New Zealand Certificate in Snowsport Patrol (Level 4) and New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5)

If you’re someone who is at home in the mountains – and can imagine making them your office – Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Ski Patrol programme is for you.

Over the last 20 years, TPP’s Ski Patrol programme has produced some of the country’s finest ski patrollers.

You’ll do your practical ski patrol training in Wanaka, one of New Zealand’s best ski destinations. Wanaka offers some of the most advanced skiing and riding terrain, including natural pipes, large open faces, terrain parks and great back county ski touring.

Avalanche and first aid training is provided in a realistic environment on the ski field. The practical nature of the training equips you with the skills to become a certified ski patroller in line with industry needs.

Our graduates are sought after by the global ski patrol industry and many have gone on to work overseas in Canada and Japan.

We aim to produce graduates who are work ready. We aim for consistently high levels of situational and self-awareness, a strong work ethic, and a mature attitude to teamwork and leadership ability. Combined with skiing ability, these are the minimum skills required to gain a ski patrol job.


Picturesque Wanaka, in the South Island of New Zealand, is home to much of the programme.

Wanaka is a popular holiday destination with domestic and international tourists year-round, due to its skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing and adventure tourism opportunities.

Five amazing ski resorts are within a 90-minute drive of Wanaka and students will be placed at one of a variety of New Zealand ski areas for a six-week work placement section of the programme.

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NZ$23,000 Per Year

International student tuition fee

27 Week


Apr 2025

Start Month

Mar 2025

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • April 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time