WORK AND QUALIFY ~ Ski Instructor Apprenticeship ~ NZSIA Level 1 & 2

WORK AND QUALIFY ~ Ski Instructor Apprenticeship ~ NZSIA Level 1 & 2

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13 exam days, 23 days training, 40 possible shadow/work days

Train to become a ski instructor, while also working and learning from others, in the awesome skifields of Turoa, an active volcano and an incredible location. Skiing on the North Island of New Zealand is a surreal experience unlike almost anything else on earth. We have created an ideal combination of training, work and experience to ensure you have an epic time and the best chance to achieve the qualifications, and experience, to work as a ski instructor in the future.

We tried out all the ski fields in New Zealand before we decided to base ourselves in Ohakune and Turoa. For us the combination of laid-back kiwi life in Ohakune and steep, varied terrain in Turoa and Whakapapa was perfect. We live for adventure so the rugged, volcanic North Island in the beautiful National Park was more exciting than the touristy South Island resorts. 


Our NZ Apprenticeship Programme allows our Basecampers to gain the following qualifications:

NZSIA Level 1 - The entry level ski instructor qualification for teaching novices and young children how to ski.The New Zealand Snowsports Instructor Alliance (NZSIA) level 1 is an introduction NZSIA technique and methodology, and the role of ski teaching within the ski industry.

NZSIA Level 2 - The Level 2 is the next level for skiers looking to start teaching intermediate skiers out on the mountain. Both the training and final examination for this award require dedicated training and a high level of skiing. Historically Basecamp students have enjoyed a high level pass rate, and this is something we pride ourselves on. Whilst the NZSIA award enables you to teach all over the world, you will have discovered New Zealand now and will find it hard to go anywhere else.


  • Pre-season communication & advice

  • Guaranteed contract with Mt Ruapehu Snowsports if successful applicant

  • 15 Weeks of centrally located accommodation in Ohakune (Twin and quad-share)

  • Daily transport to Turoa ski resort

  • NZSIA Level 1 & 2 exam fees

  • Staff season lift pass

  • 23 days of training throughout the season

  • Staff Uniform


Q: Who is this course best suited to?

A: This course provides the best path into the industry!  It's the best course for those looking to qualify as a level 2 instructor and work as an instructor the same season.

Q: How good do you have to be at skiing before the course?

A: We ask that you can comfortably ski red runs and occasional blacks

Q: Are the qualifications hard to pass?

A: The level 1 isn't hard to pass. It's an entry-level qualification. Participants will be assessed on their ability to perform and teach on the mountain. The Level 2 in a big step up from the Level 1, however the training you receive prior to the exam puts you in an excellent position to pass.  

Q: How much will I get paid as an instructor?

A: You can expect to earn around $16 an hour working for the ski school. 


To apply just send your CV and Cover Letter to

If you have any questions you would like to ask one of our experts, we’re waiting on the end of the phone for your call +44 (0)208 789 9055

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