So you have taken a Level I course already?
The two modes of transportation most suited for backcountry riding is a splitboard or a snowmobile. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Route finding is a bit of an art, but for the most part if you keep an inclinometer out you can figure out your safe lines. Of course you need partners. Skinning is not hard. It's pretty much like snowshoeing. Of course you won't be that efficient at it at first, but it will come with time. I would avoid tackling steep switch back terrain at first. Just ask Linville about that one. Sorry Linville...
As far as this program goes. If you need to find partners, this may be a great way to do it. I think you'll be fine with a splitboard. You might have to consider splitting it and trying to ski out if it's flat enough. Not the greatest thing in the world unless you have skiing skills, but not impossible either.