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AIARE Course Leader Prerequisites



To become an AIARE Course Leader, you must have completed the AIARE Recreational Curriculum first, which includes AIARE 1, AIARE Rescue Course, and AIARE 2.

* If you have taken a Level 1 or Level 2 that is recognized by the American Avalanche Association (A3), but not an AIARE course you may still qualify for the scholarship so long as you are willing to complete the AIARE Recreational Curriculum as well.

In order to begin the process of becoming an AIARE Course Leader, a PRO 1 (or equivalent*) Course is required. The following list represents the prerequisites for the PRO 1:

  1. Provide a resume showing your relevant backcountry winter travel experience and/or work experience. Please use this document to detail your experience.

  2. Three days of field book trip plans to demonstrate that you have applied the Level 1 principles of decision making in winter backcountry terrain. This could include the daily trip plan, field weather and snowpack observations, and debrief notes. You may also submit copies of operational meeting forms if you are currently working as a professional. This documentation can be photos or screenshots, but all pieces should be consolidated into one document.

  3. Copy of your Certificate of Completion for AIARE 1 (or A3-recognized Recreational Level 1, and a willingness to shadow an AIARE Level 1 before your Pro 1). Backcountry Babes is an AIARE Course Provider with courses in Colorado, California, and New Hampshire, or find an AIARE Course Provider in your area.

  4. Copy of your certificate of completion for AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course (or A3-recognized Avalanche Rescue Course). Backcountry Babes is an AIARE Course Provider with courses in Colorado, California, and New Hampshire, or find an AIARE Course Provider in your area.

  5. Copy of your certificate of completion for AIARE 2 (or A3-recognized Recreational Level 1, and a willingness to shadow an AIARE Level 2 before your Pro 1). Backcountry Babes is an AIARE Course Provider with courses in Colorado, California, and New Hampshire, or find an AIARE Course Provider in your area.

  6. Copy of your Wilderness First Responder Certification (WFR) and CPR or National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care Certification.

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AMGA Ski Guide Prerequisites

Note: If you are awarded the following scholarship, you must still apply, be accepted, and enroll in the relevant courses offered by the AMGA. Winning a scholarship does not mean automatic acceptance into the AMGA Ski Guide program.

To become an AMGA Ski Guide or AMGA Splitboard Guide is a multiyear commitment that starts with the basics of guiding clients through the mountains and progress to mellow backcountry ski terrain, culminating with serious ski-mountaineering objectives. Candidates are expected to have a strong background in skiing or splitboarding when they enter the program. Candidates are also required to have medical and avalanche training, which can vary between each program. To complete the Ski discipline track, candidates must complete the following 4 programs:

  • Either the 5 day Alpine Skills Course (ASC) or the 10 day Rock Guide Course (RGC)
  • The 10-day Ski Guide Course (SGC) – VIDEO APPLICATION REQUIRED
  • The 10-day Advanced Ski Guide Course and Aspirant Exam (ASGC/AE)
  • The 8-day Ski Guide Exam (SGE)

For all AMGA Programs you must:

  1. Be a current AMGA member
  2. Hold a current CPR Certification
  3. Hold a current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification or higher that meets the Minimum Guidelines and Scope of Practice for a WFR

More detailed information and prerequisites for these courses here

More detailed information about medical and avalanche prerequisites can be found here

More information for the AMGA Application Process here

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