APP Testing Categories and Criteria
We offer educational and testing clinics and certification courses December through May. Each testing clinic consists of skiing/snowboarding/telemark proficiency, toboggan handling, risk management & accident investigation, hill safety, rope rescue/qualified lift tower climbing/lift evacuation, avalanche education (Pro 1 curriculum), explosives use in avalanche mitigation and medical skills testing.
Continuing Education is available for avalanche professionals through avalanche science & mitigation and professional avalanche search and rescue (Pro AvSAR) clinics. Medical Continuing Education for current EMT, Paramedic, RN’s, etc… highlighting outdoor and backcountry medicine.
The participation at each of these regional Mid-Winter Clinics vary with attendance ranging from 5 to 100 patrollers.
The Annual Spring Clinic, 5-days at the end of the season (typically end of April into first week of May (snow and facility dependent). This is open invitation for all participating individual and patrols to come together for education, testing, and socializing. This is the culmination of the season's hard work in training, it is generally attended by 250 to 500 patrollers which lasts for five days.
For Patrol Director Sign Off to participate in the Testing, download this PDF document and bring with you to the next clinic you attend.
The Certification process is meant to not only be an incredible learning experience, but we strive to make the clinics and process as educational as possible.
The ten Testing Categories are as follows, and more information is contained on their individual pages:
1. Aerial Evacuation and Tower Climbing
3. Avalanche Science and Evaluation
4. Explosives (Used in Avalanche Mitigation)
5. Hill Safety
8. Rope Rescue in the Alpine Environment
9. Skiing/Snowboarding / Telemarking
If you are new to APP testing you must have your Patrol Director Sign Off on your participation. Download this PDF, fill it out and seek your patrol director sign-off and bring with you to your next APP clinic.