Hard Ice Guide Assessment
Participants may be assessed on any topic of the Hard Ice Guide training syllabus at any stage of the assessment. They will be required to teach and supervise revision sessions and practical exercises. It is expected that only minimal training will need to be given.
Participants will be assessed on their personal technical skills necessary for guiding and instructing on the lower, hard ice glacial areas.
Participants’ guiding and instructional skills will be assessed to see that they will be effective guides and instructors for:
- Half or full day walking trips and helihikes on lower hard ice glacial areas
- Ice climbing days on lower, hard ice glacial areas.
On successfully passing a Hard Ice Guide Assessment Course and ratification from the Technical Subcommittee, the participant attains the status of NZMGA Hard Ice Guide.
To be allocated a place on a Hard Ice Guide Assessment Course, you must have met the following criteria:
- New Zealand resident or have a current work permit.
- Have completed the Hard Ice Guide Apprenticeship.
A letter of verification from the employer or Chief Guide of logged guiding work at time of assessment must be submitted with the application. The Association may also request that the written logbook retained by the applicant be presented for sighting and examination.
Usually, this will be run over four days in spring or autumn
TOPIC / POSSIBLE MARK & COMMENTS
|2||Communication with client||10|
|8||Application of guiding technique||10|
|Personal skills and knowledge|
|13||General mountain movement||10|
|14||Fitness and stamina||10|
|15||Professionalism and personal appearance||10|
|17||Reaction under stress||10|
|18||Leadership and decision making||10|
|24||Belays on ice including anchors||10|
|28||Nature and environment||20|
|31||Speech and contact with students||10|
|32||Structure of the lesson||10|
|34||Support materials & demonstration||10|
|35||Ability to motivate||10|
|Search and rescue|
|40||Accident site management||10|
|Mandatory non-assessment topics|
|These topics must be covered in a discussion format|
|-||Post-traumatic stress disorder|
|-||NZMGA Harassment Policy|
|-||NZMGA Accident Investigation Policy|
|-||NZMGA Terrain, Supervision and Professional Guidelines|
Trainers/assessors will give a written summary with comments and recommendations.
Important information before you attend this course: