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Avalanche Science: Snow, Weather & Avalanche Field Technician Certificate

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Students must demonstrate acceptable proficiency levels in math, computer skills, composition and reading, and communication. Students need to have previously completed courses in Level 1 Recreational Avalanche Safety, Basic Avalanche Rescue, and Wilderness First Responder. Students must have appropriate snow travel equipment, cold-weather gear, and the ability to travel safely in mountainous terrain in winter conditions. Some of these program entry requirements may be waived for students enrolling in individual courses for the purposes of continuing professional development and who are not seeking the full Certificate of Occupational Proficiency. Please contact your program coordinator for assistance.

The SWAT certificate is offered at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, some courses may require technology-enhanced modalities to complete the certificate. Upon successful completion, the program graduate will receive a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency (COP).

This certificate program is not eligible for federal student aid funds.

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Minimum Hours Required

Minimum Credit Hours Required (21-28)
Minimum Contact Hours Required (475-745)


State Guaranteed Transfer Course

Applies to CMC AA/AS/AGS Degrees

Not all programs/courses are available at every campus and may require travel to another campus or access via technology-enabled learning (video-conferencing, hybrid, or online).


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