Senior Program

Joe Hardwood

OET Advisor
Joe Harwood
738 Aspen St.
Springfield, 97477
Res: 541-543-5788

Senior OET Page

Laurie Coventry

Senior OEC Chairperson
Senior OEC Training Coordinator (STC)

Laurie Coventry
PO Box 94
Shedd, OR 97377
Res: 541-491-1204

Information for Senior Program Candidates


Check up the updated PNWD Senior candidate Guidebook PNWD Senior candidate Guidebook.


NSP members may enroll in the senior program at any time after advancing beyond candidate status and after obtaining their NSP patrol representation’s recommendation. There is no minimum age or experience requirement. Eligibility for senior program is based on NSP member classification.

Senior candidates completing elective courses or participating in instructor trainer courses must provide proof of participation through a certificate of completion or a current instructor authorization certificate. Proof of completion also appears on the membership card and the member’s personal page on the NSP website.

A senior candidate need only complete the senior OEC component one time. In other words, a candidate who completes the SrEOC core component but does not complete the skiing or toboggan handling need not repeat the SrEOC component in the next effort to achieve senior certification.

Program Goals:

Approved program goals for all senior program classifications are listed in The Ski Patroller’s Manual, 14th edition.

Core Components

  1. The senior OEC component consists of field-relevant exercises to develop skills in the objectives of decision making, problem management, and leadership. Three options are available for the evaluation process and can be referenced in The Ski Patroller’s Manual, 14th edition, Chapter 18.
  2. The senior alpine (skiing/snowboarding) component consists of long-, medium- and short-radius turns, skiing/snowboarding unpacked snow or icy conditions, and equipment carry exercises that require edging, weight transfer, and upper and lower body movements. The objective is to help patrollers become better alpine skiers/snowboarders and toboggan handlers.
  3. The senior alpine toboggan handling component covers mechanics and components of various rescue toboggans as well as the operation of loaded and unloaded toboggans from the front and tail in a variety of snow conditions an more difficult slopes.

Important information regarding out of region testing

  1. Any Senior Candidate who has failed a final evaluation from another Region’s Senior Program can not attend the Wy’east/Oregon Region’s Senior final evaluation.
  2. A Senior Candidate who can not attend the final evaluation of their Region’s Senior Program due to scheduling conflict or another viable reason, may be able to attend the Wy’east/Oregon Region final. Approval will be determined by the disciplines’ coordinators and upon available space.

For more information please download the Senior Program Information Packet.


Oregon Region OEC Module of the Senior Program
Dates and Requirements

Information session for the OEC Module of the Senior Program:

For the upcoming 2017/2018 season, the OEC Module of the Senior Program will not be a joint effort with Wy’East for the clinic and final. Wy’East is not doing the OEC Module of the Senior Program this round. The clinic will be sponsored by Oregon Region on January 20 to be held at Hoodoo. The final will also be sponsored by Oregon region on April 14 and will be held at again at Hoodoo. The number of participants will again be limited to 18 candidates as more that that number becomes difficult to manage in the clinic and final.

Notification of candidates planning on doing OEC Module of the Senior Program:

Jan. 2, 2018: Last day to notify the Senior Training Coordinator (STC) (Laurie Coventry) of the number of Senior candidates and submit the paperwork for them (see below). We are limiting the number to 18 candidates total. We are again participating with Wy’East for the clinic and final.

Jan. 15, 2018: STC must have completed an Application to Conduct an OEC Module of the Senior Program Evaluation and return it to the Division OEC Supervisor (Laurie’s job to have completed).

Candidate Paperwork:

I need to have items 1, 3, and 4 below completed by Jan. 2 and sent to me by either email or snail mail. And you should be working on the other items to prep for the clinic. Also please let me know of your planned training dates and if other areas are welcome to join.

All candidates must complete paperwork as required by the OEC Module of the Senior Program; Senior Training Coordinators Guidelines:

  1. “Senior Candidate Application,” signed by the patrol director/NSP Rep. (Appendix C in the Senior Manual). (Due to me by Dec. 31)
  2. “Completion Log for OEC Basic Skills performance Check-Off,” signed by appropriate NSP Instructors (Appendix C in the Senior Manual). (Due to me by Jan. 23 – can bring to the clinic or email ahead)
  3. A copy of their current, valid OEC Card. (Due to me by Dec. 31)
  4. A copy of their current, valid NSP Card. (Due to me by Dec. 31)
  5. Written answers to two scenarios from the Ski Patrollers Manual (Appendix G). (Due to me by Jan. 23)
  6. One original scenario created by the candidate, level 5/6 in the correct format following the Scenario Scoring Matrix (Appendix C in the Senior Manual). (Due to me by Jan. 23). I have attached a template to make it easier for the candidates to complete in the correct format.
  7. Pass four documented and scored Senior level scenarios by April 18, 2016.

Clinic and Final Testing Dates:

Jan. 20, 2018: OEC Module of the Senior Program Clinic at Hoodoo

Apr. 14, 2018: OEC Module of the Senior Program Final at Hoodoo

The evaluators need to be SROEC T/E certified. This also applies to the four Senior level scenario passes that need to be completed prior to the final.

Download template SROEC scenario


Oregon Region Transportation Schedule 2016-2017

Senior Clinic Training Dates

Please email us and let us know what clinics you plan on attending. Getting accurate head count helps us to have the proper amount of equipment for the clinic. Also please register for the course on the website. Step by step instructions are below.

  • Jan 21 — Wy’East Region @ Mt Hood Medows. Course # 53170003
  • Jan 28 — Mt. Ashland. Course # 024160009
  • Feb 4 — Willamette Pass. Course # 024170004
  • Feb 18 — Hoodoo. Course # 024170005
  • Mar 12 — Senior OET Finals Oregon Region @(Mt. Hood Medows). Course # 53170008 (Skiing), Course # 53170009 (Toboggan)

Region, PNWD Divison and National Clinics

  • Feb 25-26 — Our two day region clinic at Mt Bachelor. Course # 024170006 (TES), Course # 024170007 (CEC), Course # 024170008 (SES)
  • June 2-4 — Hood Nuts and Bolts

To sign up for an NSP course you can follow these steps:
1. Log in to the NSP Website using your username and password
2. Click on “Member Resources”
3. Click on “Course Schedule”
4. Enter the “Course Number” in the Box
5. Click “Find”
6. Click on the “Course title” and this should automatically sign you up for the course.

If you have any questions regarding these clinics please contact Dan Bolduc Oregon Region Transportation Advisor or Joe Harwood Oregon Region Transportation Assistant We are looking forward to a great season.