Only those trainees who have been graded 'A' in the Advance Mountaineering Course from any of the following institutes - NIM, HMI Darjeeling, JIM Pehalgam, ITBP training Auli, MAS Manali and SGMI, Gangtok are eligible for this course.
The course covers Search & Rescue operations in the Himalayas with particular reference to Rescue techniques on rock, snow and ice & wilderness environments. First-aid, Mountain Navigation, Radio Telephony, Liaison with various organizations and their involvement during Rescue operations, Audio and Visual communication signals and evacuation methods including use of helicopters.
The course is primarily intended to assist the district authorities and other organizations to establish their own Search & Rescue cells in times of a natural disaster. IHCAE is presently one of the few institutes in India conducting this course.