Avalanche Control Blasting

Blasting Course

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This two day course provides essential training in the safe application of explosives in avalanche control. With the generous assistance of WorkSafeBC, the CAA has brought together leading explosives and avalanche industry experts to design this course specific to avalanche control.

This course covers industry-endorsed procedures for hand charge, cornice, helicopter, and avalauncher missions and addresses federal and provincial government regulations governing explosives use in avalanche control.

The course will generally take place in a classroom although there will be one site visit on the second day. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to this site visit. Classes will start at 8:00 a.m. and finish at 4:30 p.m., with some homework after the first day. Refer to the Sample Schedule under "Related Links" for details.

This course does not certify students. For more information on WorkSafeBC Blasting Certification, click on the WorkSafeBC link in the right hand column of this page. See below for further information.

Program Goals

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

  • Explain the role of explosives in avalanche control;
  • Describe explosives and how to assemble them;
  • Describe regulations governing the use of explosives;
  • Describe requirements for storing explosives;
  • Describe procedures for explosive deployment;
  • Describe recording procedures;
  • Describe procedures for disposing of explosives.


Applicants must:

  • Have CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1 or similar training and experience;*
  • Be 19 years of age or older.
  • *Refer to the Prior Learning Assessment form under the Training Student Resources tab.


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 scans of the following documents during your registration process. Without them you will be unable to complete your registration. A scan can be a legible digital photo of the required document. Scans are needed of:

  • CAA Level 1 certificate or an approved Prior Learning Assessment application for exemption
  • Proof of 19 years of age or older. Example: A copy of your Driver's License.


Tuition price is $466.16 per student.

Course Evaluation

There is an evaluation component to the course. A passing mark of 71% must be obtained on the final exam to complete the course successfully.

Course Equipment and Materials

This is a classroom-based course therefore students do not require any specialized outdoor equipment. Raincoat and outdoor shoes are recommended for the site visit. Students are required to bring a laptop computer to the course.
Registered participants will receive an e-mail  one month prior to course start. This e-mail will contain the course logistical information. Course materials, including a student manual, will be given out at course start.

WCB Blasting Exam

This course does not certify students. For more information on WorkSafeBC Blasting Certification, click on the WorkSafeBC link in the right hand column of this page.

There will be a WCB Blasting exam for class participants who meet the exam pre-requisites immediately following the CAA course. Participants must meet the prerequisites of 6 months experience, 6 missions with 25 shots total per endorsement. A log book displaying experience or letters of competency from the employer/supervisor are required. Participants must also register for the exam by calling 604-276-3090.

The cost of the WCB Blasting exam is $140 (May be subject to change).  If you have further questions, please contact Daryl Mellquist at 250-612-4909 or daryl.mellquist@worksafebc.com

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The CAA's Avalanche Control Blasting course is an ideal choice for those avalanche professionals looking for CPD courses. This course is an up-to-date look at government regulations, policies, procedures, and current industry best practises that all avalanche workers will find valuable, regardless of experience.

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course dates

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