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Otago Polytechnic Snowboard

This is what we consider to be the ultimate snowboard instructor training course in the world. The course is run through the Otago Polytechnic & delivered by Instructor Training Cardrona. It is the only programme of its kind that is industry-based.

Cardrona employs all Otago Polytechnic snowboard students as instructors right at the beginning of the season. The training is designed to prepare students to teach within the school as soon as possible. Once they are ready & start teaching, training becomes integrated with the teaching experience. The students are treated as staff & are part of our Cardrona Snow Sports School team. Students have all the benefits of enrolling in tertiary education in New Zealand. The course covers a huge curriculum & the outcomes are far wider than any other snowboard instructor training course.


  • The Otago Polytechnic Certificate in Snow Sport Instructing (Snowboard)
  • The NZQA National Certificate in Snow Sports Instruction (Level 4)
  • SBINZ Levels 1 & 2
  • Formal teaching hours
  • Snow school employment reference

Entry Criteria

This course has open academic entry. Students must provide the following information with the application form:

  • Evidence that they have snowboard skills to an intermediate level, verified by a snow sports professional
  • Completed health & safety declaration
  • Referee statement from a teacher or qualified instructor which verifies the applicant's snowboarding experience

Cancellation of course

Enrolment in a course or programme is conditional upon & subject to sufficient numbers of students enrolling in the course/programme.

Further info

For further details, contact Barbara Emmitt: 


Otago Polytechnic
Central Otago Campus
P.O. Box 16
Cromwell, New Zealand

Freephone: 0800 765 9276

Or visit otagopolytechnic.ac.nz for more information.

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