The Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) offers free avalanche classes to the public throughout our forecast area. These classes are a 90 minute introductory presentation geared towards the novice wintertime backcountry user. 

To instruct these classes you must either participate in NWAC’s Avalanche Awareness Instructor Program (AAIP) or have taken an AIARE Instructor Training Course (ITC) or the equivalent. NWAC’s AAIP is run in the fall as a cohort based program. The number of instructors trained is based on organizational neeeds. Find the application to apply below.

Trainings for the 2021/22 season are closed and we will not be bringing on more new instructors for the season. You may apply at any time and applications will be reviewed in August of 2022.

Please reach out to Charlotte at charlotte@nwac.us with any questions.

Returning Instructors

Returning Instructors are those who have previously taught Awareness Classes for NWAC and have the required avalanche education credentials or have participated in the Avalanche Awareness Instructor Program (AAIP). Instructors must complete the returning instructor application every year to teach Awareness Classes.

Required Experience and Credentials

  • Previously taught Awareness Classes for NWAC

AND

  • Participated in NWAC’s 8-hour Avalanche Awareness Instructor Program (AAIP)
    OR
  • Have an ITC or equivalent

New Instructors: Certified Instructors

Aspiring avalanche instructors who have taken an ITC are eligible to teach Avalanche Awareness Classes without attending the Avalanche Awareness Instructor Program (AAIP).

Required Experience and Credentials

  • AIARE Pro or equivalent
  • ITC or equivalent
  • 5+ years recreating in the wintertime mountains

Apply to teach Avalanche Awareness Classes here.

New Instructors: Aspiring Avalanche Educators

Teaching Avlanche Awareness classes can be a great first step for those looking to work in the snow and avalanche industry! In order to create entry ways into paid snow and avalanche work, NWAC has created an Avalanche Awareness Instructor Program (AAIP) to teach aspiring avalanche educators to deliver the curruiculum.

Required Experience and Credentials

  • AIARE Level 1 or higher
  • 3+ years recreating in the wintertime backcountry
  • Interest in working professionally in the snow and avalanche industry

Trainings are held in the Fall of every year. We have no upcoming trainings for the 2021/22 season. You can apply for the 2022/23 season here. Applications will be reviewed in August of 2022.