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AIARE Course Leader Training

The AIARE Course Leader Training (CLT) is a hybrid course that takes place over four virtual sessions and three in-person field days. This course trains highly experienced AIARE Instructors to lead Avalanche Rescue, AIARE 1, and AIARE 2 courses. Participants will apply their operational risk management skills and experience as AIARE Instructors to practice and receive feedback on leading an instructional team to both manage risk and meet the learning outcomes of the AIARE curriculum.

Course Format

AIARE recognizes the need to minimize time away from work for current AIARE Instructors, as well as the benefit that is provided with more time for work, reflection and the incorporation of feedback between sessions. Thus the CLT format has changed to a hybrid course with four virtual sessions that take place via Zoom over the course of a month ahead of a three-day in-person field session.

Significant pre-course work is integral to making the Zoom sessions productive and engaging.The course description and generic agenda can help give an idea of what typically happens on a course. Individuals who successfully complete the course and meet AIARE Instructor and Course Leader qualifications will be able to apply for AIARE Course Leader status.


Participants are assessed for their readiness to lead AIARE courses and will receive feedback on their risk management and instructional skills. Individuals who are assessed as ready to course lead and have a current or pending professional membership with A3 will be able to apply for AIARE Course Leader status and will be qualified to course lead AIARE 1, Avalanche Rescue, and AIARE 2 courses. AIARE Providers, who use the AIARE curriculum to independently offer high-quality avalanche education, may require additional training and certifications such as demonstrated skills as a lead guide or operational and movement skills not assessed on a CLT. Individuals who are assessed as not yet ready to lead AIARE courses will work with AIARE staff to create an individualized plan to develop the necessary course leader skills. 

Please note that the application process has changed this year. There is a significant pre-course assignment and application packet required with your course application. PLEASE REVIEW THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND PULL TOGETHER YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS BEFORE BEGINNING TO FILL OUT THE FORM.