Annual Refresher Requirements

Annually, all Alpine patrollers must be re-certified in 4 areas, specifically:


  1. Medical (OEC) Refresher

  2. CPR (see update below for 2020-21 season changes)

  3. Lift Evacuation

  4. OET toboggan handling

The Medical Refresher is a centralized event to help coordinate the complex logistics of that program.  

CPR and Lift Evacuation recertifications normally take place at the host mountain, and may be coordinated with other patroller events.

OET Toboggan Handling is held once there is enough snow and the conditions allow for proper testing.   This is normally coordinated with the host mountain's hill captains to ensure there are enough certified trainers to assist in the testing.

Youth Protection Training

This training is required of Patrol and Region leadership to help ensure the safety of youth under our responsibility as we conduct NSP sanctioned training events. This training also ensures compliance with the Safe Sport Act of 2017.

Certificates of completion must be sent to Skip Mudge.


All the details can be found in Chapter 13 of the NSP Policies and Procedures. Here are a few highlights.


The following people are REQUIRED to complete the training:

   - Patrol Directors and Patrol Reps

   - RD, ARD, Section Chiefs

   - Region Legal Advisors

   - Region Program Administrators and Advisors

   - At least one NSP instructor in which protected parties (anyone under 18) are present. If the event is held overnight, there must be at least TWO NSP Instructors who have had the training that match the (male/female) demographic. All Adult Chaperones must be trained.


Approved Training Courses

   - Armatus online through Praesidium (free). Contact Member Records

   - (small fee)

   - Scouts BSA youth training program (free)

The Division Director may approve other programs that meet the same standards.


The training is good for three years.

For more information, see the NSP Website. For even more information, read Chapter 13 of the NSP P&P which you can download here.


Updated July 17, 2020

CPR/ BLS requirement modification for the 2020- 2021 season

Based on the special circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic and requirements for social distancing, for the 2020 – 2021 season, NSP patrollers will not be required to complete the annual CPR skills demonstration, as specified in Section of NSP's Policies & Procedures below. All patrollers must still have current credentials in CPR for the Professional Rescuer from an NSP-approved agency. Patrollers must also meet any local protocols for demonstration from their community or area management. 


The P&Ps ( state that:

Members must be: (1) registered in an OEC class, or (2) hold current credentials in OEC, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer from an NSP-approved agency. Approved agencies for CPR training may be found in the OEC Program appendix. As part of the requirements for annual NSP registration, all patrollers, regardless of classification or office held MUST complete the following ANNUAL requirements:


a.    An Outdoor Emergency Care refresher;

CPR skills demonstration to a certified CPR instructor, regardless of the certifying agency's requirements or the expiration date of the card, and must hold a current "Professional-rescuer CPR certification" from an NSP-approved agency;

For CT NSP Regional  information contact:

Skip Mudge

For website information contact: