Instructor Continuing Education

AIARE Instructors and Course Leaders keep on top of updates to AIARE curriculum, industry and teaching best practices, and their own professional development through annual continuing education (CE). The AIARE CE Program provides AIARE Instructors and CLs with a menu of courses to tailor their individual development needs.

Instructors must meet this requirement with an AIARE-offered course at least every other year. For non-AIARE CE years, Instructors can choose from a growing list of approved opportunities.

Instructors who are inactive for one or more seasons will need to work with the Rec Program Director to determine a professional development plan to become an active AIARE Instructor again.


2021–22 Season Update

AIARE waived the AIARE-led CE requirement for the 2021–22 season.

Our continuing education goal for AIARE Instructors and Course Leaders is to engender a culture of lifelong learning by providing diverse, valuable offerings. Our current system has been based on one-day courses or 8 hours of engagement. This season, there are more virtual educational opportunities available than ever on a huge array of topics. The constraint of limiting CE to be a one-day course or equivalent simply wasn’t responsive to the diversity of virtual offerings being put on by others or the value that can come from shorter-format courses.

Because of this and in order to adapt to this new landscape, we are waiving the AIARE-led CE requirement for this season and will move to shorter format seminars that are 1–2 hours in length. This provides the ability to count non-full day events as CE and enables us to offer more valuable seminars.

What this means for you

AIARE will still require one day or 8 hours of continuing education each year. You will now have the option to do that with several shorter-format courses, in addition to SAWs, weather courses, and AMGA courses. We’ll continue to update our list of non-AIARE CE and we will start including equivalent hours in the listing. This season, your 8 hours can be made up of AIARE offerings or from our continually expanding list of non-AIARE CE offerings. Note that the intent is to engage in continuing education yearly, so the maximum number of “credit” hours for a single course is 8, even if it is a multi-day course.

Please keep track of your CE for last season and this season (2020–21 and 2021–22) in such a way that you can provide a record of your continuing education when you pay your dues and sign the code of conduct on September 1, 2022. You are welcome to make a copy of this spreadsheet or download it as an Excel sheet to use as a template to track your CE.

Download CE Tracking Template


AIARE Continuing Education Courses

For the 2021–22 season, AIARE offered a series of 1-2 hour webinars for instructors to use toward their required 8 hours of continuing education each season. All AIARE-provided CE for this season has now passed. Click below to watch recordings of the webinars. Note that some recordings will not be made available until the end of the 2021–22 season.

View 2021-22 AIARE CE


Click below to sign up to be notified when the 2022–23 AIARE CE lineup is posted and open for registration.

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Non-AIARE CE Courses

The courses in the list below have been approved as non-AIARE CE opportunities. Please not that because the purpose of CE is to engage in continuing education yearly, the maximum number of “credit” hours for a single course is 8, even if it is a multi-day course.

Non-AIARE courses are approved by AIARE on a regular rolling basis. General guidelines for acceptable courses are those that are open to any AIARE Instructor to enroll (i.e. not in-house employee trainings) and are relevant professional development for avalanche educators. Suggestions of synchronous and asynchronous virtual training, as well as in-person training, are welcome. If you would like to suggest a course, please send a course description and syllabus to AIARE Rec Program Director Liz Riggs Meder.


Non-AIARE Courses or Conferences approved for Continuing Education Credits
(as of 2/7/2022)