Avalanche Search and Rescue Practical Skills Assessment

 

The Avalanche Search and Rescue Practical Skills Assessment (AvSAR PSA) is a one-day examination of the participant's technical avalanche search and rescue skills which are taught and practiced on the 3-day Avalanche Search and Rescue Advanced Skills course. The AvSAR PSA is optional for those not pursuing the Avalanche Operations Level 2 program and is a requirement for those applying to the Level 2 program.

 

The AvSAR PSA is offered on the day following each AvSAR Advanced Skills course, HOWEVER, it is recommended that students take this assessment at a later date in order to have sufficient time to practice and master the techniques and strategies learned during the AvSAR Advanced Skills course. Students are welcome to register for the AvSAR PSA directly following their AvSAR Advanced Skills program if they feel confident in their skills as described in the Practical Skills Assessment guidelines document (see more under the Course Evaluation tab below). 

 

Visit the course calendar for assessment dates, locations, location-specific logistics details, and registration.

Prerequisites

Applicants must have and prove at time of registration:

* For those who have not yet completed this course you can submit a Letter of Intent during registration.

 

1 Applicants wishing to waive a prerequisite due to similar training and experience can apply to waive the prerequisite using the Prior Learning Assessment application. Please see the details of this option on the PLA Application webpage

 

Registration Process

Registration for the AvSAR PSA is separate from the AvSAR Advanced Skills course. If you have met the prerequisites listed above then you may register online for the AvSAR PSA of your choice (if available). Visit the course calendar for assessment dates, locations, location-specific logistics information, and registration.

  

Full payment for the assessment 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.

* For those who have not yet completed this course you can submit a Letter of Intent during registration.

 

1 Applicants wishing to waive a prerequisite due to similar training and experience can apply to waive the prerequisite using the Prior Learning Assessment application. Please see the details of this option on the PLA Application webpage.

Course Fees and Funding Opportunities

****The following are 2018-19 AvSAR Practical Skills Assessment fees****  

  

All locations: $205 (includes lift access)

 

Full payment for the assessment is due at time of registration.

 

Grants/Scholarships:

The Avalanche Canada Foundation yearly offers scholarships for students for a variety of courses. There is also an Alberta job grant and a Golden Area scholarship. Many local employment centres and/or SAR groups can also help with local funding opportunities.

Course Equipment and Materials

Upon registration for the AvSAR PSA, all students will receive a confirmation e-mail that contains links to the assessment's logistics information. Alternatively you can click on the assessment's title in the course calendar to view logistics details.

 

A link to the required equipment list is provided in the registration confirmation email. Students are also provided with assessment guidelines and resources to help prepare for the skills that will need to demonstrated.

Course Evaluation

The AvSAR PSA is a mandatory prerequisite for the CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2 program and must be successfully completed before applying to the Level 2 program. For those students not pursuing the Level 2 program, the AvSAR PSA is optional.

 

The AvSAR Practical Skills Assessment is a one-day examination where technical skills are assessed. Exam scenarios and their associated marking schemes are introduced during the AvSAR Advanced Skills course and are described in the Practical Skills Assessment guidelines document. An AvSAR PSA Student Resource document will help students prepare for the assessment. 

 

Students must obtain a minimum of “Fully Satisfactory” in two out of four categories to pass. There can be no “Does Not Meet Requirements” in any category in order to pass. Students will receive an AvSAR Practical Skills certificate upon successful completion of the exam.

 

 


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