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About the New Patroller Course

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. Classes are typically Monday and Thurday evenings, with two Saturday all-day sessions. The New Patroller Course is held in Calgary. Classroom sessions are at the Whitehorn Multi-Service Centre (3705 35 St NE), and the field day and on-snow sessions are held at Canada Olympic Park. Upon successful completion of the first aid portion, your on-snow skills will be evaluated.


What you need to know:

First Aid Class – Location, Dates, Times, and Attendance

  • Course Fee is $320 and must be paid prior to the first class
  • First Class is October 8, 2015
  • First Aid Portion of the Course ends on November 19, 2015
  • Weekday classes are in the evening from 6:30pm – 9:30pm held at the Whitehorn Multi-Service Centre (3705 35 St NE)
  • Weekend classes (CPR and Field Day) are held all day (~8am – 5pm)
  • CPR is held at Whitehorn Multi-Service Centre (3705 35 St NE)
  • Field day is held at COP
  • Attendance is mandatory, approval for absent classes is from the VP Education – Chris Oliver ( – and is evaluated on a case by case basis. Please note that there is only one day for field day and for the exams – these dates cannot be missed.
  • 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 May 2016, you may provide a copy of your certificate.
  • imes, locations, and dates are subject to change – you will be informed

On-Snow Sessions – Location, Dates, Times, and Attendance

The on-snow will be held on Nov 21 and 22 at Nakiska. Your attendance and participation at the New Patroller On-snow is mandatory and requirement to proceed to a hill of our choice to patrol

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 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 an CPR/AED HCP level certificate from one of the above organizations before the start of the patrolling season.

What’s required to be a Nordic Patroller?

Course Pass Requirements

  1. CPR/AED Exam: The pass mark is 80 per cent on a multiple choice exam.
  2. Skills Exams: Five practical exams for you to demonstrate your assessment/bandage/splint/backboard/miscellaneous treatment skills.
  3. 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, the pass mark will be increased to 85 per cent.
  4. 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.