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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 Canadian Avalanche Centre (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.
NEW! CAC/AST Partnership: (Click this link to read the memorandum in its entirety).
The AST program has matured and is now estimated to be an industry that generates $1.5 million in revenues with profits accruing solely to AST providers. In 2013-14, the CAC will formalize a partnership with AST providers and is asking them to make a financial contribution to help offset some of the costs incurred by the CAC in promoting, administering, and supporting the AST program (estimated to be approximately $45,000/year). As partners, AST providers will also contribute some of the funds required to renew AST Intellectual Property such as the AST curriculum, which has cost at least $80,000 to develop to date and which will require ongoing renewal in the future.
For the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, the financial contribution amounts to the equivalent of:
Credit will be given for CAC sponsorships or CAF donations. Of contributions received, 84% will be used to pay for a portion of promotion, administration, and resource support and 16% will be used to create an Intellectual Property Renewal Fund.
AST instructors must meet the following minimum requirements:
For teaching Avalanche Skills Training Level 1:
For teaching Avalanche Skills Training Level 2:
Requirements for AST instructors include:
To learn more about CAA membership and access the application, go to: http://www.avalanche.ca/caa/members/join-the-caa.
Starting with the 2013-14 season, only AST "Providers" will sign the Provider Agreement (this is a new document, amalgmating the two previous licenses, to be distributed this summer). A "Provider" is an individual, company, organization or other entity that delivers AST courses to the public, either directly (e.g. an individual instructor) or indirectly (e.g. an entity that hires instructors). Individual instructors employed by these organizations will not have to submit a license agreement (as in the past).
There are required materials to teach AST. These include:
For more information, or to license, please contact Nancy Geismar at firstname.lastname@example.org.