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Prerequisites:

  • 16+ years old
  • Member of PSIA-AASI – JOIN TODAY!
  • New for 2023/2024 Season: In order to take a Level 1 Exam, all candidates must complete an approved course of on-hill training. This training must be completed prior to registering for your Level 1 Exam. This prerequisite can be satisfied by participating in training at your home resort (as long as your member school affiliation is listed in your profile), or by completing the Introduction to PSIA-AASI Snowsports courses available in the Western Region events calendar. Please be aware, if you attempt to register for your exam prior to completing this prerequisite, you may be removed from the registration list and/or asked to leave the exam.

Pathway:

Step 1: Complete the Alpine Level 1 E-Learning Course (free!) – please allow 24-hours for your profile to update before attempting to register.

Step 2: Attend Level 1 training at your home resort or complete Introduction to PSIA-AASI Snowsports course

Step 3: Register for and successfully complete the 2-day Alpine Level 1 Exam

*Exceptions to the prerequisites and pathway can only be made through petition.

The Alpine Level 1 Certification Exam is the first step in furthering your ski instructor career. The event covers teaching and skiing demonstrations, movement analysis, and technical knowledge to meet our National Standards for Level I Certification.

Come prepared to enhance your skills as a teacher and as a skier, as well as becoming more familiar with the resources that are available to you in both online and printed material.

Successful candidates will become a Certified Level I Instructor. Obtaining a Level 1 Certification allows you to participate in Specialist Assessments for Children’s, Senior’s, and Freestyle.

Prerequisites:

  • Maintain a current membership with PSIA-AASI
  • Alpine Level 1 OR Level 2 Certification in ANY other discipline

Pathway:

Step 1: Register for and successfully complete the 2-day Alpine Level 2 Ski Exam

Step 2: Pass the online Alpine Level II Professional Knowledge Exam ($20) – please allow 24-hours for your profile to update before attempting to register.

Step 3: Register for and successfully complete the 2-day Alpine Level 2 Teach Exam

*Exceptions to the prerequisites and pathway can only be made through petition.

The Alpine Level 2 Certification Exam is geared to teaching student levels from beginner through the intermediate zone.

The instructor is expected to be able to teach on green terrain, blue terrain including bumps and off-piste, and moderate groomed black terrain.

The exam consists of multiple parts. The candidate must pass all portions in order to become Level 2 certified.

Alpine Level 2 Ski Exam

The 2-day, Level 2 Ski Exam includes a skiing assessment & feedback from the examiner on how your performance stands in comparison to the National Standards.

Alpine Level 2 Teach Exam

The 2-day, Level 2 Teach Exam includes a teaching assessment, feedback, and coaching from the examiner to meet the National Standards.

Candidates will be evaluated on their use of the Teaching model, ability to communicate, demonstrations, use of methodology “tools”, tasks, drills, exercises, and overall instructor presence.

Candidates will be asked to teach adults and children ATS levels 1-9. Scoring for this event is pass or fail. Essential elements of all teaching demonstrations must appear regularly at a satisfactory level to pass.

Note: The level 2 exam consists of 3-parts. Please view the “Prerequisites & Pathway” above for the requirements to become Level 2 Certified.

Course Schedules are subject to change due to terrain, weather, crowds, group size, snow conditions, etc. Please use this information as a rough guideline. Alpine L2 Ski & Teach Exams Day 1

8:30am – Meet your clinician leader at the designated meeting location (a confirmation email noting the location will be emailed to you the day prior)

9:00am – 4:00pm – Plan to be on snow (lunch break will be provided)

Day 2

8:30am – Meet your clinician leader at the designated meeting location

9:00am – 4:00pm – Plan to be on snow (lunch break will be provided)

Prerequisites:

  • Maintain a current membership with PSIA-AASI
  • Alpine Level 2 OR Level 3 Certification in ANY other discipline

Pathway:

Step 1: Register for and successfully complete the 2-day Alpine Level 3 Ski Exam

Step 2: Pass the online Alpine Level III Professional Knowledge Exam ($20) – please allow 24-hours for your profile to update before attempting to register.

Step 3: Register for and successfully complete the 2-day Alpine Level 3 Teach Exam

*Exceptions to the prerequisites and pathway can only be made through petition.

The Alpine Level 3 Certification Exam is geared to teaching student levels from beginner through the advance zone.

The instructor is expected to be able to teach on all terrain under all conditions. The exam consists of multiple parts.

The candidate must pass all three parts in order to become Level 3 certified. A level 3 prep course is strongly recommended before beginning the level 3 exam process.

Alpine Level 3 Ski Exam

The 2-day, Level 3 Ski Exam includes a skiing assessment & feedback from the examiner on how your performance stands in comparison to the National Standards. (12-CEU’s)

Alpine Level 3 Teach Exam

The 2-day, Level 3 Teach Exam includes a teaching assessment, feedback, and coaching from the examiner to meet the National Standards.

Candidates will be evaluated on their use of the Teaching model, ability to communicate, demonstrations, use of methodology “tools”, tasks, drills, exercises, and overall instructor presence.

Candidates will be asked to teach adults and children ATS levels 1-9. Scoring for this event is pass or fail. Essential elements of all teaching demonstrations must appear regularly at a satisfactory level to pass. (12-CEU’s)

Note: The level 3 exam consists of 3-parts. Please view the “Prerequisites & Pathway” above for the requirements to become Level 3 Certified.

Course Schedules are subject to change due to terrain, weather, crowds, group size, snow conditions, etc. Please use this information as a rough guideline.

