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Domagoj Juretic - Wed, Aug 12 2009 10:26 am

Editor's note: The following is quoted from the first part of PRD 420-1 HPAC/ACVL Instructor Certification Program, PID 115, 2009-08-16, with new item 5h added (highlighted in red).:

Purpose of this Policy and Regulatory Directive

  1. The purpose of this Policy and Regulatory Directive (PRD) is to:
    1. state the aims of the HPAC/ACVL Instructor Certification Program;
    2. describe the HPAC/ACVL Instructor Certification Program; and
    3. specify the requirements to hold an instructor certification.

Aims of the Instructor Certification Program

  1. The aims of the HPAC/ACVL Instructor Certification Program are to ensure that individuals teaching hang gliding and paragliding:
    1. are proficient with the sport they wish to teach; and
    2. have adequate knowledge of instructional techniques.

Disclaimer

  1. To promote effective and safe instruction in Canada, the HPAC/ACVL manages an instructor certification program which ensures that its certified Instructors have met the qualification requirements set forth below. The HPAC/ACVL has no formal association with schools and instructors, other than to certify that they have met qualifications stated herein. The HPAC/ACVL does not specify, regulate or inspect the content and the delivery of instructor courses. The HPAC/ACVL makes no warranty or representations as to the competence, expertise or aptitude of any HPAC/ACVL-certified instructor, although such qualities are informally assessed when an Instructor’s Rating is first applied for.

Types of Instructor Certification

  1. There are two levels of instructor certification: Instructor and Senior Instructor. Instructor ratings are issued separately for hang gliding and paragliding. An individual can hold instructor certifications for hang gliding and paragliding at the same time.

Requirement to Obtain a HPAC/ACVL Instructor Certification

  1. In order to qualify for a HPAC/ACVL Instructor certification for hang gliding or paragliding, candidates must meet the following requirements:
    1. be a member in good standing of the HPAC/ACVL;
    2. be 18 years of age or older;
    3. hold a valid HPAC/ACVL Intermediate rating (or better) and 25 hours airtime (or more) in the desired activity (hang gliding or paragliding);
    4. have a valid first-aid certificate;
    5. have assisted a certified Instructor or Senior Instructor in the desired activity for a minimum of 25 hours;
    6. have completed successfully an Instructor Certification Course of 24-hours duration given by a Senior Instructor certified in the desired activity;
    7. have the recommendation of a Senior Instructor certified in the desired activity;
    8. Have successfully passed the HAGAR examination
  1. In order to sustain their Instructor certification, Instructors must continue to meet the above requirements 5(a), 5(c), and 5(d). In addition, Instructors must:
    1. re-certify every three years:
      1. The month and day of the instructor's initial certification as an instructor shall establish the Recertification Anniversary Date for that instructor. If an instructor's certification has been withdrawn or has expired, the Recertification Anniversary Date shall be re-established upon renewed certification.
      2. Instructors may apply for an extension or grace period of 6 months after their third Recertification Anniversary Date in which they may satisfy the recertification requirement to attend an HPAC/ACVL Instructor Seminar. (This is intended to provide maximum planning flexibility and choice among available Instructor Courses for instructors.) Applications for this extension must be routed through the business manager to the IAC and should be received two months prior to the instructor's recertification date. In this case the recertification will be pre-dated to become effective as of their original Recertification Anniversary Date.
      3. Instructors wishing to re-certify during a period of up to six months prior to their recertification date may do so. In this case the recertification will be post dated to become effective as of their original Recertification Anniversary Date.
      4. If an instructor has not successfully met the requirement for attending an Instructor Course within the allowable time window, then automatically it shall be deemed that, as of the following day, the instructor has failed to meet that particular recertification requirement.
      5. The HPAC/ACVL has a policy intended to assist instructors working in isolated areas to attend re-certification courses. Application for such assistance must be made to the board of directors through the Business Manager.
    2. report all accidents to which they are witness to the HPAC/ACVL Safety Chair;
    3. sell only safe gliders to properly trained individuals;
    4. use helmets, back protectors (paragliders) and safety wheels (hang glider) at all times;
    5. use certified gliders of a suitable size and carry parachutes for high flights.

