AIARE Instructor Training Course

AIARE’s Instructor Training Course (ITC) is a five-day course focused on giving experienced backcountry travelers with basic operational experience the instructional skills and curriculum familiarity to teach the AIARE Recreational Curriculum.

AIARE Instructor Training Course

AIARE’s Instructor Training Course (ITC) is a five-day course focused on giving experienced backcountry travelers with basic operational experience the instructional skills and curriculum familiarity to teach the AIARE Recreational Curriculum.

AIARE Instructor Training Course

AIARE’s Instructor Training Course (ITC) is a five-day course focused on giving experienced backcountry travelers with basic operational experience the instructional skills and curriculum familiarity to teach the AIARE Recreational Curriculum.

The ITC application window has closed, but there is still space available. Late applications are accepted and placed on a space-available basis. Registration will open for the 2024-25 season in August. In the meantime, you can prepare all materials needed to register under "Course Prerequisites" below and sign up to be notified about course schedule and registration updates.

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How to Apply

Step 1:    Prepare your application materials listed below (under "Course Prerequisites") before applying.

Step 2:     LOGIN OR CREATE AN ACCOUNT

Step 3 Select "details" next to any course below to access the application form.

If you need to make any changes to your application, find the edit link under "Classes and Certificates" from your dashboard.

Course Dates

Course dates are typically posted in late June or early July. While we work hard to place applicants on their preferred course, placements are not guaranteed, however, applicants will have an opportunity to indicate their needs and preferences in their application.

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Application Timeline

July - course dates posted
August 1 - applications open @ 9:00am MT
Rolling - AIARE will notify applicants if additional materials are needed
August 23 - applications close @ midnight MT*
*ALL applications submitted within the application period will be considered at the end of the window. Applications submitted earlier do not receive preference.
September 6 - placement and waitlist notifications sent
September 18 - first course payments ($500 minimum) due and first round of enrollments complete
September 19 forward - any unpaid or forfeited spots offered to waitlisted students*
*Applicants will have one week from when they are contacted to respond and make payment

Course participants will have opportunities to:

  • Work with the AIARE curriculum
  • Practice and receive feedback on their instructional skills
  • Adapt their skills as avalanche professionals to manage risk in an educational context
  • Deepen their AIARE curriculum familiarity
  • Receive guidance on next steps to continue their development as avalanche educators

The linked course description and sample itinerary provides a general outline of AIARE’s ITC.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will meet AIARE’s instructor qualifications for AIARE 1, AIARE 2, and Avalanche Rescue courses

Individuals assessed as not yet ready to instruct AIARE courses will work with AIARE staff to create an individualized plan to develop the necessary skills. The ITC is not designed to fulfill all the requirements associated with employment by AIARE Providers. AIARE Providers may require additional training and certifications (such as first aid) as well as demonstrated guiding and movement skills as a prerequisite to employment.

Course Prerequisites

  • Proof of completion or observation of recreational AIARE 1, AIARE 2, and AIARE Avalanche Rescue
    • All courses must be completed before applying for your application to be considered complete
    • If a course certificate or observation is not displayed in your avtraining.org dashboard, please work directly with the AIARE provider to ensure your name is on the roster
    • For observations, upload a screenshot of your avtraining.org profile showing the relevant observation
  • A resume (using AIARE's template) demonstrating five years of backcountry travel experience
  • A PRO 1 certificate (or equivalent [see p.4 here]) from an A3-approved PRO provider
    • Your PRO 1 must be completed the season prior to applying for an ITC; the two cannot be completed in the same season
What if my level 1, level 2 or rescue course was not through AIARE?

AIARE’s avalanche education framework and course delivery is distinctly different from others in some key ways. Familiarity with these specifics will ensure you have not only a richer ITC experience but a smoother transition to teaching after your course. Unfortunately, non-AIARE recreational courses or other workplace experience do not provide the level of curricular familiarity necessary to succeed on an ITC and contribute to an instructor team afterward. If any of your recreational courses were not completed with AIARE, connect with a provider near you to participate as a student and/or observer in an upcoming AIARE course (the cost to observe a course is at the discretion of each provider). To fulfill the ITC prerequisite, make sure the provider names you as a(n) student/observer on the course roster so that it displays in your avtraining.org profile. 

Application Process

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The ITC application period opens for three weeks in August. Applications are only reviewed after the application period has closed. In other words, you can apply anytime during the window, and it will not affect your chances of acceptance. Late applications are considered on a space-available basis.

Only complete applications–those that meet all prerequisites and provide all information requested on the application form–are considered for enrollment. If an application is incomplete, AIARE will notify the applicant as soon as possible with information about what is needed. Incomplete applications generate a big administrative burden for our small office staff. Help us out by ensuring your application is complete before submitting.

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AIARE reviews applications in late August and early September and will notify applicants of their placement by mid-September. Those offered placement will finalize their enrollment by making payment. Students can choose to pay a $500 deposit, 50%, or 100% of the total course cost. At a minimum, the $500 deposit is required regardless of scholarships or other financial aid status. Please be aware of AIARE’s cancellation policy, which includes a $250 non-refundable fee. Final payment is due 60 days before the course start date. Scholarships are available. Any applicants who are not placed will be put on a waitlist and notified if spaces become available.