Professional Membership

Professional Members

Professional members have completed the CAA’s Industry Training Program Avalanche Operations Level 2 (or equivalent) and have had full-time employment in avalanche-related activities during four of the past six winter seasons.

 

The CAA bylaws define “avalanche-related activities” as:

  1. Avalanche forecasting or control, including: field work necessary to evaluate avalanches and avalanche conditions; avalanche hazard mitigation such as public warnings; restriction of human activities in avalanche-prone areas; guiding in avalanche terrain; avalanche control with explosives and other means; search and rescue in avalanche terrain; decision making that affects the safety of persons and property with regard to avalanches and avalanche conditions; and other activities to protect against seasonally-fluctuating avalanche conditions;  
  2. Education, training or consulting involving the transfer of expert knowledge and/or experience regarding avalanches or protection against avalanches; and/or
  3. Scientific or technical services involving the assessment, development or delivery of information, products or services for protection against avalanches;
  4. Professional members are expected to follow the Scope of Practice Statement, CAA Code of Ethics, and meet CPD requirements.

 

CPD Requirements

Professional members must abide by the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines. Members are not required to submit their CPD activity record to the CAA however, the membership committee annually selects a number of professional members to be audited, at which time you must be able to provide them with your CPD record.

 

Membership fee

Professional member dues are $260 + tax, billed annually in December. 

 

Application process

Individuals applying for professional membership must submit an application form (link below), pay the $25 application fee and arrange for two current CAA professional members to submit references. Professional members can login to their CAA account and submit a reference form found within the members-only site.

 

A candidate may apply for CAA Level 2 course equivalency if they have sufficient career accomplishments, education, and/or professional experience to earn a CAA course certificate without attending a course. Course equivalency should be completed prior to applying for professional membership.

 

Professional Membership Application Form

 

The membership committee is responsible for processing membership applications. They are assisted by membership services staff. Questions relating to application processing should be directed to membership services staff.

 

The CAA bylaws, this website, and the application forms outline requirements for membership. Processing times for applications depend on a number of factors including the availability of the membership committee members who are active avalanche professionals with associated work commitments. The committee aims to process applications within two weeks, however applications where referees or applicants need to be contacted for supplementary information often take longer.

 

 

*Voluntary Competency-based Application Process*

As part of the CAA's transition to a competency-based membership, individuals applying for professional membership currently have the option to use the voluntary competency-based professional membership application process instead of the existing process outlined above. Volunteering to use the competency-based process will help the CAA fine tune staffing and committee procedures before the new categories become standard following the 2020 AGM.  It will also allow the volunteer applicants to get a jump start on assessing their competency profiles. Applicants who use the voluntary process will have their application fee waived.

 

The first 15 successful active and professional applicants who complete the competency-based process before the 2020 AGM will receive a Convey Hooded IN Jacket from CAA Premier Partner: Mammut, as a thank you for their help.

 

*Applications must be submitted and fully completed by 11:59pm April 20th, 2020 in order to be eligible for receiving a jacket. Receipt of a jacket will depend on the number of applications submitted and the time required by the Membership Committee to clarify any details in your application.

 

The Mammut Convey Hooded IN jacket is a light, warm piece that is the perfect mid-layer for cold skiing conditions. With Pertex(r) Quantum material with PFC-free DWR treatment, this jacket is great as an outer layer on cold, dry days. It is filled with 700 fill power recycled down.

 

*Like the existing application processes, if successful, the voluntary application process will result in professional membership status. 

 

Voluntary competency-based professional membership application

 

If you have any questions about the voluntary process, please contact the CAA competency project team.

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