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.
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
A Glacier Travel/Crevasse Rescue course must be a minimum 3 days duration and should be conducted by an IFMGA/UIAGM-certified institution or guide. Syllabus should include:
- knowledge of ice mechanics and the dangers of glacier travel
- safe glacier travel
- rope management and techniques
- snow and ice anchors
- self arrest
- crevasse rescue
- ice axe and crampon use
Courses that concentrate primarily on alpine, ice or rock climbing are not considered relevant for IPGA endorsement. Additionally, in order to replicate expedition conditions, a course should also cover glacier travel over snow-bridged crevasses, holding a falling person and rescue out of real crevasses.
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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
Military firearms training is acceptable however you must be able to verify your training.