Alpine L3 Ski & Teach Exams Day 1

8:30am – Meet your clinician leader at the designated meeting location (a confirmation email noting the location will be emailed to you the day prior)

9:00am – 4:00pm – Plan to be on snow (lunch break will be provided)

Day 2

8:30am – Meet your clinician leader at the designated meeting location

9:00am – 4:00pm – Plan to be on snow (lunch break will be provided)

  • Maintain a current membership with PSIA-AASI
  • Alpine Level 2 or 3 Certification
*Exceptions to the prerequisites can only be made through petition.

The Resort Trainer course is offered across the Division to help support and develop Resort Trainers.

Open to all Certified level 2 and level 3 Instructors interested in becoming a Resort Trainer at their Snowsports School.

This course is where trainers will develop the skills needed to run clinics at their home resort and stay current with professional education.

The course offerings are catered to meet the training needs of the member schools, including updates on certification standards and ski/riding techniques.

Course Schedules are subject to change due to terrain, weather, crowds, group size, snow conditions, etc. Please use this information as a rough guideline. Alpine Resort Trainer Ski & Teach Exams Day 1

8:30am – Meet your clinician leader at the designated meeting location (a confirmation email noting the location will be emailed to you the day prior)

9:00am – 4:00pm – Plan to be on snow (lunch break will be provided)

Day 2

8:30am – Meet your clinician leader at the designated meeting location

9:00am – 4:00pm – Plan to be on snow (lunch break will be provided)

  • Develop skills as a Trainer
  • Work alongside the Division’s leading Trainers
  • Receive updates on Programs and Certification
  • Information needed to effectively train Instructors at Member Schools
  • Current techniques and training methodology
  • Forum for In-House Programs and Resorts Training Curriculum

Prerequisites:

  • Maintain a current membership with PSIA-AASI
  • Alpine Level 3 Certification
  • Having attended the Western Resort Trainer Course at least once within the past two seasons

Pathway:

Step 1: Registerfor and successfully complete the 2-day Regional Trainer, Part 1 course

Step 2: Register for and successfully complete the 2-day Regional Trainer, Part 2 course

*Exceptions to the prerequisites and pathway can only be made through petition.

The PSIA-­AASI West Advanced Trainer course is a training and evaluation process that introduces a competent Level 3 instructor to the theories and practices of becoming a successful trainer of instructors in the Western Division.

Becoming a trainer is not simply a case of sitting one more exam after passing the Level III Certification. While training has many components of teaching and relies on strong teaching abilities, there are significant differences between teaching students and training instructors which this course highlights.

Candidates working through this program must have a strong teaching background and experience in teaching at all levels. Candidates must also have the opportunity to present clinics to instructors at their home resorts in order to practice the skills necessary to develop into successful trainers and pass the certification exam.

This course is for any fully certified instructor who has extensive experience training and wants to be recognized as a competent trainer in the Western Region.

This course will help guide participants in understanding and applying the difference between skill sets for teaching a lesson as an instructor versus leading a clinic as a trainer.

This course can also act as a stepping stone for people who want to grow their clinician and presentation skills for their career development pathway.

The four-day course consists of a Training Day, an Assessment Day, and a two-day Evaluation.

Participants must attend all days and meet all aspects of the Regional Trainer Standards to successfully complete the course and be acknowledged as a Western Advanced Trainer.

However, no matter the results of the evaluation, participants are considered to be active and integral parts of the organization's Trainers network.

Course Schedules are subject to change due to terrain, weather, crowds, group size, snow conditions, etc. Please use this information as a rough guideline. Alpine Resort Trainer Course, Part 1 (Prep) Day 1 – Training Day

8:30am – Meet your clinician leader at the designated meeting location (a confirmation email noting the location will be emailed to you the day prior)

9:00am – 4:00pm – Plan to be on snow (lunch break will be provided)

Break group into pairs. Have everybody watch ski/ride performance and body performance first on the landing of hop turns. Share observations with group. Then on the takeoff maneuver in leapers, share observations with group. Then the shaping phase only of extension retraction turns, share observations with group.

Next have everybody give a 10 to 15 minute clinic to the rest of the group on their weakness, and how to improve upon it. At the end of each clinic a quick discussion about areas needing improvement (pretty consistently this was make sure you chose the drill or movement patterns that best highlights your topic, i.e. to work on precision on blocking pole plants use short swing turns rather than short radius turns) and areas addressed well.

Day 2 – Assessment Day

8:30am – Meet your clinician leader at the designated meeting location

9:00am – 4:00pm – Plan to be on snow (lunch break will be provided)

Assign a topic to them the morning of based off a large picture weakness in their skiing and have them present a 30-minute clinic to the group. Discuss the differences between a clinic and a lesson, for example how you talk with the group, how you lay out your drills and how you check for understanding. At the end of each clinic discuss how they performed and what they did well and where to improve.

End of day: give everybody goals for clinics and personal skiing to work on before next training days.

Alpine Divisional Trainer Course, Part 2 (Exam) Day 1 – Evaluation Day

8:30am – Meet your clinician leader at the designated meeting location (a confirmation email noting the location will be emailed to you the day prior)

9:00am – 4:00pm – Plan to be on snow (lunch break will be provided)

Have everybody present a 30-minute clinic off the prepared clinic list on DTA handout. Feedback at end of clinic.

Day 2 – Evaluation Day

8:30am – Meet your clinician leader at the designated meeting location

9:00am – 4:00pm – Plan to be on snow (lunch break will be provided)

Have everybody present a 30-minute clinic off the prepared clinic list on DTA handout. Feedback at end of clinic.

End of day:

Sit down with each person individually and discuss pathway towards ed staff for them. The four areas everybody needs to complete are: CS2, 500 word article of our choosing (designed to make them explore an area of weakness), shadow a level 1 exam, and continue to improve and meet skiing and clinic feedback. If seeking employment, upon completion of all said requirements, request an interview with Alpine VP by emailing PSIA-W office.