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Skills Development Program

This program encompases Introduction to Ski Patrolling, the Senior Program, and the Certified Program, programs that affect the registration categories of NSP members.

Introduction to Patrolling

This course helps patrol candidates develop skills and knowledge to become familiar with the tasks and responsibilities that ski area management may require, coaching in toboggan handling, general on-hill operations, risk management, and the role of a volunteer patroller.

Prerequisite:
  • Acceptance by patrol for candidate training
  • Current NSP member
  • At least 15 years of age
Time Commitment: One-to-two years as patrol candidate
Fees: National—none; Division—varies; Local—varies
Credential: NSP Certificate of Achievement
Continuing education/refresher requirement: Annual on-the-hill/trail refresher focusing on local area skill requirements
Instructor of Record: NSP instructor(any discipline)
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Senior Program (Alpine, Nordic, Auxillary)

The Senior Program is designed to provide a forum in which patrollers can enhance personal skiing/snowboarding and toboggan-handling proficiency, improve their ability to manage emergency scenarios, and expand their overall patrolling knowledge and skills. It also prepares patrollers for leadership roles within the NSP. This course consists of core and elective requirements and is designed for alpine, Nordic, and auxiliary patrollers, with appropriate variations in requirements for each. This course is administered at the division level.

Prerequisites:
  1. Current NSP member (status: patroller)
  2. Patrol Representative's Recommendation
  3. Senior Candidate Application
Time Commitment: Each core component includes local and division training clinics and evaluation clinics—time commitment varies by division
Fees: National—none; Division—varies; Local—varies
Credentials: NSP Certificate of Achievement
Continuing Education/Refresher Requirements: Varies with component
Instructor of Record: Division-trained Senior Instructor or Senior Evaluator
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Certified Program (Alpine)

The Certified Program enables patrollers to build on those experiences gained while patrolling and through other NSP programs, including Outdoor Emergency Care, Avalanche, Mountain Travel and Rescue, and Instructor Development. It helps patrollers identify and supplement training resources, and provides training clinics, skill checkpoints, and verification of personal progress. The program requires independent training and advanced research, and participants must complete all modules to receive certification. The National Certified Committee strongly recommends that all patrollers complete the Senior Program before entering the Certified Program.

Prerequisites:
  1. Participation in a division-authorized orientation or safety clinic on terrain and conditions approved for a Certified clinic. Must obtain a recommendation signature from division-certified supervisor or designee.
  2. Completion of the NSP Senior skiing component or a division-approved equivalent
Recommended Prerequisites:
  1. Completion of the NSP Level II Avalanche Course or a training curriculum comparable to that contained in the lesson guides from the NSP Avalanche Instructor's Manual
  2. Completion of the NSP Senior Emergency Management component or a division-approved equivalent
  3. Completion of the Emergency Care study guide (obtainable from the Ski Patroller's Manual)
Time Commitment: Varies (approximately two days)
Fees: National—none; Division—varies; Local—varies
Credentials: NSP Certificate of Achievement; Certified number
Continuing Education/Refresher Requirements: (Certified Skiing and Toboggan Skills Recertification)
  1. Completion of an evaluation of skiing skills at the certified performance level on a certified-rated hill once every three years
  2. Completion of an evaluation of toboggan-handling skills at the certified performance level on a certified-rated hill once every three years
Instructor of Record: Division Certified Program Supervisor (or delegate)
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