Pro 2 Avalanche Course
This is the capstone course for Avalanche Professionals in the United States. You will learn how to supervise a team in avalanche terrain. This course drills down into the fundamentals of understanding and managing the avalanche hazard. Students learn to supervise and lead teams through avalanche terrain, travel through terrain and learn how to analyze snow, avalanche and weather phenomena to the US Industry standard. This is a rigorous, challenging and rewarding experience.
Upon successful completion of the course and a written test and field tests students are awarded certification recognized by the American Avalanche Association. The course is recognized by the American Mountain Guides Association. The course is 6 days in length and follows a webinar and field format.
Student Requirements for Enrollment (1 – 3 all required):
1) Course applicants have completed the following A3-recognized courses prior to enrollment:
a) Pro 1 Certificate Applicants who believe they have the educational equivalent of the above-listed prerequisites can apply to the the Pro Course Provider of their choice for a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) review. Course enrollment in these situations is at the discretion of the Pro Course Provider.
2) Work Experience
a) A minimum of 40 days of operational avalanche experience over two winter seasons, and
b) Letter of recommendation from a supervisor (A3 Pro Member recommended) verifying:
▪ 40 days minimum work experience over two operating seasons (note, this can be in the same year if the worker has worked in both the northern and southern hemispheres). This includes participation as a team member, attending daily ops meetings, and participation in operational activities that requires avalanche risk management.
▪ Avalanche rescue (companion) practices with team leader responsibility. The applicant has participated in multi-team organized avalanche rescue exercise(s).
▪ The applicant is able to complete the tasks required of a route leader or ski guide or avalanche forecaster.
3) Submit examples of the following professional documentation:
a) two profiles, two operational meeting forms, two pages from two days of field observations
- Student Manual and Workbook
- Technical Aspects of Snow and Avalanche Risk Management
- Field Book