AIARE Professional Avalanche Education Courses
Welcome to the new Professional Course Flow. Some details and the course schedule are still being finalized, so check back often for updates.
Pro 1 and Pro 1 Bridge Courses
The Pro 1 course is the first of the Professional courses, and is similar to the traditional AIARE 2 course, with the addition of an evaluation. The Pro 1 course is a Pass/Fail course.
The Pro 1 Bridge course provides an opportunity for working professionals who have recently taken an AIARE 2 or similar level 2 course to “bridge” up to a Pro 1 certificate. The Pro 1 Bridge course is a two-day assessment of skills.
Student requirements for enrollment in a Pro 1:
- Completion of an AAA-recognized Level 1 course (AIARE 1)
- Completion of AAA-recognized Avalanche Rescue course (available starting in late 2017)
- One winter season (20 days or more) of relevant experience, demonstrated through one of the following:
- Prior avalanche work experience or
- A supervised unpaid work internship in the guiding/avalanche industry, supported by a letter of reference or
- Winter backcountry travel experience supported by documented trip planning and recorded field observations that contributed to avalanche hazard assessment and personal avalanche risk management or
- Letter of Recommendation from professional member or
- AAA Membership, Affiliate or Professional