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
- Significant 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
- Currency with AIARE Instructor dues and continuing education requirements
Participants are assessed for their readiness to course lead on the CLT course 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. Individuals who are assessed as not yet ready to lead AIARE courses will work with AIARE to create an individualized plan to develop the necessary course leader skills.
For more detailed information about requirements, see the AIARE Instructor Qualifications document.
In the 2020-21 season, AIARE will move to collecting applications during an application period instead of processing applications on a first-come basis. This provides AIARE time to review and prioritize completed applications and creates a more equitable system to accommodate applicants who don’t have reliable computer access for long periods in the summer.
Exact details and dates will be posted when we post course dates in June. Expect the application period to open mid-summer and close in August.
In the meantime, please pull together your application materials, as only completed applications will be accepted.
To apply for a course, please be ready to submit the following in a digital format:
- A completed resume form that details 7 seasons of backcountry experience involving leadership and decision making in avalanche terrain.
- A letter of recommendation using this form from a current AIARE Course Leader you have worked with that speaks to your readiness to become a course leader.
- Your PRO 2 certificate (or equivalent – email Pro Program Director Sean Zimmerman-Wall 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.
There are scholarship opportunities for AIARE instructor development courses and AIARE Pro courses:
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
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.