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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 Snowboard 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 the Introduction to PSIA-AASI Snowsports course

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


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

The Snowboard Level 1 Certification Exam is the first step in furthering your career as a snowboard instructor. This 2-day Certification Exam is an evaluation of the candidate’s skills and knowledge as well as an educational based event.

The exam gives all candidates a stronger understanding and ability to apply the teaching, learning, riding and service concepts. Riders must be comfortable on all blue, basic black and freestyle terrain.

Candidates will be required to show proficiency in meeting the required riding, teaching and movement analysis standards. Successful candidates will become a Certified Level 1 Instructor.

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

SB L1 Exam

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
  • Snowboard Level 1 Certification OR Level 2 Certification in any another discipline
Pathway:

Step 1: Register for and successfully complete the 2-day Snowboard Level 2 Ride Exam

Step 2: Pass the online Snowboard 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 Snowboard Level 2 Teach Exam


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

The Snowboard Level 2 Certification Exam is an evaluation of the candidate’s skills and knowledge as well as an educational based event.

The exam gives all candidates a stronger understanding and ability to apply the teaching, learning, riding and service concepts. Candidates will be required to show proficiency in meeting the required riding, teaching and movement analysis standards.

This is a multi-part exam, view the “Pathway & Prerequisites” section for more details. The candidate must pass all parts in order to become Snowboard Level 2 Certified.

Snowboard Level 2 Ride Exam

A 2-day exam focused on the riding skills of the candidate

Snowboard Level 2 Teach Exam

A 2-day exam focused on the teaching skills of the candidate

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

SB L2 Ride & 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
  • Snowboard Level 2 Certification OR Level 3 Certification in any other discipline

Pathway:

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

Step 2: Pass the online Snowboard Level 3 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 Snowboard Level 3 Teach Exam


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

The Snowboard Level 3 Certification Exam is an evaluation of the candidate’s skills and knowledge as well as an educational-based event.

The exam gives all candidates a stronger understanding and ability to apply the teaching, learning, riding, and service concepts. Candidates will be required to show proficiency in meeting the required riding, teaching, and movement analysis standards.

This is a multi-part exam, view the “Prerequisites & Pathway” section for all the details. The candidate must pass all portions in order to become Snowboard Level 3 certified.

Snowboard Level 3 Ride Exam

A 2-day exam focused on the riding skills of the candidate

Snowboard Level 3 Teach Exam

A 2-day exam focused on the teaching skills of the candidate

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

SB L3 Ride & 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
  • Snowboard Level 2 or 3 Certification

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

This two-­day educational course is offered across the Division to help support and develop Resort Trainers. It is for both experienced trainers and instructors that want to become trainers.

All levels of trainers should attend yearly to work along side the Division’s leading Trainers. This course is where trainers will develop the training 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 as well as information to further develop the skills needed to be an effective trainer. (12-CEU’s)

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

SB Resort Trainer Course

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
  • Snowboard Level 3 Certification
  • Having attended the Western Resort Trainer Course at least once within the past two seasons

Pathway:

  • Step 1: Register for and successfully complete the 2-day Divisional Trainer, Part 1 course
  • Step 2: Register for and successfully complete the 2-day Divisional 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 of 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 Trainer’s network.

For descriptions of the specific Training, Assessment, and Evaluation days, Click Here

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

SB Advanced Trainer Course, Part 1

Day 1 – Training Day

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

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

Day 2 – Assessment Day

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

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

SB Divisional Trainer Course, Part 2

Day 1 – Evaluation Day

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

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

Day 2 – Evaluation Day

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

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