|Avalanche Control Blasting|
This course is appropriate for new practitioners and for those requiring an update on current best practices. The blasting course covers industry-endorsed procedures for hand charge, cornice, helicopter, and avalauncher missions, and addresses federal and provincial government regulations governing explosives use in avalanche control.
Avalanche Control Blasting is a classroom-based course although we aim to have one site visit on the second day. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to this site visit. Classes will start at 8:00 and finish at 16:30, with some homework after the first day. A significant amount of pre-course reading is required before course start. Refer to the sample course schedule for details.
This course does not certify students. For more information on WorkSafeBC Blasting Certification, visit WorkSafeBC. See below for further information.
The CAA created an Avalanche Control Blasting instructional DVD. Check out one of the chapters below. Order your copy by calling 250-837-2435 ext. 258.
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 Avalanche Control Blasting course goals and objectives are displayed in the Avalanche Control Blasting 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 prove at time of registration:
1For those with similar training and experience, you can apply to waive this prerequisite using the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) application. You will also require a PLA reference to be sent in on your behalf: PLA CAA Professional Reference Form or CAA Non-CAA Professional Reference Form. A DACUM for the self-assessment can be found in Student Resources. Students can register for the Avalanche Control Blasting course while a PLA application is under review. Please see the details of this option on the PLA Application webpage.
If you have met the prerequisites listed above then you may register online for the course of your choice (if available). Course locations and dates are posted every spring for the following year. Online registration opens in the summer. Visit the course calendar for the exact registration opening dates.
Full payment will be taken at time of registration for the Avalanche Control Blasting course.
You will be required to upload a scan or JPEG of the following documents during your registration process. Without them you will be unable to complete your registration. You need to upload:
1 For those with similar training and experience, you can apply to waive this prerequisite using the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) application. PLA applications require a PLA reference to be sent in on your behalf: PLA CAA Professional Reference Form or CAA Non-CAA Professional Reference Form. A DACUM for the self-assessment can be found in Student Resources. Students can register for the Avalanche Control Blasting course while a PLA application is under review. Please see the details of this option on the PLA Application webpage. We aim to take 2 weeks to review a PLA application to waive a prerequisite but in busy times this may take longer
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****
Full tuition is due at time of registration.
The Avalanche Canada Foundation yearly offers scholarships for students for a variety of courses. There is also an Alberta job grant. Many local employment centres can also help with local funding opportunities.
Course Equipment and Materials
Upon registration all students will receive a confirmation e-mail that contains links to the course's logistical information. Alternatively you can click on the course's title in the course calendar to view logistical details.
Students will be mailed a program package1 that includes:
1 It is the student's responsibility to contact the CAA office if they have not received this package 1 month prior to course start. The package will be mailed to the address you provided during your online registration.
Pre-course readings take time, 15+ hours, and must be completed prior to starting the course. The student manual is very dry containing terms, procedures and policies. Students will find they can not read through it in one sitting.
The Blasting course is a classroom-based course, therefore students do not require any specialized outdoor equipment. There will be a venue specific equipment list, in your digital logistical letter you receive with registration, for what to bring to course. Make sure to read this list carefully and bring all mandatory items. Raincoat and outdoor shoes are recommended for the site visit. Students are required to bring a laptop computer to the course.
Use the sample course schedule to help anticipate daily needs.
There is a written evaluation component to the Blasting course. A passing mark of 71% must be obtained on the final exam to complete the course successfully. A passing grade results in the CAA Avalanche Control Blasting certificate of completion being granted to the student.
WCB Blasting Exam
This course does not certify students. For more information on WorkSafeBC Blasting Certification, visit the WorkSafeBC site.
There will be a WCB Blasting exam for class participants who meet the exam pre-requisites immediately following the CAA course. Participants must meet the prerequisites of six months experience, and six missions with 25 shots total per endorsement. A log book displaying experience or letters of competency from the employer/supervisor are required. Participants must also register for the exam by calling 604-276-3090.
The cost of the WCB blasting exam is $140 (may be subject to change). If you have further questions, please contact Warren Fulton firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuing Professional Development
The CAA's Avalanche Control Blasting course is an ideal choice for those avalanche professionals looking for CPD courses. This course is an up-to-date look at government regulations, policies, procedures, and current industry best practices that all avalanche workers will find valuable, regardless of experience.
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