The AIARE Course Leader Training (CLT) is a five-day course that trains highly-experienced AIARE Instructors to lead Avalanche Awareness, Avalanche Rescue, AIARE 1, and AIARE 2 courses. Participants will apply their operational risk management skills and experience as AIARE Instructors while learning how to create positive learning environments for AIARE course participants. Participants will use their deep understanding of the AIARE curriculum to learn how to manage a team of instructors to meet the learning outcomes of the AIARE curriculum.
Prerequisites for the Course Leader Training include:
- 7 seasons of winter backcountry experience involving leadership and decision making in avalanche terrain
- Experience instructing AIARE 1, 2, and Avalanche Rescue courses
- Letter of recommendation from an AIARE Course Leader outlining readiness to lead courses, competence delivering AIARE curriculum, and skills leading avalanche course participants in the field
- PRO 2 certificate or equivalent
- Current AIARE Instructor dues and continuing education are current
- Current American Avalanche Association (A3) professional membership or pending application
Participants are evaluated and receive feedback on their risk management and instructional skills. Individuals who successfully complete the course and meet AIARE Course Leader qualifications will be able to apply for AIARE Course Leader status. For more detailed information about requirements, see the AIARE Instructor Qualifications document.
The following dates are scheduled for the 2019-20 season:
|Dec 9-13, 2019||Mt. Baker, WA||$1350|
Price includes lodging, breakfast, and dinner
|Jan 11-15, 2020||Colorado Mountain College, Leadville, CO||$1050|
Applying for a Course Leader Training is a two-part process. The first step is to fill out an application. On the application, you will need to submit documentation of your prerequisites in addition to some basic current medical and personal information. We will also review your profile in our database as part of reviewing your application. Please login at avtraining.org to ensure the records in your profile are accurate. After we review your application we will follow up with a link to register and pay for the course.
Full payment is due at the time of registration. Your spot on the course will not be confirmed until full payment is received.
To apply for a course, please be ready to submit the following in a digital format:
- A resume detailing 7 seasons of backcountry experience involving leadership and decision making in avalanche terrain. You can use this document to detail your experience.
- A letter of recommendation from a current AIARE Course Leader that speaks to your readiness to become a course leader. Please use this form.
- Your PRO 2 certificate (or equivalent – email firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel you have equivalent training). If you took your course from AIARE (either a PRO 2 or an AIARE 3), this will show up in your profile. If you took your course from another provider, you will need to provide a PDF or JPEG of your certificate.
- Check that your profile is up to date by logging into the AIARE website and checking “My Courses” to ensure that your profile demonstrates significant experience teaching Avalanche Rescue, AIARE 1, and AIARE 2.
No refunds are issues if you cancel your course registration for any reason within 40 days of the start date of the course. If you cancel your course registration 40 days or more before the start date of the course, you will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. Course fees are non-transferable and can not be applied to other AIARE courses or AIARE fees. If AIARE cancels the course for any reason, a full refund will be given.
The cancellation and refund policy goes into effect immediately upon making your course payment. This cancellation and refund policy pertains to all course participants. No exceptions to the policy can be made.
We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance (including medical and evacuation insurance) to cover the costs of cancellation fees, airfare, and other non-refundable expenses in the event that you need to cancel from the course, AIARE needs to cancel a course due to lack of snow or events beyond our control, or you are injured prior to or during the course.
There are several scholarship opportunities for AIARE instructor development courses and AIARE Pro courses, as well as AIARE 1 classes.
The Kizaki-Wolf AIARE Scholarship supports outstanding outdoor professionals in furthering their avalanche education and teaching skills. This scholarship provides full or partial tuition for an Instructor Training Course, Course Leader Training Course or Pro 1 or Pro 2 course
The George Dirth Memorial Scholarship fund supports Colorado-based backcountry skiers/snowboarders. The Fund provides partial tuition for an AIARE 1 course. Please visit George Dirth Memorial for more information on this scholarship opportunity.