PRO 1 BRIDGE COURSE

Pro 1 Bridge Exam

Click here a description of the Professional Program.

The Pro 1 Bridge Exam is an opportunity for individuals who currently have a Level 2 and a working professional background to challenge the PRO 1 Exam component under the new system. 

The focus of the Pro 1 Bridge will be on evaluating the skills of each student at the Pro 1 standard through both written and field examination.  A student planning to participate in a Pro 1 Bridge Exam MUST be familiar with the Pro 1 evaluation standards and practiced with the techniques that will be evaluated during the condensed course.  Prior practice and preparation are essential to successfully passing a Pro 1 Bridge Exam and gaining recognized equivalency at the Pro 1 standard.

The Bridge Exam is the testing component of a Pro 1.  Make sure you are ready for it. You may benefit from some targeted training prior to the Bridge Course. Contact us about customized training courses.

Marking and Evaluation: 70% total marks are required to pass the course. Specific categories requiring a “categorical pass” of 70% to pass the course include: station weather observations, snow profiles and snowpack tests, and the written exam.  Skills are taught to the standards documented in the Snow Weather and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG 3rd edition).

Who should take this course?

Bridge course applicants are required to be currently working (guides, patrollers, forecasters, instructors) and to provide proof they are routinely applying SWAG guidelines to daily observations and participating in their operation’s risk assessment. Students who are not currently in the workplace are advised to take the  PRO 1 course, rather than the Pro 1 Bridge course.

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Course Details

Bridge courses run for 2 days, 8:00am – 5:00pm daily.

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Dates: (links to Facebook events page)

Cost: varies per venue

Locations: We are currently holding Bridge Exams in Colorado, Utah and Idaho.

Student: Instructor Ratio: 6:1

Course Length: ​Minimum 12-16 hours 

Cancellation Policy:   A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes are closed (best arrive early if the weather forecast is big).

Course Requirements

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Send an email to Pro@avyschool.org with documentation of the following.  20 documented days in avalanche terrain in 1 season. This can include trip plans, am forms, a letter from a supervisor.

Student Requirements for Enrollment: (Previous Level 2 Graduates/3-5 yr Patrollers or review/Snow Safety Team/Avi Tech/Asst Ski Guides/ Pro observers)

1) Course applicants have completed the following A3-recognized courses prior to enrollment: a) Level 1 Avalanche Fundamentals b) Level 2 Avalanche -Pre 2017

AND 2) At least one winter season (20 days or more) of relevant experience, demonstrated through one of the following: a) Prior avalanche work experience;

OR b) A supervised unpaid work internship in the guiding/avalanche industry supported by a letter of reference

OR c) Winter backcountry travel experience supported by documented trip planning and recorded field observations that contributed to avalanche hazard assessment and personal avalanche risk management.

OR d) Letter of Recommendation from A3 professional member

OR e) A3 Membership (Affiliate or Professional) Learning Outcomes/Student Proficiencies:​ Complete Pro 1 Assessments and establish current understanding of SWAG standards. Marking and Evaluation: ​70% total marks are required to pass the course. In addition, several specific categories require a “categorical pass” of 70% to pass the course; these include station weather observations, snow profiles and snowpack tests, and the written exam.