Policy Notice to Candidates:

PSIA-AASI is committed to providing access to those persons with disabilities during the clinic and examination process. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. Various states may have broader definitions.

If you feel you have such a disability and seek a reasonable accommodation during the testing process we need to know this well before the examination so we can work together to create, if possible, the accommodation which will allow you to take the exam under conditions that maintain safety for all involved.

If you seek an accommodation, please contact the division office four weeks before the clinic or examination (or as soon as the need for the accommodation is apparent), and notify them of your request for an accommodation and make this request in writing.

PSIA-AASI may seek medical or other guidance to address the most appropriate accommodation to assess the need and type of accommodation requested, so if this is applicable to you please be prepared with that information.

Please Note:

The association does not have to provide a reasonable accommodation if doing so will be an undue hard- ship, or compromises safety of anyone involved in the examination process. Undue hardship means significant difficulty or expense, significant disruption of the association, or a change to the basic nature of the fundamental skills being tested.

If the person with a disability asks for a reasonable accommodation that is an undue hardship for your association, or compromises safety, the association will determine if there is another accommodation that is less burdensome, more safe, and/or less expensive.

If you are a Certified Member, you may participate in the assessment process of another discipline at the same level of certification that you hold in your primary discipline. To do so, you must first petition and get approval from the host division. Then, you must participate in any or all prerequisites required by the host division before taking the assessment.

The Certified Member Cross Discipline Policy does not apply to adaptive certification assessments. If you’d like to participate in an adaptive certification assessment at the same level as your current certification in another discipline, you must contact you PSIA-AASI division for more details about the adaptive certification process.

Example:

If you are a Certified Member with your Alpine Level II you may participate in the Telemark Level II assessment after you complete the Telemark Level II assessment prerequisites. In this example, you do not need to complete your Telemark Level I as you already have your Alpine Level II.

The following Code of Conduct has been developed to help members of all divisions achieve a level of personal conduct and standards of behavior that is consistent with the position and professional expectations of instructors across the country.

Who this applies to: All PSIA-AASI members, member schools, and volunteers, including PSIAAASI’s Division and National board members and officers (all of which are collectively referred to below as “members”).

When this applies: At all times the above groups are involved with PSIA-AASI or are in a position to affect PSIA-AASI’s standing within the snowsports industry or with the general public.

  1. Members shall conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with practicing safety, risk awareness, professionalism, a high standard of integrity, self-control, and responsible behavior.
  2. Members shall comply with all applicable rules and policies of their division and the association, including but not limited to their bylaws and conflict of interest policy.
  3. Members shall not accept any gratuity, gift, or favor that might impair or appear to influence their professional decisions or actions.
  4. Members shall not engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
  5. Members shall not engage in illegal conduct.
  6. Member shall not engage in harassment of any kind against a resort guest, resort employee, a member of the general public, PSIA-AASI association employees, volunteers, contractors or another member.
  7. Members shall not discriminate against any member or any other person on account of race, religion, age, creed, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or nationality.
  8. Members shall not conduct themselves in a manner which would bring discredit to the association or any division.
  9. Members shall not abuse any privilege that may be extended as a result of their membership from industry partners, such as equipment manufacturers, distributors, retailers, resorts, or other professional groups.
  10. Members shall not allow the use of their name or likeness in such manner as to misrepresent or otherwise mislead the public concerning any given product or service.
  11. Members shall not misrepresent themselves in any way to the organization, for instance, their professional status, competence, or experience.

Deviation from this Code may result in disciplinary action up to and including the loss of the member’s credentials, National/Divisional membership, or position on the Board of Directors.

As a Certified Member you must take a minimum of 6 continuing education units (CEUs) every membership year. A membership year begins July 1 and ends June 30, for example, July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.

If you take more than 6 CEUs in one membership year, those additional hours will be applied towards the CEU requirement for your next membership year. Please note that extra CEUs will carry over for just one membership year.

Certified Lifetime Members are exempt from the CEU policy.

As a Certified Member, if you don’t meet the above CEU guidelines:

  • Your primary PSIA-AASI division will assess you a delinquency fee at the end of every membership year you do not meet the CEU requirements. This fee will appear on your membership dues renewal.
  • Your primary PSIA-AASI division will update your membership status – what you see on your member card – to reflect certified inactive status until you obtain the required amount of CEUs. When you complete your CEUs, you’ll return to certified active status. Please note that certified inactive and certified active describe your member status and not your membership type. These are subcategories of Certified Members.

As a certified inactive status member you have 4 years to achieve your CEU requirements. To return to certified active status, you’ll need to obtain this number of CEUs per year:

  • 1 year: 12 CEUs
  • 2 years: 18 CEUs
  • 3 years: 24 CEUs
  • 4 years: 24 CEUs

If you are unable to obtain enough CEUs to move back into the certified active status at the end of 4 years, your PSIA-AASI division will change your membership type to Alumni Member.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS   

If you’re anticipating that you can’t maintain or pursue your CEU requirements due to personal reasons (e.g. medical issues, military obligations, moving to another country) you have two options:

  1. You can apply for a waiver from your primary PSIA-AASI division.
  2. -OR- If you know you’ll be inactive for more than one year and you meet the Alumni Member criteria, you can move to the Alumni Member category. You’ll receive discounted membership dues, you won’t need to maintain your CEUs, and when you’re ready to change your membership to Certified Member, just follow the reinstatement policy for Alumni Members.

EXAMPLE A:

July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 season: You didn’t earn any CEUs (zero/0) this season. At the end of the season, you’ll see a delinquency fee on your membership dues renewal statement and you’ll notice that you’re listed as a certified inactive status for the 2021-2022 season. You’ll need to then earn a minimum of 12 CEUs in the next 2021 – 2022 season to return to certified active status.

First-Year Inactive Status: 2021-2022 (12 CEUs Required): At the end of the season, you didn’t earn 12 CEUs to return to in the certified active status. You’ll see a delinquency fee on your membership dues renewal statement and your status will remain certified inactive status. You’ll need to then earn 18 CEUs in the 2022-2023 season to return to certified active status.

Second-Year Inactive Status: 2022-2023 (18 CEUs Required): At the end of the season, you didn’t earn 18 CEUs to return to the certified active status. You’ll see a delinquency fee on your membership dues renewal statement and your status remains in certified inactive status. You’ll need to then earn 24 CEUs in the 2023-2024 season to return to certified active status.

Third-Year Inactive Status: 2023-2024 (24 CEUs Required): At the end of the season, you didn’t earn 24 CEUs to return to active status. You’ll see a delinquency fee on your membership dues renewal statement and your status remains certified inactive. You’ll need to earn 24 CEUs in the 2024-2025 season to return to certified active status.

Fourth-Year Inactive Status: 2024-2025 (24 CEUs Required): At the end of the season, you didn’t earn 24 CEUs to return to active status. You’ll see a delinquency fee on your membership dues renewal statement and your status remains in a certified inactive status.

At the end of your the fourth membership year of an inactive status (2024-2025 season), you’ll automatically move to the Alumni Member category.

EXAMPLE B:

July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 season: You earns 2 CEUs. You’ll still see a delinquency fee on your membership due renewal statement, and you’re status is changed to inactive at the end of the season.

First-Year Inactive Status: 2021-2022 (12 CEUs Required): Inactive CEU requirement for the first season is 12 and you earned 2 CEUs from the previous season. You can apply your 2 CEUs to the 12 needed for this season. Now, you only need to take and complete 10 CEUs to return to certified active status.

Instead of getting 10, you earned 6 CEUs this season. At the end of this season, you’ll be assessed another fee on your membership dues renewal statement, remain inactive, and must earn 10 CEUs for the next season (second-year inactive is 18 CEUs, you’ve earned 6 + 2 = 8).

Second-Year Inactive Status: 2022-2023 (18 CEUs Required): You now need 10 CEUs (18 – 8 = 10) to return to certified active status. You earn 10 CEUs during this season and PSIA-AASI’s member database (AMS) automatically changes your membership status to certified active.

At the end of this season, you’ll remain active, you won’t see a delinquency fee on your dues statement, and now you’ll just be required to earn the standard 6 CEUs the following season.

A PSIA-AASI member is allowed to transfer their primary membership to any of the 8 divisions across the country. In order to do this the member will contact the division they wish to transfer to and adhere to the below fee if applicable.

A $25.00 transfer fee will be required by division in which the member is transferring into for mid-season transfers. Transfer fees will not be required if done at yearly dues billing.

