Avalanche Control Blasting
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This two-day course provides essential training in the safe application of explosives in avalanche control. With the generous assistance of WorkSafeBC, the CAA has brought together leading explosives and avalanche industry experts to design this course specific to avalanche control.

This 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.


The course will generally take place in a classroom although there will be 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. Refer to the sample schedule for details.


This course does not certify students. For more information on WorkSafeBC Blasting Certification, visit the WorkSafeBC site. See below for further information.

Please visit the course calendar for course dates, locations and registration. Registration opens in  September.

****2016-17 schedule will be online in May 2016****


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.

Avalanche Control Blasting Instructional DVD from Canadian Avalanche Association on Vimeo.

Program Goals

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Explain the role of explosives in avalanche control;
  • Describe explosives and how to assemble them;
  • Describe regulations governing the use of explosives;
  • Describe requirements for storing explosives;
  • Describe procedures for explosive deployment;
  • Describe recording procedures;
  • Describe procedures for disposing of explosives.


Applicants must:

  • Have CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1 certificate or similar training/experience*;
  • Be 19 years of age or older. 

*For those with similar training and experience, you must apply for exemption using the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) form; this form may be submitted during the application process. You will also require a PLA reference to be sent in on your behalf. A Dacum for the self-assessment can be found in Student Resources.


Application/Registration Process

Online registration opens in the summer. Note that full payment will be taken at time of registration.

You will be required to upload a scan of the following documents during your registration process. Without them you will be unable to complete your registration. A scan can be a legible digital photo of the required document. A scan is needed of:

  • Proof of 19 years of age or older. Example: A copy of your Driver's License.
  • CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1 certificate or an approved Prior Learning Assessment; application for exemption. You will also require a PLA reference to be sent in on your behalf. A Dacum for the self-assessment can be found in Student Resources.


Tuition price is $465 per student.

Course Evaluation

There is an evaluation component to the course. A passing mark of 71% must be obtained on the final exam to complete the course successfully.

Course Equipment and Materials

This is a classroom-based course, therefore students do not require any specialized outdoor equipment. Raincoat and outdoor shoes are recommended for the site visit. Students are required to bring a laptop computer to the course. Upon registered participants will receive a confirmation e-mail . This e-mail will contain a link to the course logistical information. Course materials, including a student manual, will be given out at course start.

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 by email

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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Revelstoke, BC Canada, V0E 2S0
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