What is an approved course?

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

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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

https://www.nols.edu/portal/wm...

http://crossinglatitudes.com/wmi-courses

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Glacier Travel/Crevasse Rescue

A Glacier Travel/Crevasse Rescue course must be a minimum 4 days duration and should be conducted by an IFMGA/UIAGM-certified institution or guide. The course should be designed for guides, leaders or persons taking leadership responsibility on glaciated terrain. Beginners courses are not appropriate as a stand-alone course.

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.

Additional private training with a professional mountain guide may be required.

Annual refreshers or regular practice of crevasse rescue technique is recommended.

Before registering on a course IPGA encourages applicants to contact our Membership and Registration Committee to confirm its suitability info@polarguides.org

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Course examples

http://www.alpineinstitute.com/catalog/alpine-mountaineering-and-technical-leadership,-part-1/

https://www.nunatakadventures.com/hardice1

https://asgardbeyond.com/training/professional/hard-ice-guide

https://mountainguides.org.nz/become-a-guide/qualifications/hard-ice-guide/

https://www.alpenverein-akademie.at/akademie/fuehren-und-leiten/uebungsleiter/english-speakers/index.php

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

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


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