Watch these videos and hear from Level I, II and III PSIA-AASI instructors on how they earned their certification and what it means to them.

How to Become a Certified Instructor

If you’re looking for a way to turn your love of skiing and snowboarding into a legit career or to become a better teacher, pursuing PSIA-AASI certification is for you. Certifications are badges of honor that symbolize your credibility and expertise. PSIA-AASI’s certification standards mean that no matter where you come from, you’ll teach to the same standards as thousands of PSIA-AASI members across the country.

PSIA-AASI’s certification process helps you:

  • Become a better teacher
  • Improve your skiing and riding
  • Learn skills for moderating groups, public speaking, problem solving, and coaching

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PSIA-AASI offers Level I, II, and III certification in these  disciplines:

  • Adaptive
  • Adaptive Snowboard
  • Alpine
  • Cross Country
  • Snowboard
  • Telemark

PSIA-AASI members need to  first have a primary certification (in a discipline above) in order earn one of these certificates:

  • Children’s Specialist 1, 2
  • Freestyle Specialist 1, 2, 3

PSIA-AASI divisions host certification training events and exams across the country throughout the winter. Use the Event Calendar to find training clinics and an exam near you.

First, Visit your division’s page to learn more about certification resources to help you make a training plan. Don’t know your division? Either log in to your member profile or view this map.

PSIA-AASI Divisions Certification Pathways and Resources

Practice the skills you’re learning and continue to teach. Teaching experience will help you be successful in your exams.

PSIA-AASI’s certification standards give you a consistent training framework to help you meet certification goals. They represent the minimum standards and skills you must demonstrate each certification level.

The standards are the same across the United States, transferrable from division to division. No matter where you live, once you’re certified by PSIA-AASI, you’ll teach from the same platform and to the same standards as PSIA-AASI members from across the country.

Networking and practicing with other members are great ways to build your skills.

Congratulations! Celebrate your success, then set your next goal.

Once You’re Certified, Maintain Your CEUs

If you’re a certified member – a PSIA-AASI member who is certified in adaptive, alpine, cross country, snowboard, or telemark – you need to obtain at least six (6) Continuing Education Units (CEU's) every membership year. A membership year starts July 1 and ends June 30 (example: July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022). You can pick up CEUs by attending education events like clinics and trainings. Check the Events Calendar to find an event near you.

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