Since 2009, the average financial margin for the CAA's Industry Training Program (ITP) has been approximately 3%. The CAA’s Board of Directors has been concerned with these margins and has tasked staff with ensuring that we retain enough earnings from the ITP to reinvest in curricula going forward.
Tuition fees are scrutinized on an annual basis. They are a tight balance between delivering quality courses using instructors from a variety of avalanche sectors and keeping courses affordable to future and current avalanche workers. One of the biggest issues is estimating yearly tuition due to the significant variability in running courses in a variety of places. Each location has its own set of associated costs, such as accommodations, travel time for instructors to get there, and food expenses.
Until now, tuition costs have been standard across the board (e.g., all Avalanche Operations Level 1 courses cost the same, regardless of location). As a result, students attending a course based in Revelstoke or Golden are subsidizing courses in more expensive locations such as Lake Louise or Whistler. In order to address that variability and to meet the objectives set out by the Board, course costs have been determined based on course location. Course registrants will now see a breakdown of their course costs as follows:
•Helicopter/snowcat (refundable if not used during the course)
In addition to these changes:
•The Avalanche Operations Level 2 Module 2 has an additional two days added to account for the Avalanche Search and Rescue (AvSAR) Practical Skills assessment and the prep day required to set up the AvSAR scenarios
•The Introduction to Weather has an additional ½ day of preparation for instructors to account for the actual time taken to prepare for the course.