The AIARE Instructor Training Course (ITC) is a five-day course that trains aspiring instructors to teach Awareness, Avalanche Rescue, AIARE 1, and AIARE 2 courses. ITC Participants learn how to work with a team under the indirect supervision of an AIARE Course Leader to ensure students meet the learning outcomes of AIARE’s Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain Program.
Participants will receive feedback on their instructional skills and risk management in an educational context. This course description and sample itinerary can help give an idea of what typically happens on a course. Individuals who successfully complete the course and meet AIARE Instructor qualifications will be able to apply for AIARE Instructor status.
The AIARE ITC equips experienced backcountry travelers who also have entry level training as an avalanche professional (a PRO 1 certificate) 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 (2017-18 season or after) attendance on or observation of an AIARE 1, 2, and Avalanche Rescue course
- PRO 1 certificate from an A3 Pro Course Provider
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 (including having met all the AIARE course observation prerequisites) will be accepted.
To apply for the Instructor Training Course be sure you have the following:
- A completed resume form that details 5 seasons of backcountry experience involving leadership and decision making in avalanche terrain.
- Be able to show that you have had recent attendance (within four years) on an AIARE 1, 2, and Avalanche Rescue course. 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 when you apply.
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.
No refunds are issued 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.