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 for details. A significant amount of pre-course reading will need to be completed before course start.
Visit the course calendar for course dates, locations and registration.* Course dates and locations for the following year are uploaded in the spring.
* Proof of Prerequisites(see below) must be uploaded during the registration process and full course payment is taken.
Note: This course will only run if there is enough demand. We need to assess this demand 1 month prior to course start.
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:
1 See application/registration process for details.
2 If you are registered for the Introduction to Weather course prior to the Advanced Weather course please fill in this Letter of Intent and submit it in the online registration process when it asks for the Introduction to Weather certificate. 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. We aim to take two weeks to review a PLA application to waive a prerequisite but in busy times this could take longer. Students can register for the Advanced Weather 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 in later spring for the exact registration opening dates.
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.
Full payment for the Advanced Weather course will be taken at time of registration.
You will be required to upload a scan or JPEG of the following document 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 Letter of Intent. As well you will need to bring a copy of your Introduction to Weather certificate to the Advanced course.
2 When a student has experience/training that meets the goals of a CAA course prerequisite they can apply to waive this prerequisite through the PLA process. We aim to take 2 weeks to review a PLA application to waive a prerequisite but in busy times this may take longer. Students can register for the Advanced Weather course while a PLA application is under review. Please see the details of this option on the PLA Application webpage.
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 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 and questions take time, 20+ hours, and must be completed prior to starting the course.
Advanced Weather is a classroom based course. There will be a venue specific equipment list, in your digital logistical letter you receive with registration, for what to bring to course. Students are required to bring a laptop computer to the course.
Use the sample course schedule to help anticipate daily needs.
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.
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