Course Descriptions

CPS provides field training courses, using in-house and third-party experts, based on the needs of  researchers. In addition to the below courses, we can tailor a course to your group’s needs. Contact the Field Risk Manager to discuss options that may suit your needs.

Arctic Field Training Courses

  • Arctic Field Training: A two-day course provided by Polar Field Services (part of the CPS team) to help researchers prepare for field work in the Arctic. Held at various locations. Training covers cold weather camping, survival techniques, basic first aid, working around aircraft, emergency communications, bears, search-and-rescue procedures and risk management.
  • Arctic Field Training Short Course (held at the Toolik Field Station): Tailored to the needs of attendees, the course lasts two hours to a full day and covers some of the Arctic Field Training topics (described above).
  • Small Boat Training: The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) teaches this three-day course aimed at researchers working in or around water. Covers topics such as inflatable boat and motor use, emergency signaling devices, personal flotation devices, and hypothermia. Students spend time on and in the water during training. Find more information on the AMSEA website:
  • Bear Awareness Training: Topics covered include differences between polar and other bears, bear behavior, and non-lethal deterrents.
  • Wilderness First-Aid Training / Certification: Wilderness first-aid training is different from traditional first-aid training: Wilderness first-aid training prepares us for remote settings with challenging weather, unreliable communications and/or delayed medical or rescue support, limited equipment, and the need to make independent decisions on care and transport. As such it is also useful for situations in which medical services may be compromised by natural or other disasters. We recommend any of the following certifications for researchers and/or their assistants.OtherTraining2014

Many providers offer these courses, so search for one in your area. We suggest you choose an organization that is a contributor or signatory to the Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder Scope of Practice documents, such as WMI – Wilderness Medical Institute, WMA – Wilderness Medical Associates; CWS – Center for Wilderness Safety; WMTC – Wilderness Medicine Training Center; WMO – Wilderness Medicine Outfitters; RMI – Remote Medical International; Desert Mountain Medicine

  • Glacier Travel: If your team is working on glaciers where crevasses or steep terrain are a potential hazard, consider glacier travel or crevasse rescue types of training. You could also look into hiring a mountaineer who could assist with your project and provide training and expertise on safety. CPS can potentially help you with this training depending on location and timing. Otherwise, some organizations that provide glacier skills training are: ICMS – International Mountain Climbing School; RMI – Rainer Mountaineer Incorporated; AAI – American Alpine Institute.
  • Swift Water Travel: If you are going to be working in or near rivers, knowing how to work safely around these water bodies is important.  If you will be working on a boat, you will probably be best served by a swift-water rescue course from one of many providers. Some suggestions are: Rescue 3 International; PRI – Swiftwater-rescue.If you want to know how to safely work around or cross rivers by foot, CPS may be able to help you, or some of the swift-water rescue providers may customize a course for you.
  • Aviation Land and Water Survival School: Learn to Return Training Systems provides this intense look at methods and techniques for surviving aviation accidents in both small and large aircraft. During the two-day course, students experience land and water crash simulations to duplicate impact conditions. Find more information on the Learn to Return Training Systems website.
  • Alaska Oil Field Training: Please read the information provided here.

For field training requests, please contact the Field Risk Manager.

CPS arranges small boat training near researchers who wish to take the course.