13 days

This certificate is available via external providers. It is incorporated in the Diploma in Avalanche Studies at Otago Polytechnic.

During this qualification, you will learn how to apply advanced snow science knowledge to ensure the safety of people and assets in alpine areas, especially avalanche-prone areas. You will also develop the skills to plan and manage avalanche safety programmes. 

The course involves self directed study with regular submissions to a tutor, a 5 day field training and an 8 day field assessment. The two block courses are based in Wanaka and will be held on avalanche terrain in Central Otago.

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