The AIARE PRO 1 Bridge Course is a two-day exam that provides continued professional development and certification for the avalanche worker who took the AIARE 2 (prior to winter 2017/18) as a step in their professional avalanche education. The certificates of the AIARE 2, the Avalanche Rescue, and the PRO 1 Bridge Course combine to provide the PRO 2 academic requirement for enrolment.
The first day students will be introduced to the evaluation criteria for the course, participate in practice field sessions and complete the rescue exam, the written exam and terrain photo exam. Day two consists of station weather, snow profile, snowpack tests and field terrain evaluation.
The PRO 1 Bridge Course assumes the applicant has backcountry experience, and is a working professional with field practice applying the decision making process taught on the AIARE 1 and the Avalanche Rescue courses.
Who should take this course?
Bridge course applicants are required to be currently working (guides, patrollers, highway workers, instructors) and to provide proof they are routinely applying SWAG guidelines to daily observations and participating in their operation’s risk assessment. Students with experience routinely applying SWAG-standard observation and recording skills and participation in group risk assessment and treatment will be more prepared to pass the Bridge Course exam.
Students who are not currently in the workplace are advised to take the AIARE PRO 1 course, rather than the Pro 1 Bridge course.
Pro 1 Bridge Course Exam: