Resource and Transportation

Resource and Transportation Avalanche Management Course

View larger imageSize four avalanche over the Lanark snowshed | Photo: Greg Paltinger

This five day course is designed to provide avalanche training to workers who are required to assist in the recognition and evaluation of risks associated with work in avalanche terrain. Students may enroll to meet their workplace requirements (field technicians, foresters, equipment operators etc.) or because they are involved in managing the duties of others (road superintendants, managers and so on).

Workers from any industry where workers are exposed to avalanche terrain will benefit from taking this course. Among others, participants have come from the transport maintenance, mining, transmission line, forestry and highway construction sectors.

Level of Certification

The RTAM course is a professional-level course. However, by itself, it does not qualify the student to make operational decisions regarding avalanche risk or carry out duties such as active avalanche control. In most cases, industrial companies and contractors will still need to engage the services of a qualified avalanche professional or other qualified registered professional to assess their level of avalanche risk and determine appopriate mitigation requirements.

This course will give the students an improved understanding of the avalanche phenomenon, which will allow better strategic decision. It will help facilitate enhanced communication between avalanche professionals and members of your workforce. Students will be able to help monitor changing weather and snowpack conditions and make accurate avalanche observations. For some workers working in relatively low risk environments, a qualified professional may recommend workers take this course to facilitate work under remote supervision. For others, taking the course may form a component of an overall avalanche risk reduction strategy.

Advancement of Skills

The RTAM course may be taken in conjunction with the RTAM Operations Level 1 Field Module, for students who wish to further advance technical aspects of their avalanche knowledge. The RTAM Field Module provides instruction on more advanced field, travel and rescue skills. Students who successfully graduate from the RTAM and the RTAM Operations Level 1 Field Module are granted equivalency for the Avalanche Operations Level 1 course, which is the industry-recognised entry level standard for avalanche professionals, as well as a pre-requisite for higher level professional avalanche courses such as Avalanche Operations Level 2.


RTAM Flowchart

 Figure 1: RTAM training flowchart showing equivalency with Avalanche Operations Level 1.


On-line registration opens in early September. To register, click on the “Register now!” button in the right sidebar. Note that full payment will be taken at the time of on-line 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:

  • Proof of 19 years of age or older. Example: A copy of your Driver's License.

Program Goals

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • State the nature and formation of avalanches;
  • State the hazards of avalanches to people and property;
  • Observe and record weather and snowpack data;
  • Observe and record avalanche activity data;
  • Describe the properties of the mountain snowpack;
  • State the factors that are applied in snow stability evaluation;
  • Describe the process of avalanche hazard and risk analysis;
  • Recognize and describe avalanche terrain and identify safe areas;
  • Apply avalanche safety measure;
  • Conduct avalanche search and rescue.


Applicants must:

  • Be fully equipped and familiar with the required equipment. Refer to the Sample Equipment list under "Related Links". This includes the use of avalanche transceivers.
  • Be 19 years of age or older.

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An additional $100 registration fee is applied to International Students.

Course Evaluation

Participants are evaluated by pratical and written tests on weather, snowpack and avalanche observations & techniques. knowledge of avalanche terrain, the formation of avalanches, avalanche rescue, and record keeping are also evaluated. A minimum mark of 71% is required to pass.

Course Equipment & Materials

Refer to the Sample Equipment List under "Related Links" for student equipment needs. Following registration, the student manual will be mailed out. Students are required to become familiar with the manual and its content prior to the start of the course. In addition, there are a number of beneficial recommended pre-readings.

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course dates

If courses are full, contact the CAA to be put on a waiting list ( and a general e-mail will be sent out to those on the waitlist when a spot becomes open.