Introduction to Avalanche Operations - Online Course


    The Introduction to Avalanche Operations online course is the first stage of the Canadian Avalanche Association's Training Programs. This online course is a prerequisite for the Avalanche Operations Level 1. It's also available to anyone interested in learning more about avalanche safety in a professional context.


    As a prerequisite to professional-level training, this course will provide a foundation for further learning across a variety of topics, including mountain weather, the mountain snowpack, and avalanche terrain fundamentals. This course is designed to provide each student with a broad understanding of some of the important subjects tackled in the Avalanche Operations Level 1 course.       

    What to Expect

    This course is self-directed and comprises 12 units, all of which are available in French and English. Students will move through the course at their own pace but can expect to take approximately 25 hours to successfully complete it. Online forums are provided at each unit, where students can discuss questions or topics with each other.


    The 12 units are:
    1. History of Avalanches in Canada
    2. Avalanche Risk management Framework
    3. Mountain Weather Fundamentals
    4. Mountain Snowpack Fundamentals
    5. Avalanche Formation and Characteristics
    6. Avalanche Terrain Fundamentals
    7. Avalanche Occurrence Observations and Recording
    8. Snow Profile Observations
    9. Communicating Hazard and Risk
    10. Human Behaviour and Situational Awareness
    11. Risk Mitigation and Mountain Travel
    12. Professional Avalanche Rescue


    There are short quizzes at the end of each unit. You must get 100% in each quiz in order to pass this course but you may attempt each quiz as many times as you need in order to achieve this.


    Once you have received a passing grade, you will receive a digital certificate of completion. IMPORTANT: If you intend to register for the Avalanche Operations Level 1 course, you will need to have completed this course PRIOR to registering for the Avalanche Operations Level 1. Please ensure you SAVE a copy of your Introduction to Avalanche Operations certificate, as it will need to be submitted with your Level 1 registration. 


    Course Fees

    The following are 2020-21 course fees:


    Introduction to Avalanche Operations: $90.00

    Full payment is due at time of registration.

    Registration Process

    The Introduction to Avalanche Operations online course will be available for students to register between August 4th, 2020 and March 31st, 2021.


    1. Start your registration process by clicking the red 'Register Now' button below to access the course on our calendar. You will be prompted to create a user account and password.
    2. Once full payment has been received, you will be sent a confirmation email with this link (, which gives you access to our online learning platform.







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