The VSAR has an Academy for all the volunteers, new and old. Its a 3-day basic SAR academy starting in March 2018. The academy follows a ERI training model which starts on a Friday and ends on Sunday, with an over night expectation in a self-made shelter on Saturday. Every volunteer is required to attend though there will be make up sessions for missed classes.
There are special training classes (snowmobile, ATV, field, search management, command post, etc.) that are given other times of the year. Some of the training classes that the volunteers attend will certify them as an instructor for that class. They can be requested to give classes to other volunteers or the public.
Volunteers can attend classes to prepare them to be volunteer as one of the three levels of searcher: Base, Base Field and Field. After successful completion of the Academy volunteers will be certified for work at the level of classes they have completed.