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AvSAR Practical Skills Assessment and Level 2 Module 2 Update

June 6, 2017  
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AvSAR Practical Skills Assessment and Level 2 Module 2 Update

Attention: Industry Training Program students taking

-   Avalanche Search and Rescue

-   Avalanche Operations Level 2

 

Intent of the AvSAR Practical Skills Assessment

The Practical Skills Assessment is offered as a separate assessment component to the AvSAR course. It is NOT a requirement for students who do not intend to pursue the Avalanche Operations Level 2 course. The assessment is offered separately so that students have a chance to practise the technical skills and strategies that they learn on the AvSAR course before being assessed on them (primarily the alternate search strategies for multiple burials in close + very close proximity, and for deep burials).

 

Timing of the AvSAR Practical Skills Assessment

This season we had the Practical Skills Assessment as part of the Level 2 Module 2, mainly to avoid students having to attend another course/assessment in another location. However, student and instructor feedback indicated that this was not conducive to a positive Module 2 learning environment. Students stated that they prepared mainly for the Skills Assessment rather than the Module 2.

 

This Spring we offered an optional Practical Skills Assessment at the end of an AvSAR course and separate from the Level 2 Module 2. We will continue to do this moving forward however, we do NOT recommend that AvSAR students take the Practical Skills Assessment immediately after the course unless they have an extensive background and training in alternate search strategies and transceiver technology.

 

Changes for Next Season

Looking ahead to next season, in order for those in the Level 2 program not to be greatly inconvenienced with the change in Module 2, we will be offering a Practical Skills Assessment before each Module 2.

 

How It All Works: Take Note

It has been asked what will happen if a student who is registered for the AvSAR Practical Skills Assessment, Level 2 Modules 2 and 3, should fail the AvSAR Practical Skills Assessment. This person can continue to complete the Level 2 Modules. However, even if they are successful in the Level 2 Module 3, they will not receive a Level 2 course certificate until they successfully complete the Practical Skills Assessment.

 

Any questions or concerns relating to any of the above can be directed to Emily Grady, Industry Training Program Manager, egrady@avalancheassociation.ca 250-837-2435 ext. 224.


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