The organization’s mission is to cooperate with the American Snowsports Education Association (ASEA), Inc., a nonprofit corporation, in educating ski and snowboard instructors or potential ski and snowboard instructors in all aspects of ski and snowboard instruction, education, and coaching including; to carry on and sponsor education and related activities designed to improve knowledge, understanding, and application of theories and techniques about ski and snowboard instruction and coaching; to carry on scientific research concerning the development of ski and snowboard instruction methods; to produce and publish scientific, technical or other publication designed to promote and advance skiing, snowboarding, and related instruction, and to enlist public interest, cooperation and support in carrying out these purposes, recognizing that public skiing and snowboarding enjoyment, education, and safety is improved by meeting these goals.

The foregoing is to be carried on in a manner designed to promote the advantages of skiing and snowboarding and the education of competent and qualified ski and snowboard instructors without profit to the ASEA.

The Foundation generally supports only Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) non-profit public charities and universities that are organized and operated within the United States. Grant requests from for-profit corporations will typically not be considered, and requests from individuals will not be considered unless pursuant to a Foundation individual grant program. Also, the Foundation does not provide support for overhead in grants made to universities, colleges, and other similar institutions. Overhead includes, but is not limited to, insufficiently specified and/or insufficiently detailed overhead costs (e.g., a requirement that a fixed percentage of a grant amount be dedicated to grant administration), and fringe benefits. Please note that federal tax law prohibits grant funds from being used to support or oppose any candidate for political office or for lobbying activities.

National Lifetime Membership Policy The Lifetime Membership recognition is a way for PSIA-AASI to recognize members who have contributed as a volunteer or exceptional leader. This member should be known and respected throughout the division and industry for their long-term contributions in education, publications, leadership, and volunteerism. These members demonstrate a lifetime of dedicated services to PSIAAASI.

Members nominated for lifetime membership must have been a member for a minimum of 20 years (special circumstances will be considered by the divisional board on a case by case basis).

Process:

Recognition is endorsed at a divisional level by the divisional boards. Divisions set their own formal nomination process that includes at least one letter of recommendation for each proposed lifetime member. Additional letters of support or additional documents are encouraged. Division boards will accept nominations for review on a yearly basis and finalize approvals by November 1 of each year.

Divisions can nominate one member for lifetime membership per year to the PSIA-AASI National Board of Directors. (For multiple recommendations, special circumstances will be considered by the divisional board on a case by case basis.) Divisions are to submit their nomination to the National Board for final approval at their Winter Board Meeting. The nomination from the division to the National Board should include: all support documents (e.g. letters of recommendation) and approval from the division board (e.g. an email or letter identifying the individual as their nomination).

Recognition:

  • National will create the members lifetime membership card and provide to the division for recognition where the division feels most appropriate for the member. Cards can also be mailed directly to the member.
  • Along with membership card a jacket will be produced with an embroidered logo signifying them as a lifetime member.
  • A letter will be drafted by the National Board Chair and Divisional President which will be delivered at the same time as the Jacket and membership Card.
  • Lifetime members will receive free dues starting the following fiscal year after the approval process is complete.

The following outlines all PSIA-AASI Membership Categories as outlined in the National Bylaws and Affiliation Agreements.

Description Outlined in Affiliation Agreement:

Common Membership. Except as mutually agreed by ASEA and (The Division), all members of (the division) must also maintain membership with ASEA. There are six classes of individual memberships in ASEA, which are prospectively, (1) Registered Members, (2) Certified Members (Certified Level I, Certified Level II, and Certified Level III), (3) Alumni Members, (4) Honorary Members, (5) Lifetime Members, and (6) Affiliate Members.

Definition of Membership Outlined in National Bylaws:

Section 2.2 – Eligibility for Membership. An individual who meets divisional requirements under the following membership categories shall become a member of both the divisional and national associations; pay required dues to each association; and meet required continuing educational requirements to maintain membership in good standing from year to year.

(A) Registered Members. A Registered Member is an individual who is a member in good standing of both the national and divisional associations but is not certified by a PSIA-AASI division.

(B) Certified Members. Any individual who has been certified by a PSIA-AASI divisional association as Certified Level I, Certified Level II, or Certified Level III and who is in good standing in such divisional association shall be eligible for membership as a Certified Member of the Association. Certified Members have the right to vote but only Certified Level II or Certified Level III are eligible to serve as Directors.

