Level 3 Application Information
Share |

Avalanche Operations Level 3 Application Information

 

The CAA's Avalanche Operations Level 3 (Applied Avalanche Risk Management) program is designed to teach students general concepts of risk that will help them create a risk management framework for use in practical applications in snow avalanche risk management and operations. This framework is based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 31000 standard and includes establishing context, communication and consultation strategies, techniques for monitoring and review, assessing risk (risk identification, risk analysis, risk evaluation), and risk treatment.

 

Level 3 Program Prerequisites:

  • CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2 certification or similar training and experience.1
  • CAA Introduction to Weather or similar training and experience.1&2
  • Minimum 3 seasons of employment/experience in avalanche work after completion of the CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2 course.3
  • Minimum of 2 seasons as an avalanche technician working under the supervision of an avalanche forecaster.
  • A minimum of two letters of reference from CAA Professional Members4. The Level 3 CAA Professional Member Reference Form is found in the Members Only section of the CAA website (you will not be able to access this page without being a Professional Member but you can send the right-click on the red text to copy and send this link to your references). 

1 If you are missing these prerequisites but believe that you have similar training and/or experience, you may apply for prior learning in order to have the prerequisite waived. Please visit the Prior Learning Assessment(PLA) Application webpage for details. Students can concurrently apply to the Avalanche Operations Level 3 program while a PLA application is under review. Please see the details of this option on the PLA Application webpage.

 

2 For those who wish to apply to the Avalanche Operations Level 3 program but have yet to take this prerequisite, they must submit a Letter of Intent indicating that they will provide proof of completion prior to the start of the Level 3 course.

 

3 For non-level 2 graduates (PLA applicants): 5 seasons of employment/experience required at a minimum prior to Level 3 application. For all applicants: 1 season = 50 days.

 

4 Students, particularly international students, who do not have an affiliation with a CAA Professional Member may provide references from: their current avalanche industry employer or supervisor, their mentor, a fellow industry professional, and/or a Level 3 graduate who is familiar with the candidate’s avalanche resume. Please send them the Non-CAA Professional Member Level 3 Reference Form.

 

Recommended Prerequisites:

  • CAA Introduction to Snow Avalanche Mapping (SAM) certificate or equivalent.
  • CAA Advanced Weather certificate or equivalent.
  • CAA Professional Member in good standing.

Other Considerations:

  • Attendance at CAA Annual General Meeting and technical meetings.
  • Attendance at International Snow Science Workshop.
  • Academic degree in related field (i.e. engineering, meteorology, etc.)
  • Related certifications:
    • ACMG Ski Guide/ UIAGM Guide/ CSGA 3 guide
    • ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide/ CSGA Level 1 or 2 Guide.
  • Additional years of professional experience

International Students

International students may need to complete one or more Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) application(s) to meet all of the Level 3 prerequisites if they have not attended CAA courses. Please make sure to complete one PLA application for EACH of the required courses you are missing. Contact your local avalanche center as some have already created PLA assessments for their courses that you can use in your PLA application.

 

All Level 3 students must be familiar with the CAA Observation Guidelines and Recording Standards (OGRS). If you are unfamiliar with this publication please review the digital copy found on our Guidelines and Standards webpage.

 

There is an extra $100 fee to mail course materials to students with addresses outside of Canada.


Level 3 Application Steps:

Step 1 – Before you begin your online application

Please make sure you have all of the required documents ready to upload before starting the online application.

If you begin the online application process and close the web browser, or time-out, before completing the full application, your work will not be saved.

 

These documents include:

1.      Cover Letter

Please include a one page cover letter introducing yourself and outlining your current and future aspirations in the avalanche industry.

 

2.      Professional Resume

Please include a 2-3 page professional resume outlining your educational background and work history, particularly with regard to the above prerequisites.

 

3.      Certificates

Please include a digital copy of all pertinent certificates (or Letter of Intent see point 2 above) such as the CAA Level 2, and Introduction to Weather courses. These can be scans or photos. PLA applicants see point 4 below.

Note: A $45 fee will be charged if you require the CAA to search through its records for a certificate copy. This must be done before starting the online application process.


4.      Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) (if applicable)

If you have experience, on the job training, or have completed non-CAA courses that meet the goals and objectives of a Level 3 course prerequisite you can apply for a PLA. Complete PLA application information can be found here. When completing your online Level 3 application upload a Word document stating you have applied for a PLA for that prerequisite. Students can concurrently apply to the Avalanche Operations Level 3 program while a PLA application is under review. Please see the details of this option on the PLA Application webpage.


5.      References

Please contact two CAA Professional Members for letters of reference using the Operations Level 3 CAA Professional Member Reference Form.  Students who do not have an affiliation with a CAA Professional Member may provide references from: their current avalanche industry employer or supervisor, their mentor, a fellow industry professional, and/or a Level 3 graduate who is familiar with the candidate’s avalanche resume. These sources should use the Operations Level 3 Non-CAA Professional Member Reference Form.

 

Step 2 - Online Application Submission

To apply for the Level 3 program all applicants need to complete the online application process. The link to the online application can be found at the bottom of this page. Once completed, applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail if their online application has been successfully submitted. If you do not receive this e-mail please contact the CAA office.

 

Step 3 – Application Review/Registration Process

Application Review

All applications are processed on a first-come first-served basis. Your application is reviewed for completeness once received. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete before submitting it; incomplete applications will be returned. Complete applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible, we aim for a 2 week turn around but this is not always possible.

Applicants will be contacted with the results via e-mail. Unsuccessful applications will be given details in order to achieve a successful application in the future.

 

Registration process

The Level 3 program is now being offered every other season beginning with Fall 2017. Accepted applicants can choose to register for the first course offered or defer until a second course is offered in another season. If the second course spot is not taken then a person must reapply/update their Level 3 application.

Two separate registrations take place for the Level 3 program; one for the fall classroom portion of the course and one for the spring exam portion of the program. Separate fees are charged for these registrations.

 

Tuition & Funding

Full payment will be processed at time of registration. Tuition details can be located online on the Level 3 webpage. The Avalanche Canada Foundation yearly offers scholarships for students. Local clubs and employers can also offer funding and are worth exploring.

 

Course Materials & Venue Information

Upon registration, all students will receive a confirmation e-mail which contains a link to their course logistic letter. Make sure to read this letter.

Course materials will be sent to the mailing address in the registration process.

 

If you begin the online application process and close the web browser, or time-out, before completing the full application, your work will not be saved.

 

Begin the online Level 3 Application Form

 
Box 2759, 110 MacKenzie Ave
Revelstoke, BC Canada, V0E 2S0
Find us
Tel 250-837-2435
Fax 866-366-2094
Contact us
Membership Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal