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We often field inquiries on how to become an AST instructor. Below is some important information.
The Avalanche Skills Training (AST) program is administered by the CAC. The AST curriculum was created and continues to be updated by the CAC. The CAC takes care of licensing AST instructors, communicating with AST instructors (via newsletters and emails) and shipping AST materials to instructors. The CAC licenses only CAA "Active" or "Professional" members, not organizations, to instruct AST.
The instructor will meet the following minimum requirements:
Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 course:
Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 course:
New requirements for AST instructors (2012-13) include:
To learn more about CAA membership and access the application, go to: http://www.avalanche.ca/caa/members/join-the-caa.
Once you meet the pre-requisites, you will need to sign two (2) licenses. The AST license to use proprietary materials is a one-time license which stipulates use of the CAC materials. This license clarifies what the required materials are for AST 1 and 2 courses and clarifies how the materials are to be used. Anyone licensing to teach AST must have this license on file.
The other license is the AST license agreement which is signed annually. By signing this annually, the CAC is able to keep track of how many AST instructors are licensed for any given year.
There are required materials to teach AST. These include:
For more information, or to license, please contact Nancy Geismar at firstname.lastname@example.org.