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What is an approved course?

An approved course is one that is readily verifiable by IPGA. For verification purposes it is recommended that the course have a website, including online instructor qualifications, course syllabus and contact details. The applicant should link to these pages in his/her application.

The course should be conducted by either:

  • an institution that clearly specialises in delivering the course content and awards certificates or official documentation at its conclusion.
  • an individual that clearly specialises in delivering the course content and can provide a course syllabus and signed documentation of the applicant's participation.

Wilderness Fist Aid

The Wilderness First Aid course should include in its syllabus:

  • patient assessment
  • checking vitals signs - airway, breathing, bleeding and shock
  • stabilisation of traumatic injuries - spine, head, chest, abdomen, fractures, dislocations
  • management of wounds
  • environmental emergencies - preferably including hypothermia, frostbite, heat exhaustion and shock, altitude illness, immersion
  • medical emergencies

examples:

www.wfac.com.au/Courses/Show.aspx?id=2

www.nols.edu/wmi/courses/wildfirstaid.shtml

http://crossinglatitudes.com/wmi-courses

Glacier Travel/Crevasse Rescue

The Glacier Travel/Crevasse Rescue course should be conducted by an institution affilliated with IFMGA/UIAGM and include in its syllabus:

  • ice axe and crampon use
  • glacier travel
  • ropework
  • snow anchors
  • self arrest
  • crevasse rescue

examples

www.aai.cc/ProgramDetail/glacierskills/

www.cdnalpine.com/alpine/glacier.htm

www.chamex.com/courses/alpine-climbing

Firearms Safety

A Firearms Safety course should include in its syllabus:

  • firearms law in the country of operation
  • competent and accurate use of a firearm
  • safe handling, use, transportation and storage of a firearm and ammunition

examples

www.firearmtraining.com.au/html/10about_train.htm

www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/safe_sur/cour-eng.htm

www.basc.org.uk/en/departments/shooting-standards/basc-training-courses/firearms-awareness-courses.cfm

Military firearms training is acceptable however you must be able to verify your training.