The Pro 1 is the first step in professional level training in a progression of courses designed for avalanche workers early in their careers or for experienced workers looking to stay current with industry standards. The course covers the fundamentals of weather, snow, and avalanche observation, data collection, and recording to the industry standard in an operational setting. Students study and utilize the basics of avalanche hazard and risk assessments, while gaining operational practice in both the collection of data, daily contribution hazard and risk discussion and the forecasting process.
Students refine terrain recognition and travel skills while gaining experience characterizing avalanche paths and avalanche occurrences. Students are given the opportunity to leverage previous experience in terrain and deepen their understanding of how snowpack and terrain interact. Instructors provide coaching, instruction and ongoing evaluation both in the field and the classroom. Upon successful completion of a final written exam and several field exams, students are awarded an industry standard certification recognized by the American Avalanche Association (A3).
Student Requirements for Enrollment (1-3 all required):
Course applicants have completed the following A3 required prerequisites prior to enrollment found in the A3 Program Oversight document:
*A3 Note: Applicants who believe they have the educational equivalent of the above-listed prerequisites can apply to the Pro Course Provider of their choice for a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) review. Course enrollment in these situations is at the discretion of the Pro Course Provider.
3. One winter season (20 days or more) of relevant experience (demonstrated through one of the following).
Deposit: $275, Balance: $1124
Note: some program venues may have additional or increased costs that are noted above in the program listing.
The Registration Process: Students pays deposit, application is reviewed and upon approval a payment link is sent for the final balance.
**A3 Professional Course Fees are separate and go directly through A3.