Q: How should I start to build my course, or what should my course look like?
A: Although there are nine learning outcomes required in the On Snow Trainer Guidelines, keep in mind your school can adapt these learning outcomes around the operations of your resort. For example, some other ideas to add to your in-house program could include having the candidates attend a resort orientation, meet with the school director or general manager, or possibly learn about other resort operations and meeting with the head of those departments. Your school may want to build a three-day program, or instead, create a six to eight-week course and develop this program as a product offered by the resort’s snowsports school. PSIA-AASI recommends that you build your program around the needs of your snowsport school and resort. Remember, as long as the minimum requirements are met, your school has the flexibility to build and shape this program to meet your local workforce needs.
Q: Who can deliver this product in our ski and ride school?
A: The clinics must be delivered by a PSIA-AASI certified Level II instructor in any discipline. If your school does not have a Level II instructor available to train, trainers are available through your PSIA-AASI division. Each school can determine who the trainer will be at your ski and ride school to deliver this product.
Q: What’s the required minimum of hours with a trainer needed to complete this program?
A: A total of 12 training hours with a school trainer are required. PSIA-AASI recommends that your training be movement-based, be fun and exciting, so that participants are inspired and want to come back to work in the outdoor industry and at your school.
Q: What is required for those 12 hours of training?
A: The 12 hours of training can happen on snow, be movement-based, and model an experiential approach to learning. We highly recommend you structure your 12 hours of training around the Guide for New Instructors.
Q: How much does this course cost?
A: The course costs $25 for the participant. It’s up to the school and the resort to determine if you would like to subsidize this for the participants.
Q: Is there a minimum or maximum age range to participate in this certificate program?
A: No, PSIA-AASI does not have a minimum or maximum age range. Setting those parameters for participation is up to each school, resort, or participating program. PSIA-AASI looks to partner with schools, in that the schools can offer programming to pre-teens and teens to grow the overall snowsports workforce industry. This course also has the potential to be developed into a product that the schools sell or provide to future employees or current employees. The way schools create their programs will depend on their resort’s employment policies as well as their state’s employment guidelines. PSIA-AASI created this Junior Instructor Certificate program with many options to provide flexibility to the school and resort when recruiting participants and delivering this program on a local level. PSIA-AASI believes that focusing the program on pre-teens and teens is essential to the overall growth in the snowsports workforce.