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“I had a 110% positive, exceptional experience that was quite higher than my expectations with my L2! I'm just thrilled with what I got out of it and impressed with all that was asked of us as participants before and during the program." Angela Hawse, M.A. IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide
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:
1 For those with similar training and experience, you must apply for exemption using the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) form; this form may be submitted during the application process
2 These courses must be completed prior to the Level 2 Module 2. For those who wish to apply to the Avalanche Operations Level 2 program but have yet to take either of these prerequisites, they must submit a Letter of Intent indicating that they will provide proof of completion prior to the start of the Module 2.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 full 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 are not automatically exempt from the Module 2, they must apply for Prior Learning Assessment for equivalency to the 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 2% of Module 1 students are CPD students, enabling a rich and collaborative learning environment for all involved. Numerous organizations have sent 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. Retests are allowed in specific situations only.
Informal personalized feedback will be provided throughout the Module 1 and 2 courses. 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. As well, bring a copy of CAA Observation Guidelines and Recording Standards (2007). If you do not have this OGRS a copy will be available on course for you.
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.
If courses are full, contact the CAA to be put on a waiting list (email@example.com) and a general e-mail will be sent out to those on the waitlist when a spot becomes open.