(C) Alumni Members. Members in this category must have been a member of PSIA-AASI for ten (10) years. Alumni Members have no voting rights, are not eligible to hold office, and do not maintain certifications.

(D) Honorary Members. By action of the Board of Directors, any non-member who has rendered outstanding service to the Association or to the advancement of snow sports instruction shall be eligible for recognition as an Honorary Member of the Association. Honorary Members have no voting rights, are not eligible to hold office, and are not eligible to obtain or maintain certifications.

(E) Certified Lifetime Members. Members in this category must be approved by the Board of Directors. Any Certified or previously certified alumni member may be recommended to the national board of directors either by the Board of Directors or by a divisional association. A Lifetime member shall not be required to pay dues or maintain continuing education credits.

(G) Affiliate Members. Any person or corporation interested in supporting and promoting snow sports, snow sports instruction, and the professional snow sports teacher is eligible for Affiliate Membership. Affiliate Members have no voting rights and are not eligible to hold office.

The Reinstatement Policy lets former members rejoin and recover their certification. The process can occur at any time during the year. The reinstatement process is for you if you are a previous member who wants to rejoin as a Certified Member or if you are an Alumni Member who want to switch to a Certified Member.

Note:

  • The reinstatement process is the same for all disciplines.
  • If you who want to rejoin PSIA-AASI and do not want to pursue or maintain your certification you can do so as an Alumni Member (if you meet the qualifications) or as a Registered Member and bypass the reinstatement process.
  • If you are an Alumni Member and want to change your membership status to Certified Member, you must follow the reinstatement process and pay 50 percent of the reinstatement fee due.

Reinstatement Process

1 Year Membership Lapse. You must:

    • Pay the previous season’s membership dues (+ late fee).
    • Pay the current season’s membership
    • Continue to meet CEU requirements (6 CEUs a season).

2-4 Year Membership. * You must:

      • Pay a $200 reinstatement fee.
      • Pay the current season’s membership
      • Follow the certified inactive process and earn CEUs for each year you did not pay dues:
        • 1 year: 12 CEUs
        • 2 years: 18 CEUs
        • 3 years: 24 CEUs
        • 4 years: 24 CEUs

5 Years or More Membership Lapse.* You must:

  • Pay a $300 reinstatement fee.
  • Pay the current season’s membership dues.
  • Earn 24 CEUs within two seasons. You are responsible for working with your primary division and getting their approval for your recertification The processes varies by division.

*If you are going through the reinstatement process your membership card will show certified inactive status until you meet the reinstatement process requirements and return to certified active status.

PSIA-AASI recognizes that preserving a winter environment that sustains snow makes skiing and snowboarding possible for its 32,000+ members, official suppliers, and millions of students — which supports a vision of creating lifelong adventures through education.

PSIA-AASI’s sustainability policy focuses on communicating, through its publications, messages that educate and inform association members on why developing a sustainable professional and personal lifestyle can positively influence a snowy winter environment.

PSIA-AASI’s sustainability policy also embraces collaboration with other established snowsports associations to create programming that helps to educate and inform students about ways to preserve the winter environment.

A winter environment that sustains snow is crucial to the future of skiing and snowboarding, the profession of snowsports instruction, and, ultimately, a way of life. By working within its sphere of influence to provide suggestions for a sustainable future for the environment and for snowsports, PSIA-AASI will do its part to protect natural resources and have a positive impact on maintaining alpine snowpacks.

If you are a US Ski and Snowboard (USSS) member with your USSS certification (Level 100 or higher) who joins PSIA-AASI you can opt out of the PSIA-AASI level I certification assessment.

PSIA-AASI recognizes the USSS Level 100 as equivalent to the PSIA-AASI level I, although PSIA-AASI does not recognized it as a level I – meaning your member card will not show your USSS certification.

Having your USSS certification allows you to bypass the level I assessment to participate in the level II assessment of the discipline in which you hold your USSS certification. Once you pass your certification assessment, your member card will show your certification.

Example:

You are a USSS Level 100 alpine skier who joins PSIA-AASI. Your member card will read Registered Member. You do not need to take the Alpine Level I assessment to participate in the Alpine Level II assessment. Once you pass your Level II your membership card will read Certified Member.