Senior Alpine Instructor Training

Senior alpine instructor Training programme

Senior Alpine Instructor Training  Overview

Our Senior Alpine Instructor Training is specifically designed for people who are wanting to lead people in the alpine environment. If you are working towards NZOIA Alpine level 2, or are wanting to become trip leaders for clubs/social clubs where technical skills are being delivered this will be the course for you.

This is a 9 day “train the trainer” style course designed to look at key aspects that are important when leading others in this dynamic environment. There is a level of technical competency you will need to meet in regards to your personal skills in order to be able to attend this course, this is outlined in our pre-requisites below.



Before attending this course, you must be competent walking in crampons, using an ice axe, able to self-arrest, have completed Avalanche Awareness and be working towards or completed Back Country Avalanche Awareness & be proficient with the skills outlined in our 5-day technical mountaineering course.

If you do not meet the requirements in your personal skills we have aligned this course to our Alpine Training Course, where you can combine a 9-day alpine training course and this 9 day IDP.

We strongly recommend you combine our personal skills course with the Instructor Development Programme to observe how our alpine instructors deliver and scaffold learning to a group as well as ensure your personal skills are at industry standard. 


Level 2 Alpine Instructor Recommended Training Pathway

The OENZ 9 day TMC + Advanced Alpine Instructor Training is for leading clients in technical terrain where ropes will be used for safety and teaching technical mountaineering skills, such as pitching, roping up for glaciated travel, crevasse rescue systems, snow, and rock anchors.

We also encourage a personal logbook with a minimum of 40 days of personal experience in the mountains plus working towards additional time observing and assisting in teaching alpine skills. 

BAA or L5 Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Otago Polytech 12 week course) is strongly recommended to accompany this training.

Recommended additional OENZ training for leading and teaching others in alpine terrain

  • Facilitation and Leadership Course(this is an optional separate 5-day module)
  • 7-day bushcraft course
  • Weather Course


Instructor Training Location

This course will be held at Temple Basin in Arthurs Pass.


Instructor Training Accommodation

**All your accommodation is included in this mountaineering course**

The course will run over a two-week period but includes a weekend off in the middle. During this weekend, participants will be based from our Arthurs Pass Lodge which is uncatered. See the course structure below.

Week 1: Monday to Friday: Based at Temple Basin return to Arthurs Pass Village Friday evening.

Saturday/Sunday: Weekend off in Arthurs Pass (accommodation included but not catered)

Monday to Thursday: Based at Temple Basin, return to Christchurch on Thursday by 5 pm.




Temple Basin Lodge

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Temple Basin Lodge

The lodge is situated high above Arthurs pass village. The lodge is very comfortable with power,  flush toilets, a drying room, heaters,  bunk rooms, and a large common room and bar.








Arthurs Pass Lodge

TMC course

The lodge has bunk beds set up across 3 bedrooms and can sleep up to 20 people. It has a kitchen stocked with utensils, cookware, fridge, ovens. You will also be treated to power, bathroom facilities, hot showers and heating. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag, pillow and food.

This will be a weekend off for participants and an opportunity to explore the local village and relax before entering the second phase of the IDP program.





This is a semi-catered program, the team up at Temple Basin lodge will look after the catering. You can expect a cooked breakfast, dinner and dessert, all prepared by the onsite chef.  A small shop and bar are also available to purchase refreshments and snacks. Once back in the Village you will be in an uncatered lodge but will have access to the local cafe and restaurant.


Gear & Equipment

All you will need for this course is waterproof boots and normal outdoor clothing. We will supply all the mountaineering and avalanche equipment for you if you don’t have your own.  You can find a packing list at the bottom of this page.

We will also supply all of the group and client equipment needed for the model client days.


Free Transport

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OENZ 4×4


We collect you from your accommodation on day 1 and then provide daily transport to and from the mountains and accommodation for the rest of the programme.



Meeting locations (catch a ride with us)

If you have your own car but want a lift we’re happy to meet you at one of the following locations:

Yaldhurst Mcdonalds 7:00 am (see on google maps)

*Darfield Bakery 7:30 am (see on google maps)

Castle Hill Village 8:30 am (see on google maps)

*Our preferred meeting location is Darfield Bakery.



Travelling From out of town?

OENZ Van for mountaineering courses
OENZ 12 seat Van

We recommend that you arrive in Christchurch the day before your course. We have a few hotel & hostel suggestions on our FAQ’s page. Please avoid booking accommodation north or east of the city center.  At the end of the course, we are more than happy to drop you back at your accommodation or directly to the airport.  The earliest time we can have you back at the airport is 6 pm.





When is the next course 9-day Alpine Instructor Training ?

Alpine Instructor Trainings run between July & October.  Visit our Course Calendar for scheduled course dates. Custom courses can be created on alternative dates by request.


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Price: $3999*


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* This is the early bird booking price, standard rates available on the course calendar.


Included in this

Senior Alpine Instructor Training


L2 Alpine Instructor

While we will endeavor to cover as many of the teachable skills below across the week, the focus will not be on the technical skill, but how to teach it. 


Weather & avalanche forecast

visiting Mt Temple in Arthurs Pass on a mountain skills course
Descending from Mt Temple
  • Applying weather & avalanche forecasting to decision making.
  • NZ mountain weather
  • Dynamic avalanche management


Teaching a range of snow anchors

  • Snow Stakes
  •  T-Slot
  • Vertical placements
  • Horizontal placement
  • Top clips
  • Snow Bollards


Teaching Ropework

mountaineering course
Preparing to abseil
  • Knots for alpine climbing
  • Alpine rock protection & rock anchors
  • Snow Anchors & Runners
  • Pitching & belaying
  • Body Belays
  • Abseiling
  • Climbing in 2 & 3 person teams



Teaching Glacier Travel

  • Roping up for glacier travel
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Simple and complex hall systems



Leadership/instructional skills:

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Roped up of Glacier travel
  • Plan and prepare 2 x multi-day educational and safe alpine experiences for model clients
  • Lead and manage a small group for 2 x 2 consecutive days in the alpine environment which may include a campout.
  • Apply effective safety management applicable to group, terrain and environmental conditions.










Senior Alpine Instructor Training Timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1 Instructor Specific Skills Day Instructor Specific Skills Day Facilitation & Planning Overnight Model Client Experience Continued Model Client Experience Off Off
Week 2 Reflection & planning Overnight Model Client Experience Continued Model Client Experience End of course – wrap up and final results.


How many people will be on my course?

We believe that small groups are better for this type of training. So we have a maximum client to instructor ratio of just four clients to one instructor. If there are six clients you will have one guide and one assistant guide, eight clients means there will be two guides and you’ll operate in two smaller groups.



Does this training course have minimum numbers?


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Small group training

Yes, the minimum number for the course to proceed at the advertised price is two clients. We won’t cancel your course if we don’t meet the minimum numbers though, instead, we will offer you the following options:

a.) A shorter private course with 1-1 tuition – e.g. with one person we can cover the course content much faster, so far fewer days are needed.

b.) You will be offered to continue with the course as planned and cover the extra cost.

c.) We can transfer you to another date when the course is running again.

Note: In the unlikely event that the course length is shortened due to insufficient numbers. We will provide accommodation for you in Arthurs Pass Village for the full duration of your original booking. ie. any extra time following the course being shortened.


OENZ- Outdoor Education New Zealand


Phone: +64 3 329 9076                                     Email: [email protected]