Avalanche Control Blasting

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 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.


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 WorkSafeBC. See below for further information.

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


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

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:

1For those with similar training and experience, you must 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.


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 or JPEG of the following documents during your registration process. Without them you will be unable to complete your registration. You need to upload:

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**** 


Revelstoke: $465 

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 registration 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 warren.fulton@worksafebc.com

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.

Box 2759, 110 MacKenzie Ave
Revelstoke, BC Canada, V0E 2S0
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