Along with all the practical training, there are basic and special skills for which a skydiver may require to be certified or "endorsed". These endorsements, contain specific training procedures and regulation for such skills as Main Parachute Packing, Water and Night Jumps, Solo Checkout and Relative Work. As a skydiver masters the skills required for each endorsement, they will be tested by an Instructor/Coach/Rigger and "signed off" for that particular activity.
Endorsements are tested by either written testing, verbal questioning and/or practical testing; or a combination of these. The endorsement is tested and signed off by the proper rating holder. A list of the rating holders required for each endorsement is found below. All endorsements for the respective CoP must be obtained prior to writing the CoP exam.
If your logbook does not have an endorsement card, a stick-in page can be obtained from your member group or CSPA office.
Logbook entries for jumps used to meet certificate requirements must be countersigned by a CoP holder who has witnessed the actual jump. Entries must include name, CoP level and number, e.g. R. Parachutist, D-400. A pilot's signature with a Transport Canada license number is not acceptable for certification purposes.
Type of rating required by those holding signing privileges are:
|Endorsement||Required For||Signed By|
|Emergency Procedures||Solo||SSI, SSE|
|Solo Checkout Jump||Solo||JM, PFFI|
|Emergency Procedures Review Solo||Solo||JM, SSI, SSE|
|2 Way FS||A||C2|
|Emergency Procedures Review A||A||JM, SSI, C2, SSE|
|Main Packing||A||JM, SSI, C2, RA|
|Sport Canopy A||A||C2, SSI, SSE|
|Emergency Procedures Review B||B||C2, SSE|
|Sport Canopy B||B||C2, SSE|
|Emergency Procedures Review C||C||C2, SSE|
|Night Jumps||Night Jumps||SSE|
|Water Jumps||Water Jumps||SSE|
Note: The Senior Instructor (SI) will be allowed to certify all endorsements when this rating is implemented.
The above endorsements are only valid when signed in the logbook and on the endorsement card by an appropriate rating holder.
It is the responsibility of the person holding signing privileges to ensure that the candidate has acquired both the practical skills and technical knowledge, to a satisfactory degree, prior to signing the candidate's endorsement card or logbook.
Coach and Instructor strategies for the delivery of these endorsements should be through the effective use of:
Application for the skydivers would be in the form of:
- practical demonstrations
- question & answer
Evaluations would be:
- practical assessments of demonstrations
- technical assessments of written or oral questions
These endorsements are an ongoing process starting shortly after the first jump and continuing until they are all completed at the "C" CoP level.
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