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Student Requirements for Enrollment (All required):

1) Course applicants have completed the following AAA-recognized courses prior to enrollment*:
a) Pro 1 Certificate
b) Avalanche Rescue

2) Work Experience
a) A minimum of 40 days of operational avalanche experience over two winter seasons,
b) Letter of recommendation from a supervisor (AAA Pro Member recommended) verifying:
▪ 40 days minimum work experience over two operating seasons (note, this can be in the same year if the worker has worked in both the northern and southern hemispheres). This includes participation as a team member, attending daily ops meetings, and participation in operational activities that requires avalanche risk management.
▪ Avalanche rescue (companion) practices with team leader responsibility. The applicant has participated in multi-team organized avalanche rescue exercise(s).
▪ The applicant is able to complete the tasks required of a route leader or ski guide.

3) Submit examples of the following professional documentation:
a) two profiles, two operational meeting forms, two pages from two days of field observations

For details on the A3 industry standard Guidelines and Proficiencies document check here.

*Applicants who believe they have the educational equivalent of the prerequisites can apply to the
for a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) review. Contact us at

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