CAA's Competency-based Membership


Starting July 8, 2020, all Active and Professional membership applicants are required to follow the CAA’s new competency-based membership application process. This change was made in consultation with CAA members. At this year’s AGM, CAA members voted in support of a special resolution allowing the board to set new membership requirements. The board signalled its intention to use this new authority to set out competency-based membership requirements as described in a brief to members. The board voted to endorse changes described in the brief during its meeting on June 16, 2020.


The transition to competency-based membership applications, formally called “entrance to practice requirements” in self-regulation terminology, is part of a long journey for the CAA. Completing this objective achieves another component of the CAA's "Goal 1: Professional Path," described in our strategic plan.



Effects on candidates applying for membership

New member Active and Professional applicants candidates are assessed against their applicable competency profile and proficiency scale using: 

  • Industry Training Program (ITP) courses;
  • CAA Introduction to Professionalism online course;
  • a workplace portfolio; and
  • the application process. 

The new application process requires more time and effort than the existing process. However, the process itself is a valuable learning tool that helps applicants better understand their own skills, why the competencies are required, and the role they play in their career.



Effects on existing members

Existing Active and Professional members will not face any new requirements at this time.


Over time revised requirements for continuing professional development (CPD) will change for all members. The intent is to establish a flow from the competency requirements for new members through to the CPD requirements (and offerings) for existing members. Members should monitor CAA communications for further details as they emerge.



Guidelines for Instruction in Avalanche Terrain (GIAT)

The CAA is in the process of developing CAA Guidelines for Instruction in Avalanche Terrain. These guidelines affect the execution of competencies while teaching individuals in avalanche terrain.  Members should monitor CAA communications for further details as they emerge.



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If you have any questions, please contact CAA membership services.



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