Avalanche Incident Management
The CAA Avalanche Incident Management (AIM) course brings together best practices in the management of avalanche incidents. This course is intended for avalanche professionals moving into a program management position responsible for overseeing operational avalanche responses (e.g. Operations manager at a mechanized ski operation, Lead Forecaster at a ski resort). This course is also intended for Search and Rescue Managers in command of an avalanche search and rescue response.


Students will be introduced to the jurisdictional framework, stakeholders, and relationships within the Canadian search and rescue system as they pertain to avalanche search and rescue. Students will develop appropriate agency or operation-specific pre-plans to prepare for, manage, and recover from avalanche search and rescue incidents. 
The majority of this two-day course will take place in a classroom setting, starting at 8:00 and ending at approximately 17:00. Visit the course calendar for course dates, locations, location-specific logistics information, and registration.

Program Goals

The Avalanche Incident Management course goals and objectives are displayed in the Avalanche Incident Management 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 prove 1 at time of registration:

  • Incident Command System 100 (ICS 100) minimum (e.g. free course - Alberta Emergency Management Agency ICS-100 or U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency ICS-100); ICS 200 recommended
  • Basic understanding of avalanche terrain and phenomena (e.g. Avalanche Skills Training Level 1, Organized Avalanche Rescue or equivalent training or experience) 2
  • Currently performing as Command staff within the organizations ICS structure
  • Be 19 years of age or older.

See application/registration process for details. 


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. Please see the details of this option on the PLA Application webpage.


Registration Process

If you have met the prerequisites listed above then you may register online for the course (if available). Visit the course calendar for course dates, locations, location-specific logistics information, and registration.


Please note that full payment for the Avalanche Incident Management course will be taken at time of registration and 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.

  • Proof of 19 years of age or older. Example: a copy of your driver's license.
  • Proof of ICS-100 (certificate)

Course Fees and Funding Opportunities

The following are 2020-21 course fees and locations and are subject to change due to Covid.


Canmore, AB: $ 603.00


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


Full payment is due at time of registration.



The Avalanche Canada Foundation offers yearly scholarships for students for a variety of courses. There is also an Alberta job grant. 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 logistics information as well as the student manual. Alternatively you can click on the course title in the course calendar to view logistics details.


Students are to bring a copy of their operation's Avalanche Rescue Plan.

Course Evaluation

Course evaluation is based on the development of a written reflection containing responses pertaining to Avalanche Response Plan components specific to your operation. The development of this written reflection takes place in the weeks following the classroom portion of the course. An overall mark of 71% or greater is needed to pass. A passing grade results in the CAA Avalanche Incident Management certificate of completion being granted to the student.







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