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
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
- snow anchors
- self arrest
- crevasse rescue
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.