AIARE Pro 1 and Pro 1 Bridge Course

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.

AIARE Professional Avalanche Education Course Flow

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

Information on the Pro 2 Course