Course assessment principles adhere to those described in the American Avalanche Association (AAA) Professional Avalanche Training Guidelines and Proficiencies for the PRO 1 Bridge Course.
A course score of 70% is required to pass.
- Avalanche rescue skills (pass/fail). This skill is evaluated prior to the course during the Avalanche Rescue course. Students are required to produce the certificate as a requirement for enrolment.
- Observation and Recording (40% of course grade). Students are required to submit documented observations for instructor review prior to the course start date. The students will receive some coaching and direction on the submitted field weather and snow profile observations prior to the start of the course and then again on the first day of the course. Weather and snow profile observations and snowpack tests are reviewed on the first day of the course and the evaluation criteria is explained to each student.
- Hazard and Risk Analysis Forms and Written Exam (50% of course grade). Students complete a hazard and risk analysis form and complete a written exam the first day. The written exam is 50 questions, plus a terrain photo exam, Identifying avalanche terrain and choosing field observation sites that complement field decisions.
PRO 1 Instructors attend both AAA approved AIARE staff training, preseason annual training, and participate in a pre-course day (prior to PRO 1 courses) to ensure consistency between instructors with both demonstration method and evaluation criteria.
Students have the right to a retest of weather plot and snow profile observations, snowpack tests and the written exam, and can appeal their grade. This information is included in the student information package.
Pro 1 Bridge Course Exam: