Professional Membership

As of July 8th, 2020 the CAA’s Professional Application process is based on the CAA’s Professional member competency profile. Members of the CAA voted on May 14, 2020 to give the CAA’s board of directors authority to set requirements. The board indicated in a brief what requirements it intended to set for new Professional members and on July 16th passed a motion authorizing the requirements.


The process below guides applicants through the process of providing evidence to demonstrate they  meet the Professional member proficiency level of all competencies listed in the CAA’s Professional member competency profileThe application process involves several steps—please review each one in the drop-down menus below.


Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to collect and prepare all of the required items below before starting the online application form. It is expected to take 16 to 30 hours to create your portfolio. Planning ahead will help reduce this time.


Member obligations following successful application

Once an applicant has successfully become an Professional member, they take on all the responsibilities associated with this membership class. All Professional members are expected to follow the Scope of Practice StatementCAA Code of Ethics , and meet the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines Applicants should be aware of these obligations prior to applying.


Membership fee

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

Step 1 - Review competency-based prerequisites

Applicants must have and prove at time of application:

  1. CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2 certificate.
  2. CAA Introduction to Professionalism certificate.
  3. Workplace portfolio for voluntary professional membership applicants.
  4. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively as demonstrated through the workplace portfolio and application form.
  5. A minimum of two online Professional Applicant reference forms from CAA professional members. 

Step 2 - Review application questions and prepare responses

Applicants will be asked to explain their reason for applying for active membership on the online application form. We recommend that you prepare and save your responses to the following questions in a text document, then copy and paste your responses into the online application form field once you begin the process.

  1. Why do you want to be a member of the CAA? 
  2. Why should you be a member of the CAA?

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. Certificates

A digital copy of all pertinent certificates: CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2 and Introduction to Professionalism courses. 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.


2. Workplace Portfolio

Your workplace portfolio is comprised of four or more individual documents that must be uploaded separately on the application page. Detailed instructions and document templates are provided on the professional workplace portfolio instructions webpage:

  • Who I Am, What I Do
  • Experience(s)

One or more experiences will be needed to attest for all competencies in your portfolio. Refer to the workplace portfolio instructions for more details.

  • Evidence file(s)

Evidence files are required for certain competencies as indicated by the portfolio competency table template. It is possible for more than one evidence file to be used for more than one competency, therefore the number of evidence files will vary. It is up to you to ensure you have included all evidence needed. Refer to the workplace portfolio instructions for more details.

  • Competency Table


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 Professional membership application reference form* (right click to share link - only Professional Members have access to this form).


*As indicated by the Professional competency profile and competency table template, certain competencies must be validated by someone familiar with the applicants work. Validation is done by References when they complete the online reference form.


References for applicants volunteering to use the competency-based process must also read and attest to the applicant's "Who I Am, What I Do" portfolio document when they complete the online reference form. Please ensure that you provide the referee with this document when requesting their support. References do not need to verify an applicant's entire portfolio. 


It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure their reference letters have been submitted. Reference letters may be submitted after submitting your active membership 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 Professional membership 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.


Application review/registration process

Application review

Processing times for applications depend on a number of factors including the availability of the membership committee members who are 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.



Following approval you will be notified and invoiced. Paying the invoice will start your Active membership. Annual dues cover December 1 - November 30 and are $260 + applicable tax. Half dues are charged for memberships starting from May onward.



If you have any questions, please refer to the competency-based membership overview or contact CAA membership services.

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