; shadow the lessons of existing instructors before taking sole charge.

As well as the Otago Polytechnic Certificate, the NZSIA/SBINZ Level 1 and Level 2 Ski/Snowboard Instructor qualifications and the Children’s Teaching Certificate may be completed within this programme.

Please note: You will be asked to select either the ski or snowboard specialty option when you are filling in the application form.

An excellent level of health and fitness
Good people skills
The ability to motivate people
A mature approach and good decision-making skills

You must be a reasonably confident intermediate skier/boarder on a variety of terrain and snow conditions.
You must submit a detailed log book of your riding experience over at least a two-year period.
You must submit a health & safety declaration.
You must submit a referee’s report.
International students will be individually assessed to ensure they have an acceptable level of secondary school achievement.
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no less than 5.0.

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