Code of Conduct and Ethics

AIARE requires all members of AIARE, AIARE Providers, Instructors, and Staff, to observe high standards of integrity, professionalism, and inclusion in all aspects of business activities, including courses, work and volunteer roles, marketing, electronic communications, and social media. Interactions with stakeholders and wider society should be conducted in an ethical and inclusive manner. AIARE will investigate all reports of behavior or actions that do not comply with the code of conduct and will take restorative actions to correct harm caused by the behavior or action. Use the linked REPORTING FORM to report any behavior that you feel may be in violation.

AIARE qualified instructors are expected to demonstrate the following:

  1. A dedication to AIARE’s Mission of “Saving Lives through Avalanche Education” by managing the risk and welfare of students.
  2. The ability to facilitate positive learning environments in the classroom and in the field. This includes fostering inclusive learning spaces, using respectful language, and prioritizing the physical and emotional safety of AIARE course participants at all times.
  3. A commitment to continued development as an educator and avalanche professional.
  4. The ability to communicate and collaborate with the greater snow and avalanche community in a professional manner.
  5. Have self-awareness to recognize your own physical, technical and teaching abilities and seek to improve and work within those.

AIARE does not tolerate discrimination, harassment and bullying in any form. This includes but is not limited to: unlawful harassment or any mistreatment by or of workers or students, guests, clients, or agency partners in the workplace or in a work-related situation on the basis of sex, gender identification race, color, nationality, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion (or belief, where applicable), age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member), or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. If you suspect harassment, discrimination, or retaliation has occurred, you are encouraged to promptly provide a written or oral complaint to AIARE.


Effective August 1, 2020