Level 2 Application Information
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Avalanche Operations Level 2 Application Information

 

 

**Level 2 Applications are accepted between September 1st and April 30th for the following winter season**.

 The Level 2 Application process involves several steps - please review each step in the drop-down menus below. 

Note that your application will take time to prepare - be sure to give yourself plenty of time to collect and prepare all of the required items below before starting the online application form.

Step 1 - Review Level 2 Prerequisites

Applicants must have and prove at time of applying to the Level 2 program:

  1. CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1 certificate or similar training/experience 1.
  2. CAA Introduction to Weather or similar training and experience 1.
  3. CAA Avalanche Search & Rescue Advanced Skills (formerly called Avalanche Search and Rescue Response) or similar training and experience 1
  4. CAA Avalanche Search & Rescue - Practical Skills Assessment or similar training and experience 1
  5. Thorough working knowledge of the CAA Observation Guidelines & Recording Standards (OGRS 2016), including a minimum of 50 recorded weather observations (study plot, field, and/or telemetry); 30 recorded snow profiles (test and full profiles); 30 avalanche occurrence observations
  6. 100 days minimum of work experience over two operating seasons in weather, snowpack & avalanche occurrence observations & analysis. This includes participation as a team member, attending daily operations meetings and participation in operational activities that require avalanche risk management.
  7. Advanced backcountry skiing, boarding, or snowmobiling skills AND good fitness 2.
  8. A minimum of two letters of reference from CAA Professional Members 3.
  9. Completed all of the steps outlined on this page.

1 If you are missing these prerequisites but believe you have similar training and/or experience, you may apply for prior learning in order to have the prerequisite waived. Please visit the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) application webpage for details. (Note: ACMG Guides are not automatically exempt from the Module 2. They must apply for Prior Learning Assessment for equivalency to the Module 2).

 

2 Students will have the travel skills, equipment, and navigational knowledge to safely and efficiently travel on snow in the backcountry in winter months. Students should expect strenuous activities, e.g. using skins to break trail for several hours at a time with track climbs of up to 700m (2100') vertical, and carrying a pack with food, rescue equipment and winter clothing. Students are required to be proficient at downhill travel over snow in all winter conditions. Students will be required to efficiently dig snow profiles up to 1.5m deep. instructors expect students have the winter clothing to maintain warmth when  standing in the snow for up to a 2-hour duration.

 

3 Students, particularly international students, who do not have an affiliation with a CAA Professional Member may provide references from: their current avalanche industry employer or supervisor, their mentor, a fellow industry professional, and/or a Level 2 graduate who is familiar with the candidate’s avalanche resume. Links to reference forms can be found under the References tab below.

Step 2 - Review Questions and Prepare Responses

Applicants should review the CAA's Career Development Guidelines for Level 1 Graduates document for further information on professional development, as well as a minimum requirements list needed to apply to the Level 2 program. Specifically, we will be looking at details regarding items 5, 6, and 7, as listed under the Prerequisites tab above. 

 

Applicants will be asked to respond to the questions listed below on the online application form. We recommend that you prepare and save your responses to the following questions in a Word document, then copy and paste your responses from that document into the online application form fields once you begin the process.
  1. Based on the prerequisite (#5) listed above, indicate how many of each observation you have accomplished during your employment so far. Include a comment on your familiarization with the CAA's OGRS. 
  2. a) Based on the prerequisite (#6) listed above, describe how and where you have obtained your 100 days of work experience by specifying: the operation(s), the number of days per season worked at that operation (include winter season year), and what your specific avalanche-related job duties were (Example: Operation Name, your position. 35 days 2015/16, 46 days 2016/17, 54 days winter 2017/18. Daily duties: field weather and avalanche occurrence observations, AM/PM operational meetings. Weekly duties: study plot weather observations, test profile, avalanche control route. Monthly duties: full profile)
    b) In addition, list any pertinent training and certificates you currently have that are related to your job(s). 
  3. Based on the prerequisite (#7) listed above, describe your current level of backcountry travel skills, fitness, and experience. Briefly summarize the objectives you have accomplished over the past two winter seasons

     

Step 3 - Prepare Required Documents

Make sure you have all of the following documents ready to upload before you begin the online application form:

 

1. Cover Letter

A one-page cover letter introducing yourself and outlining your current and future aspirations in the avalanche industry.

 

2. Professional Resume

A two to three-page professional resume outlining your educational background and work history (avalanche-related and otherwise). Refer to the Career Development Guidelines for Level 1 Graduates document for guidance on specific avalanche-related skills that you may wish to include on your resume.

 

3. Certificates

A digital copy of all pertinent certificates including the: CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1, Avalanche Search and Rescue Advanced Skills, AvSAR Practical Skills Assessment, and Introduction to Weather courses 1. Course certificates can be scanned or photographed for uploading (if you are having difficulty, try a smaller file size). 

 

Note: a $45 fee will be charged if you require the CAA to search through its records for a certificate copy.

 

4. Sample Snow Profiles

Please include four samples of your recorded snow profiles (including one full snow profile) logged over the past three seasons to demonstrate the progression from year-to-year. Samples should be taken from your field books and can be scanned or photographed for uploading (if you are having difficulty, try a smaller file size).

 

1 If you are missing these prerequisites but believe you have similar training and/or experience, you may apply for prior learning in order to have the prerequisite waived. Please visit the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) application webpage for details. (Note: ACMG Guides are not automatically exempt from the Module 2. They must apply for Prior Learning Assessment for equivalency to the Module 2). If applying for PLA(s) they must be submitted before or at the same time as your Level 2 Application

Step 4 - Contact Professional References

Each application must be accompanied by a minimum of two references from CAA Professional Members. References must complete the online Level 2 CAA Professional Member Reference Form (right click to share link).

 

Students, particularly international students, who do not have an affiliation with a CAA Professional Member may provide references from: their current avalanche industry employer or supervisor, their mentor, a fellow industry professional, and/or a Level 2 graduate who is familiar with the candidate’s avalanche resume. These references must complete the online CAA Level 2 Non-CAA Member Reference Form (right click to share link).

 

It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure their reference letters have been submitted. Reference letters may be submitted after submitting your Level 2 application, however the application will remain incomplete until both references have been received and reviewed by the CAA.

Step 5 - Submit Online Application Form

All applicants must complete the online application form.

 

If you begin the online application form and close the web browser, or time-out before completing the full application, your work will not be saved. Have all documents above ready before proceeding. 
Please note: It is recommended that you restart your computer and/or clear your browser history before beginning the online application form.

 

     **We have reached our capacity for Avalanche Operations Level 2 applications for the 2018-19 winter season, and will be accepting applications for the 2019-20 season between September 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Dalman, ITP Coordinator.**

 


LEVEL 2 APPLICATION


 

Application Review/Registration Process

Application Review

All applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure their application is complete before submitting it; incomplete applications will be returned. Complete applications and accompanying reference letters will be reviewed as quickly as possible, we aim for a two-week turnaround, but this is not always possible.

 

Applicants will be contacted with their results via email. Unsuccessful applications will be given details in order to achieve a successful application in the future.

 

Registration Process

If accepted into the Level 2 program, students will be emailed regarding the online registration date and time. Registration opens in June of each year for the following winter season.

 

Courses fill quickly, and we do not hold spots. Applicants have a two-year window to begin the program and can defer course registration within this time period. A student has two years to complete all Modules after having started the program.

 

For more information on registration, course fees, funding opportunities, and course materials, please refer to the Level 2 webpage.

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