Program Highlights The WAS Alpine Guide Training Program is designed to allow students to specialize in one field of guiding. The Alpine Guide Training program allow students to focus and prepare for entry into examination at the ACMG level. Students applying to this program must pass a WAS skills test and submit a physical & skills resume. This program is a sequential set of courses designed to develop the students ability, skills and decision making while working towards becoming an Alpine guide. Students will need to practice after each course and build a resume of alpine trips and back country experiences. Course Breakdown: Course hours vary from 15 hours to 67.5 hours per course plus a 45 hour co-op work placement. Location: On Campus & Sea to Sky mountains. WAS Guide Skills Pre-test Policy All WAS Guide Training programs takes students into vast & challenging terrain as part of their education. As such, WAS requires students to meet the prerequisite skills as outlined by their chosen program. Students are required to supply a resume of their skills with their application verifying they have met the program prerequisites. Further, students will be evaluated by WAS instructors at the start of their program to ensure they meet the basic skill standards outlined by the programs. Students who do not meet the prerequisites will not be allowed to continue in the program. For more information or questions, please contact the WAS Operations Manager. Alpine Guide Students will require a reasonable base level of fitness. Students will have to complete a medical form. Students with a pre-existing medical conditions or health concerns should contact WAS ahead of the course. Previous Alpine climbing experience is an asset. Fundamentals of Alpine Guiding See Entry Requirements Course Duration - 15 Hours The Fundamentals course will introduce students to the basic skill sets required for a successful alpine climbing experience. The emphasis is on terrain selection, safe travel, preparation and gear. Alpine Guide Level 2 Prerequisites - Fundamentals Course Course Duration - 67.5 Hours The Level 2 course follows ACMG curriculum, educating students on the fundamentals of mountaineering. Students will hone climbing skills, travel techniques, gear selection and decision making. The students will have to effectively use these skills in the field. Alpine Guide Level 3 Prerequisites - Level 2 Course Duration - 30 Hours Cost- The level 3 course will prepare students for entry into ACMG guide level testing. The curriculum will focus solely on the necessary skill sets needed to apply for the ACMG assistant alpine guide exam. Students go through rigorous sessions to strengthen their skills or to prepare for a career. Alpine Guide Co-Op Work Experience Prerequisites - Level 2 & 3 Course Duration - 45 Hours The Co-Op work experience will give students real world experience with on-the-job training. The students will work at least 8 hours per week and consult an additional one hour per week with an instructor. The application of the skills gained through the previous courses will be evaluated and students will gain an understanding of the standards and experience necessary for a career as an Alpine guide.

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