Where the PRO 1 focuses on avalanche workers as team members, the PRO 2 is designed for those who are (or will become) operational leaders. Examples include the lead in avalanche forecasting operations, guides and ski patrol leaders who operate alone and/or will be responsible for risk management of a group or a team, as well as avalanche education course instructors and course directors.
The course reviews best practices in avalanche risk management including data management and reporting, long term observation and documentation, risk reduction procedures, worker safety, and the development of strategies to limit the effect of bias and uncertainty on individual and team decisions.
PRO 2 courses run in close contact with different types of operations, including highway operations, public forecast centers, backcountry ice and ski guiding, and mechanized operations. Participants have the opportunity to gain real time experience watching how professionals manage risk in each context. AIARE PRO 2 courses bring in guest speakers, adding depth and diversity of experience to the course. These include backcountry forecasters, highway forecasters, researchers, and educators preeminent in their respective fields. PRO 2 courses focus on participants’ skills in application through classroom and field exercises.
In order to deliver this high level course, venues are chosen that meet the demands of the PRO 2 curriculum; this requires diversity in access to operations, terrain, snowpack, and logistics. In addition to the venue, course timing is crucial to successful delivery of the course. Courses must be scheduled with appropriate timing for participants to complete pre course writing and assignments. The timing of the course must align with the operations with which they are connected. This allows participants to experience these operations in real time. And, like any operation in the avalanche industry, course scheduling is subject to weather conditions.