Annual Refresher Requirements
Annually, all Alpine patrollers must be re-certified in 4 areas, specifically:
Medical (OEC) Refresher
CPR (see update below for 2020-21 season changes)
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.
The deadline for Division, Region and Patrol Leadership, Program Advisors, Course IORs and Key Instructors is December 31, 2020. Please do not procrastinate!
For more information about this important training, and to submit your completion certificates, please click here to go to the Eastern Division website.
All the details can be found in Chapter 13 of the NSP Policies and Procedures. Here are a few highlights.
Note regarding BSA training
There are two options here. One is "recommended" training, the other is "required" training. For the purposes of NSP's Youth Protection training requirement you must take the "required" training.
Also note that the BSA training is a two-year certification. Armatus and Safesport training are both good for three years.
11/11/20 Update regarding Safesport.org training from Steve Barnes, Gunstock, Pro Division:
"We can now access the SafeSport training through Athletesafety.org. It is a little confusing at first, once you load the page you will be asked to create an account, just name and email. Once you do that there should be a green box in the upper right confirming that you have successfully created an account. Then again in the upper right will be a "sign in" icon. Go to that and try to sign in, from here you will be sent an email with a link to confirm your email address. Then you can sign in and go back access the menu in the upper left scroll to training and take the course. You will have to fill out some additional information and the cost is $20.00"
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 18.104.22.168a 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 (22.214.171.124) 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;