This advanced course is the second of two courses that focuses on fundamental weather theory essential to understanding basic forecasts and internet based weather resources. Taught by leading forecasters in Canada, this course is designed for anyone interested in knowing more about weather and its interaction in mountainous regions.
Students will be introduced to the more advanced principles and tools of mountain meteorology, including the use of numerical weather prediction models. Through several group studies, students gain an appreciation of how meteorological parameters influence snowpack stability and how changes in those parameters can be seen days in advance.
The majority of this three day course will take place in a classroom starting at 8:00 and ending at approximately 17:00 pm. Refer to the Sample Schedule
Visit the course calendar
for course dates, locations and registration.* Course dates and locations for the following year are uploaded in the spring. This course will only run if there is enough demand. We need to assess this demand 1 month prior to course start.
*Proof of prerequisites(see below) must be uploaded during the registration process and full course payment is taken.
For each course the Canadian Avalanche Association creates specific course goals and learning objectives. These reflect industry standards and current best practices and are updated accordingly. The Advanced Weather course goals and objectives are displayed in the Advanced Weather DACUM. If you are unfamiliar with DACUMs please read the document "Learn what a DACUM is and why it is important".
Applicants must have and prove1 at time of registration:
- CAA Introduction to Weather2 or similar training/experience.3
- CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1 or similar training/experience.3
- Be 19 years of age or older.
1 See application/registration process for details.
2 If you are registered for the Introduction to Weather course prior to the Advanced Weather course you will be required to upload a copy of your registration confirmation letter (sent via e-mail to you) during the registration process. As well you will need to bring a copy of your Introduction certificate to the Advanced course.
3 For those with training and experience similar to the prerequisite courses listed above, you can apply to waive a prerequisite using our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) application process. It will take two weeks to review a PLA application to waive a prerequisite.
- It is strongly recommended that students are actively working in avalanche safety operations.
Please check the course calendar for the online registration opening date, course location and course dates. Course dates and locations for the following year are uploaded in the spring. Note that full payment will be taken at the time of online registration. The registration deadline is 1 month prior to course start. This course will only run if there is enough demand. Full refunds will be given if the course is cancelled and course materials are returned.
You will be required to upload a scan or a JPEG of the following documents during your registration process. Without them you will be unable to complete your registration.
1 If you are registered for the Introduction to Weather course prior to the Advanced Weather course you will be required to upload a copy of your registration confirmation letter (sent via e-mail to you) during the registration process. As well you will need to bring a copy of your Introduction certificate to the Advanced course.
When a student has experience/training that meets the goals of a CAA course prerequisites they can apply to waive this prerequisite through the PLA process
. It will take 2 weeks to review a PLA application to waive a prerequisite.
Tuition and Funding Opportunities
****The following are 2016-17 tuition prices. Note that prices are now location-specific to reflect ACTUAL costs associated with course locations****
An additional $100 registration fee is applied to International Students to account for shipping costs.
The Avalanche Canada Foundation yearly offers scholarships for students. Many local employment centres and/or SAR groups can also help with local funding opportunities.
Course evaluation is a combination of exercises and written tests. Students receiving an overall mark of 71% or greater results in the CAA Advanced Weather certificate of completion being granted to the student.
Course Equipment and Materials
Students are required to bring a laptop computer and power cord to the course.
A student course manual will be sent to the mailing address you provide during course registration. Pre-course readings and questions take time and must be completed prior to starting the course. If you have not received your student manual one month prior to course start then please contact the CAA office.