New Certification Standards & Performance Guides Now Available

PSIA-AASI’s new Certification Standards and Performance Guides provide a clear and consistent path to certification so you can achieve your professional goals, and they’re now available on

What started as a dream among the founders of PSIA (now PSIA-AASI) 60 years ago has guided the association’s leaders ever since,” said Dave Schuiling, PSIA-AASI Director of Education. “Developing a distinctly American approach to ski and snowboard instruction has seen countless successes over the years – and, this season, PSIA-AASI is beginning to implement the long-sought goal of nationwide consistency in assessing instructors with a strategically aligned certification process.”

PSIA-AASI’s Certification Standards help you learn how to apply the fundamentals of great skiing or snowboarding and effective teaching so you can become a great instructor.

PSIA-AASI certifications represent a standard of consistent competency in three zones: beginner/novice, intermediate, and advanced/expert. Earning a PSIA-AASI certification validates your training from the world’s top snowsports education association and affirms you’re a professional in the snowsports industry.

Envisioned as a three-phase process of standards adoption, training, integration, implementation, and quality assurance and enhancement built around PSIA-AASI’s Learning Connection, the new approach to certification promises to assure a better, more consistent process for candidates, examiners, and trainers.

“With the adoption of new certification standards for alpine, cross country, and snowboard instructors – as well as Children’s Specialist 1 and 2 standards – we’re embarking on a certification system that bonds all sliding sports with a unified message of consistency,” said Dave. “One that uses the same outcomes, assessment tools, and assessment resources and a consistent way to measure all components of the system.”

See the National Standards 

See how the performance guides provide the details for successful performance contributors and learn how they relate to the assessment criteria of the national standards.