Avalanche Awareness Training CPD Courses



The Chris Walker Memorial Trust in partnership with the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) convenes webinars for mountain professionals. The purpose is to inform and refresh knowledge of how to avoid avalanches in Scotland for the coming winter.

These one-day webinars will require six hours of time, and therefore meet the continuing professional development requirements of most associations. Each webinar will have a maximum of 12 and a minimum of 6 places available.

Participants should check with their association in order to find out the level of CPD merit on offer (MTA/IML/AMI/BMG).

As online webinars, only a good internet connection is required, so if you are off to warmer climates cragging, make sure you take your laptop with you.



This online course prepares leaders, instructors, and guides for the coming Scottish winter season. The one-day online course will include a review of the Be Avalanche Aware process, a revision of Avalanche Problems in the Scottish context, a discussion on how the SAIS operate and how to use the different aspects of the SAIS website.

In addition, a series of exercises and discussions will help develop understanding of snowpack evolution and avalanche hazard development in various weather scenarios. These are the foundation skills for making good route planning decisions prior to going on the hill.

There will be a strong emphasis on discussion and participation allowing various topics to be aired throughout the day. Some pre course self-study will be provided and is an integral part of the workshops.



Graham Moss or Keith Miller, SAIS Senior Avalanche Forecasters


Dates 2023

Bookings can be made via the links under the respective dates below. Note links will redirect you to Tahdah, and you may need to login.

· 13th October

· 14th October

· 27th October

· 28th October

· 10th November

· 11th November


PLEASE NOTE: Webinar dates are open to anyone who has registered for IML or WML or higher awardsDue to a limitation with Tahdah, only users who have completed training for a relevant scheme may book online. If you have registered for IML or WML but 

not completed training, please contact sam@mountain-training.org to be added to the booking.



Avalanche awarEness training – HILL DAYS

Following on from the webinars, practical hill days will be on offer to anyone who has completed the online workshops and who have been trained in the use of crampons through the relevant qualification programmes (WML/WMCI/BMG). Dates in Feb/March 2024 to be announced later.