The AIARE Instructor Training Course (ITC) is a five-day course that trains aspiring instructors to teach AIARE Awareness, Avalanche Rescue, AIARE 1, and AIARE 2 courses. Participants will learn how to use their backcountry and avalanche experience along with their operational risk management skills to meet the learning outcomes of the AIARE curriculum. AIARE Instructors work under the supervision of an AIARE Course Leader.
Participants will receive feedback on their instructional skills and risk management in an educational context. Individuals who successfully complete the course and meet AIARE Instructor qualifications will be able to apply for AIARE Instructor status.
The AIARE Instructor Training Course (ITC) equips experienced backcountry travelers who also have entry level training as an avalanche professional (PRO 1) to teach the AIARE curriculum. To ensure the course can focus on curricular and instructional training, AIARE requires that potential instructors have familiarity with current AIARE-specific curriculum and tools, and not just general recreational avalanche training.
AIARE ITC Course Prerequisites:
- 5 seasons of winter backcountry experience involving leadership and decision making in avalanche terrain
- Recent (within 4 years) attendance or observation of an AIARE 1, 2, and Avalanche Rescue course
- PRO 1 certificate
Participants who successfully complete the AIARE ITC and join or maintain professional or affiliate membership with the American Avalanche Association (A3), will be able to apply for AIARE Instructor status.
For more detailed information about requirements, see the AIARE Instructor Qualifications document.
Instructor Training Course dates are typically announced in early fall. To be notified when the 2019-2020 season’s courses will open for registration, fill out this form.
You can find directions for course registration under the “Application” tab.
In order to register for an Instructor Training Course, you will be required to submit an application providing information about the required course prerequisites, as well as some basic current medical and personal information at the time of registration and payment. Full payment is due at the time of application.
To apply for an ITC you will need to provide the following in digital format:
- A resume detailing 5 seasons of backcountry experience involving leadership and decision making in avalanche terrain. You can use this document to detail your experience.
- Be able to show that you have had recent attendance (within four years) on an AIARE 1, 2, and Avalanche Rescue. Our database system will check this when you login to register. Check that your profile is up to date by logging into the AIARE website and checking “My Courses.”
- Your Pro 1 or Bridge certificate. If you took your course from AIARE, 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.
- A completed and signed medical form. Download the PDF to your computer, fill it out, save it, and include it in your application email.
- In addition, on the first day of your course you will be asked to sign this acknowledgement of risk document.
After signing up for the course online, you will need to email the supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your full name and the course you are registering for in the subject line.
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your course registration for any reason within 40 days of the start date of the course, there is no refund. 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 being accepted into the course. 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 Training 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.