Requirement to Obtain a HPAC/ACVL Senior Instructor Certification

  1. In order to qualify for a HPAC/ACVL Senior Instructor certification for hang gliding or paragliding, candidates must meet the following requirements:
    1. Be a member in good standing of the HPAC/ACVL;
    2. have a HPAC/ACVL Advanced rating and 100 logged hours of airtime in the desired activity;
    3. have held a valid HPAC/ACVL Instructor rating for a minimum of three years in the desired activity;
    4. have taught a minimum of 100 students that have obtained at least a Student Certificate in the desired activity;
    5. have a valid first-aid certificate;
    6. have assisted a Senior Instructor in conducting an Instructor Certification Seminar for the desired activity;
    7. have the recommendation of a Senior Instructor certified in the desired activity; and
    8. obtain the approbation of the HPAC/ACVL BoD.
    9. Submit a letter of application to the board of directors. As this letter is also a letter of introduction to some of the board, it is recommended that it contain any relevant information the applicant would like the board to know and state why the candidate would like to attain this rating.
  1. In order to retain their Senior Instructor certification, Senior Instructors must continue to meet the above requirements 7(a) and 7(e). In addition, Senior Instructors must:
    1. Conduct at least one HPAC/ACVL Instructor Seminar every three years.
    2. report all accidents to which they are witness to the HPAC/ACVL Safety Chair;
    3. report the number of student taught by them during the year to the Business Manager by 31 December of every year;
    4. sell only safe gliders to properly trained individuals;
    5. use helmets, back protectors (paragliders) and safety wheels (hang glider) at all time; and
    6. use certified gliders of a suitable size and carry parachutes for high flights.

Application for Instructor Certification

  1. The Senior Instructor recommending an instructor or senior instructor candidate is responsible to forward the recommendation and supporting documentation to:
    Instructors Advisory Council Chair
    c/o Business Manager
    (obtain current address here)
  1. The BoD will appoint new Senior Instructors upon receipt of the documented evidence of full compliance with the stated requirements.

Loss of Instructor Rating

  1. An instructor will automatically lose his certification when he stops meeting any of the requirements for sustaining that certification.

HPAC/ACVL Apprentice Instructor

  1. An Apprentice Instructor is an individual that can act as an Instructor while under the supervision of a Certified Instructor or Senior Instructor. Apprentice Instructors may be appointed by certified Instructors or Senior Instructors without the involvement of HPAC/ACVL, provided that they meet the qualification requirements stated herein.
  2. In order to qualify as a HPAC/ACVL Apprentice Instructor for hang gliding or paragliding, the candidate must meet the following qualification requirements:
    1. Be a member in good standing of the HPAC/ACVL; and
    2. hold a valid HPAC/ACVL Novice rating (or better) in the chosen activity.

Responsibilities

  1. The Board of Directors is responsible for appointing new Senior Instructors.
  2. The Business Manager is responsible for appointing Instructors upon the recommendation of a Senior Instructor.
  3. Instructors and Senior Instructors are responsible for appointing Apprentice Instructors.
  4. Senior Instructors are responsible for recommending the appointment of Instructors and senior instructors.

Revised (2009-01-15)- Date of Issue: 2006-11-12 (drafted: 2003-04-02)

Voting:

Do you support an amendment to SOP 420-1 by adding the successfull passage of the HAGAR Examination to SOP 420-1 section 5?

  • Yes (6)
    • 2009-08-12 13:17:26 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba & Nunavut
    • 2009-08-12 15:11:00 Amir Izadi - British Columbia & Yukon
    • 2009-08-12 18:20:57 Michael Fuller - Atlantic Canada
    • 2009-08-12 23:34:52 Bruce Busby - Alberta & NWT
    • 2009-08-13 10:30:30 Domagoj Juretic - Quebec
    • 2009-08-13 11:36:39 Steven Younger - Ontario
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did Not Vote (1)
    • Loren White - Saskatchewan
Resolution:

Approved.

Reference: Board of Directors forum.

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