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.
Look at the course calendar
for course dates, locations and registration. Registration opens in early September. Note: This course will only run if there is enough demand. We need to assess this demand 1 month prior to course start.
****The 2016-17 course will take place in Nelson Jan 16-20 2017. ****
Level of Certification
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.
This course will give the students an improved understanding of the avalanche phenomenon, which will allow better strategic decision. It will help facilitate enhanced communication between avalanche professionals and members of your workforce. Students will be able to help monitor changing weather and snowpack conditions and make accurate avalanche observations. For some workers working in relatively low risk environments, a qualified professional may recommend workers take this course to facilitate work under remote supervision. For others, taking the course may form a component of an overall avalanche risk reduction strategy.
Advancement of Skills
The RTAM course may be taken in conjunction with the RTAM Operations Level 1 Field Module, for students who wish to further advance technical aspects of their avalanche knowledge. The RTAM Field Module provides instruction on more advanced field, travel and rescue skills. Students who successfully graduate from the RTAM and the RTAM Operations Level 1 Field Module are granted equivalency for the Avalanche Operations Level 1 course, which is the industry-recognized entry level standard for avalanche professionals, as well as a pre-requisite for higher level professional avalanche courses such as Avalanche Operations Level 2.
Visit the course calendar
for course/exam dates, locations and registration*.
Registration for the 2015/16 course will be open September 10th, 2015.
*You will be required to upload a scan of the following document during your registration process. Without it you will be unable to complete your registration. A scan can be a legible digital photo of the required document. A scan is needed of:
- Proof of 19 years of age or older. Example: A copy of your Driver's License.
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
- Be fully equipped and familiar with the required equipment. Refer to the sample equipment list. This includes the use of avalanche transceivers.
- Be 19 years of age or older.
Tuition Costs 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.
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 are also evaluated. A minimum mark of 71% is required to pass.
Course Equipment and Materials
Refer to the sample course equipment for student equipment needs. Following registration, the student manual will be mailed out. Students are required to become familiar with the manual and its content prior to the start of the course. In addition, there are a number of beneficial recommended pre-readings.