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The CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2 Program is an advanced program for people who work full time with avalanche safety and control operations.
Participants must have at least 100 days of operational field experience making and collecting weather, snowpack, and avalanche activity observations before applying. This generally requires at least two years of active operational field work and experience under the mentorship of CAA Professional Members.
The Level 2 Program is divided into three modules:
Refer to the Sample Schedules for each module under “Related Links” in the right sidebar for more details.
Please note: Students are responsible for their own transportation on the course.
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
Applicants must have:
*Refer to the PLA exemption form under “Related Links”;
Students are required to apply for this program and are accepted based on meeting the outlined prerequisites. Applications may be sent in at any time to the CAA office by email (email@example.com), or fax 1-866-366-2094. Refer to the Level 2 - Application Information under "Related Links" for further details.
Once accepted, a student will be able to register online. Note that fill payment will be taken at time of registration. Online registration opens in the first weeks of June. The Level 2 schedule, course dates, and locations are posted mid-May on the right of this page. A "Registration Opens" date is listed below each course at the time of schedule posting.
Note: ACMG Guides must participate in Module 2.
An additional $100 registration fee is applied to International Students.
Module 1, 2, & 3 courses are open to past Level 2 graduates as CPD. Typically 10% of Module 1 students are CPD students, enabling a rich and collaborative learning environment for all involved. Numerous organizations are now sending significant numbers of senior avalanche personnel to participate in these courses annually.
Participants’ learning during the Level 2 program will be formally evaluated on the Module 3 course. This formal evaluation is a combination of written tests and exercises, field book observations, practical examinations, field discussions, and A.M. and P.M. Operational Hazard Analysis. Students must pass the following mandatory elements: Data Collection/Record Keeping, Snow Profile, and Terrain/Hazard Analysis with an overall mark of 71% or greater. Students also submit written work in the form of a portfolio towards the end of the course. Retests are allowed in specific situations only.
Informal personalized feedback will be provided throughout the Module 1 and 2 courses. Students will also be asked to keep a written portfolio of their work throughout all three of the course modules which documents their progression of learning. This portfolio is submitted at the end of the course for instructor review. Detailed evaluation criteria will be provided as part of course materials provided to each student upon registration. A passing grade results in the CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2 certificate of completion being granted to the student.
Upon registration, Module 1 students will be provided with a program package that will include:
Students are required to bring a laptop computer to the course.
Industry Training Program curriculum is delivered every year in countries such as Japan and New Zealand. If you are interested in finding out more about our international outreach projects, please go to the websites listed below or contact the CAA directly.
Prior Learning Assessment for Exemption - Operations Level 1 Use the following forms in order to have certain Level 2 course prerequisites waivedPrior Learning Assessment for Exemption - Operations Level 1
If ALL course dates for a course are full, the CAA will take applicants to be put on a waiting list. A general e-mail will be sent out to the waiting list if a spot becomes open for one of the course dates.
Oct 28, 2013 to Oct 31, 2013
Dec 05, 2013 to Dec 08, 2013
Jan 28, 2014 to Jan 31, 2014
Dec 12, 2013 to Dec 18, 2013
Feb 23, 2014 to Mar 01, 2014