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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)