The Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) Learning Management System (LMS) is an online learning platform designed to enable rescue mountaineers to gain accreditation in various rescue-related training topics.  The MRA provides this program free of charge to users worldwide.

    Available courses

    This program is designed to provide introductory information to assist search
    and rescue personnel to realize a better understanding of operational stress injuries that rescuers may be exposed to as part of SAR activities. The content provides a foundation of knowledge for the novice as well as an experienced responder.

    At the conclusion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Understand the formation of Stress Injuries
    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of various stages along the Rescuer Stress Continuum
    • Identify the Five Principles for incident recovery
    • Develop tools that will help the rescuer increase capacity for stress while mitigating survival and numbing tools, in order to move lower on the Stress Continuum


    To achieve the Certificate of Completion, participants must review each of the three lessons, complete a comprehension quiz after each lesson, and score 80% or better on the final exam.


    This program is designed to provide the introductory information required by mountain rescue and search and rescue personnel for safe operation in and around helicopters. The program also provides a tool for annual review for the experienced responder.


    This material is designed for search and rescue professionals that work occasionally with helicopters in their search and/or rescue operations.

    At the conclusion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Recognize key issues that contribute to effective use of helicopters in search and rescue,
    • Understand the basic functions and operation of helicopters,
    • Identify key elements of aerodynamics, helicopter design and controls, and
    • Implement helicopter management and safety precautions.


    To achieve the Certificate  of Completion, participants must review each of the five Lessons, complete a Comprehension Quiz after each lesson, and score 80% or better on the Final  Exam.


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    This program is designed as a follow-up to the "Helicopters in Search and Rescue - Basic Level" course provided in the MRA Education Basecamp.  It provides more advanced information required by search and rescue personnel for safe helicopter management. The program also provides a tool for annual review for the experienced rescue leaders.

    This material is designed for search and rescue professionals that work frequently with helicopters and helicopter management in their search and/or rescue operations.

    At the conclusion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Understand essential elements of helicopter operations within the Incident Command System (ICS)
    • Identify several key elements of helicopter landing and takeoff areas; and,
    • Understand helicopter and heliport management.

    To achieve the Certificate  of Completion, participants must review each of the five Lessons, complete a Comprehension Quiz after each lesson, and score 80% or better on the Final  Exam.

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    This program is designed to provide an introduction into the concept of Situational Awareness, and its critical role in safe and effective search and rescue operations.

    This material is designed for search and rescue professionals at all levels of experience from novice to veteran.

    At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:

    • Identify the three stages of Situational Awareness,
    • Understand seven key factors that reduce Situational Awareness,
    • Recognize common errors in Situational Awareness, and
    • Identify ways to avoid the loss of Situational Awareness 

    To achieve the Certificate  of Completion, participants must review each of the five Lessons, complete a Comprehension Quiz after each lesson, and score 80% or better on the Final  Exam.

    Photo: © Charley Shimanski.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


    The Mountain Rescue Association, a national non-profit membership association dedicated to saving lives through rescue and mountain safety education, has developed this course to be used by any rescue organization that may be required to respond to backcountry rescue operations. 

    At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:
     
    1.       Identify how mother nature, physical elements, mental and emotional elements, and external influences contribute to risk in rescue operations

    2.      Understand other external hazards affecting risks in rescues

    3.      Understand methods to reduce risk on the basis of the elements presented

    To achieve the Certificate  of Completion, participants must review each of the five Lessons, complete a Comprehension Quiz after each lesson, and score 80% or better on the Final  Exam.

    Photo: © Howard Paul.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED