Course Overview

The CSP New Patroller course is a demanding 60+ hour advanced first aid course which will give new patrollers the knowledge and hands-on skills to help people on and off the ski hill. The course consists of on-line learning covering the theoretical portions and weekday evening classes covering the practical aspects. Upon successful completion of the first aid portion, your on-snow skills will be evaluated.

What you need to know about the New Patroller Course:

  • Course Fee is $350 and must be paid prior to the first class
  • Class attendance is mandatory, however, we understand that circumstances occur (illness, family emergency). Absent classes require approval of VP Education (education@cspcalgary.ca). Please note that there is only one day for field day – this date cannot be missed. 
  • Online E-learning sessions are done at your own pace, and you must complete specific modules before coming to class.
  • CPR course is mandatory. If you cannot attend, you can take a CPR – Level HCP through another provider and provide a copy of your certificate, however, you will be responsible for this additional cost. If you have CPR Level HCP and it is valid until next season, you may provide a copy of your certificate.
  • Weekday (Mon/Thurs) courses are from 6:30-9:30pm
  • CPR and field day are all day (8am – 5pm)
  • You are only required to attend one Exam Evening. If you are unsuccessful in your exams, there is a re-test night scheduled
  • Location of the course is currently scheduled to be held at the Whitehorn Multi-Service Centre (3705 35 St NE) *Subject to change, but will be held in Calgary. 
  • After successfully completing the first aid portion, you will complete the on-snow portion in the Fall (one weekend – both Saturday and Sunday), and then move to selecting your ski area to patrol at. Location for the on-snow will be at one of our ski areas (Lake Louise, Nakiska, Nordic, Norquay or Sunshine); location to be confirmed in the fall. 
  • Please note that the dates for the on-snow are extremely difficult to reschedule, so it is mandatory to attend the rookie on-snow training weekend, as this training is required prior to joining one of our ski areas.
  • The on-snow portion must be completed prior to attending ski around days.
  • Ski Around days include ski area specific ski tests.
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Course Attendance

All on-line and in-class course elements must be taken prior to taking the exams. However, we understand that life can get busy so we are willing to work with you to ensure training requirements can be met. All exceptions must be approved by the Zone VP Education.

Attendance for the CPR/AED portion of the course is mandatory unless you have a current Health Care Provider (HCP) level certificate from another acceptable organization (Canadian Red Cross, Heart & Stroke Foundation, St. John’s Ambulance, Canadian Life Saving Society) that is valid until the end of the upcoming ski season. You will be required to provide a copy of your certificate. If you cannot make the CPR/AED day it will be your responsibility to obtain a CPR/AED HCP level certificate from one of the above organizations on your time at at your own cost before the start of the patrolling season.

 

Course Pass Requirements
  1. CPR/AED Exam: The pass mark is 80 per cent on a multiple choice exam.
  2. Written Exam: A 100 question, multiple choice, exam on the CSP First Aid manual content. A written exam review sheet will be provided beforehand. The pass mark is 80 per cent after which you will be required to correct your exam to 100% using the manual. Should you achieve a score of less than 80 per cent, you will be asked to re-write the same exam.
  3. Diagnostic Exam: This is a real-time evaluation of your patient assessment skills, diagnosis of the problem and how you would treat the patient. A minimum of 80 per cent is required for the Diagnostic exam. A single re-test is available and are examined by two instructors with a different scenario.