Resource and Transportation Avalanche Management

  
This five-day course is designed to provide avalanche training to workers who are required to assist in the recognition and evaluation of risks associated with work in avalanche terrain. Students may enroll to meet their workplace requirements (e.g., field technicians, foresters, equipment operators) or because they are involved in managing the duties of others (road superintendants, managers and so on). Workers from any industry where workers are exposed to avalanche terrain will benefit from taking this course. Among others, participants have come from the transport maintenance, mining, transmission line, forestry and highway construction sectors.

 

This course will provide an improved understanding of the avalanche phenomenon, which will enable better strategic decisions. It will help facilitate enhanced communication between avalanche professionals and members of a workforce. Students will be able to help monitor changing weather and snowpack conditions and make accurate avalanche observations. For workers who are based in relatively low-risk environments, a qualified professional may recommend workers take the RTAM course to facilitate work under remote supervision. For others, taking the course may form a component of an overall avalanche risk reduction strategy.

Please refer to the sample schedule for an example of an average day. Students do not need to be proficient backcountry enthusiasts to partake in the field portions but should have a strong basic level of fitness. A significant amount of pre-course reading is required 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 posted in the Spring. Course registrations open in September. For 2017 online registration will open September 5.

* 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.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation on the course.

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 Resource and Transportation Avalanche Management course goals and objectives are displayed in the RTAM DACUM. If you are unfamiliar with DACUMs please read the document "Learn what a DACUM is and why it is important".

 

The RTAM course is a professional-level course. However, by itself, it does not qualify the student to make operational decisions regarding avalanche risk or carry out duties such as active avalanche control. In most cases, industrial companies and contractors will still need to engage the services of a qualified avalanche professional or other qualified registered professional to assess their level of avalanche risk and determine appropriate mitigation requirements.

Prerequisites

Applicants must have and prove at time of registration:

  • Be 19 years of age or older.

Recommended Courses:

Application/Registration Process

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 beginning of September. Visit the course calendar over the summer for the exact registration opening dates. For 2017 online registration will open September 5.

 

Full payment for the RTAM 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.

  • Proof of 19 years of age or older. Example: A copy of your Driver's License.

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****  

 

Nelson: to be determined

 

An additional $100 registration fee is applied to international students to account for shipping costs.

 

Full tuition is due at time of registration.

 

Grants/Scholarships:

Most students for the RTAM courses are funded through their employment. If this is not your case then many local employment centres and/or SAR groups can also help with local funding opportunities. The Avalanche Canada Foundation yearly offers scholarships for a variety of reasons. There is also an Alberta job grant.

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:

  • An RTAM Student Manual.
  • An Observation Guidelines and Recording Standards for Weather, Snowpack and Avalanches (OGRS).
  • The Avalanche Handbook

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. Students will also need to be prepared for their companion rescue exam (see student manual).

 

The RTAM course is a mixture of classroom and field based learning. Students will alternate between inside and outside daily. Please refer to the sample course equipment as a general guideline. There will be a venue specific equipment list, in your digital logistical letter you receive with registration, for what to bring to course. Make sure to read this list carefully and bring all mandatory items. 

Days on the RTAM course can be long and it is the student's responsibility to take care of their personal needs. This can include classroom snacks, proper clothing and ensuring they are well rested ready to learn.

 

Use the sample course schedule to help anticipate daily needs.

Course Evaluation

Participants are evaluated by practical and written tests on weather, snowpack and avalanche observations and techniques, knowledge of avalanche terrain, the formation of avalanches, avalanche rescue, and record keeping. Evaluation is done throughout the course and students are given the opportunity to learn and ask questions prior to being examined. A minimum mark of 71% is required to pass. A passing grade results in the CAA Avalanche Resource and Transportation Avalanche Management certificate of completion being granted to the student.

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