The Senior Program requires candidates to meet several requirements by area, plus have taken some of the elective programs to round out their senior resume. A Senior Patroller must have four, a Senior Alpine must have a minimum of three. The list of all currently approved electives can be found on the nsp.org website under the Policy and Procedures Manual, in Appendix G. and in the national Senior Program manual. Approved electives listed as of Jan 2016 follow.
Senior Elective List per Senior Manual
Each division has the option to require one of the following electives for its members. These electives represent the approved education* and leadership** credentials.
- Instructor Development Course
- Mountain Travel and Rescue Fundamentals Course or Mountain Travel and Rescue 1 Course
- Mountain Travel and Rescue 2 Course
- Introduction to Avalanche Safety and Rescue*
- Standard Level 1 Avalanche Course or Level 1 Avalanche for Rescue Personnel Course
- Level 2 Avalanche for Rescue Personnel*
- Patroller Education Conference (PEC- all sessions)
- National Avalanche School didactic sessions
- Skiing Enhancement Seminar
- Ski Trainer’s Workshop
- Toboggan Enhancement Seminar
- Snowboard Enhancement Seminar
- Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Enhancement Seminar (two modules equal one senior elective)
- Patroller Enrichment Seminar
- NSP Leadership Module or equivalent course approved by the BOD
- NSP Instructor Status (any discipline)**
- NSP Instructor Trainer Appointment (any discipline)
- PSIA/AASI Level II
- PSIA/AASI Level III
- BLS CPR Instructor or Instructor Trainer Certification (American Heart Association, American Red Cross, National Safety Council, American Safety and Health Institute, or Medic First Aid)**
- Courses approved in accordance with Policies and Procedures
Summary per the national P&P
Senior Elective List
a) Education Courses i. Instructor Development; ii. Mountain Travel and Rescue Fundamentals or Mountain Travel and Rescue 1; iii. Mountain Travel and Rescue 2 (required for Senior Nordic candidates); iv. Introduction to Avalanche Safety and Rescue; v. Standard or Level 1 Avalanche, or Level 1 Avalanche for Rescue Personnel; vi. Level 2 Avalanche for Rescue Personnel; vii. National Avalanche School didactic sessions; viii. National Avalanche School field sessions; ix. Skiing Enhancement Seminar; x. Ski Trainer’s Workshop; xi. Toboggan Enhancement Seminar; xii. Toboggan Trainer’s Workshop; xiii. OEC Enhancement Seminar (two modules equal one Senior elective); and xiv. Patroller Education Conference.
b) Leadership Courses i. Patroller Enrichment Seminar; ii. NSP leadership module; iii. NSP instructor status (any discipline); iv. NSP instructor trainer appointment (any discipline); v. Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) or American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) Certified Level II or higher; and vi. BLS CPR instructor or instructor trainer certification (American Heart Association, American Red Cross, National Safety Council, American Safety and Health Institute, or Medic First Aid).
c) Division Optional Electives i. One elective may come from a list of approved division electives. The division director or a committee appointed by the division director shall have the option of reviewing educational programs available within the division and determining if they should be accepted for Senior elective credit. Each elective must be an educational course that enhances the student’s ability to perform ski patrol duties, must be at least eight hours in length, and must be taught by a credentialed instructor. The applicable national education program director must accept content by submitting the appropriate form for NSP Education Committee approval for each elective before holding the class.