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This six-day course provides an introduction to snow avalanche mapping for individuals working or interested in working in the avalanche risk management industry.
This course is designed for people who are:
50% of the course time will be spent working in the classroom and labs. The other half of the course will be spent conducting field work at avalanche sites in the nearby area. The course will generally run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with daily assignments requiring evening work in the air photo lab. Refer to the Sample Schedule under "Related Links" for 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:
Please note: Successful completion of this course does not qualify you to conduct snow avalanche mapping work without supervision.
On-line registration opens in early May. To register, click on the “Register now!” button in the right sidebar. Note that full payment is taken at the time of registration.
NEW: You will be required to upload a scan of the following document during your registration process. Without it you will be unable to complete your registration. A scan can be a legible digital photo of the required document. A scan is needed of:
Note: A $20 fee will be charged if you require the CAA to search through its records for a certificate copy. This must be done prior to registration.
Tuition is $1535 per student.
An additional $100 registration fee is applied to International Students.
Participants' learning on this course will be evaluated based on the daily assignments and the final assignment. Participants must attend the entire course, complete all daily assignments, and receive 71% or more on the final assignment in order to receive a certificate.
Refer to Sample Course Equipment under "Related Links" for an example of student equipment needs.
A course manual is included as part of the tuition for the course and includes course notes, pre-course assignments, exercises, and the CAA's Land Manager’s Guide to Snow Avalanche Hazards in Canada. The pre-course materials must be completed prior to starting the course. Students will be required to download the following text supplied in the student manual.
Weir, P. (2002). Snow Avalanche Management in Forested Terrain, BC Ministry of Forestry. ISBN 0-7726-4881-6. The download link is supplied in the student manual.
In addition to the supplied technical references, there are other publications that are highly recommended to students. Each student should have personal copies of the following publications and be fully familiar with their content and use in the avalanche industry. Click on the title of each text and you can purchase these resources through our online store.
Level 1 Prior Learning Assessment for Exemption Use this form in order to receive exemption from the Avalanche Operations Level 1 prerequisite for the Introduction to Snow Avalanche Mapping courseLevel 1 Prior Learning Assessment for Exemption
Intro Mapping Prior Learning Assessment for Equivalency Use this form when applying for equivalency to the Introduction to Snow Avalanche Mapping courseIntro Mapping Prior Learning Assessment for Equivalency
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.
Sep 23, 2013 to Sep 28, 2013