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 to their individual development needs.

Instructors are asked to engage in at least 8 hours of continuing education each year. With the growth of high-quality virtual course offerings, this can be a combination of virtual and in-person courses from one to eight hours in length offered by either AIARE or a growing list of approved non-AIARE courses, including regional SAWS, ISSW, and AMGA training. To honor the intent of annual continuing professional development, courses that are longer than eight hours (i.e. a multi-day training) are only counted as eight hours each year. 

To remain connected to AIARE-specific skills and content, Instructors must have at least half of their hours every two years (or 8 out of 16 hours) come from an AIARE-offered continuing education course.

Each fall, when you pay your annual instructor dues and acknowledge the AIARE Code of Conduct, you will also need to upload a record of your previous two seasons of continuing education using this template. For example, if submitting in Fall 2022, you will need records of your CE from the winters of 20/21 and 21/22.

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

*REMINDER: AIARE waived the AIARE-led CE requirement for the 2021-22 season. This means that forms uploaded in the fall of 2022 will be required to show 16 hours of continuing education over the past two seasons, but there is no requirement for any of those hours to be from AIARE-led courses. In 2023, 8 of the 16 hours of continuing education for the past two seasons will need to be from AIARE courses.


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AIARE Continuing Education Courses

For the 2022-23 season, AIARE will be offering a webinar series as well as two in-person workshops. These courses are designed for avalanche education professionals and are open to any instructor from an AIARE or non-AIARE provider.

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Non-AIARE CE Courses

The courses in the list below have been approved as non-AIARE CE opportunities. Please note 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)


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