The PSIA-AASI West Advanced Trainer course is a training and evaluation process that
refines the theories and practices of a successful trainer in the Western Region. This
course is for any fully certified instructor who has extensive experience training and
wants to be recognized and endorsed as a competent and effective trainer in the
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 in 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 will help guide participants in understanding and applying the difference
between skill sets for teaching a lesson as an instructor, leading a clinic as a trainer, and
preparing candidates for certification. This course can also act as a stepping-stone for
people who want to grow their clinician and presentation skills for their own career
The four-day course consists of two Training Days, and a two-day Assessment.
To register to attend Advanced Trainer, please contact your snowsports school director
or training manager. These are private events, not listed on the public calendar, and
can only be accessed through your director or manager. Snowsports school directors
can request custom events at any time, or request access for individual trainers by
contacting the Western Leadership.
Participants who attend all four days and meet all aspects of the Advanced Trainer
Assessment Criteria will be endorsed as a Western Advanced Trainer. Passing the
Advanced Trainer assessment is a requirement for anyone interested in becoming a
Western Region Examiner.
Course Schedules are subject to change due to terrain, weather, crowds, group size, snow conditions, etc. Please use this information as a rough guideline.
Part 1: 2 Training Days
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)
Break into pairs. Watch ski/ride and body performance. Share observations with group.
Explore successively more complex turn shapes and dynamics.
Create and deliver a 10 to 15 minute clinic to the group identifying a key area of growth
and improvement from morning demos. Discuss movement analysis, clinic set-up and
feedback delivery to clarify areas needing improvement and areas addressed well.
Assign new topics based off clinic practice and morning feedback. Discuss the
differences between clinics, lessons, and exam prep (for example, how you talk with the
group, how you lay out your drills and how you check for understanding). Work in group
to design clinics for group engagement. Present 30-minute clinics to the group. At the
end of each clinic discuss performance, what folks did well and where to improve.
End of day: Personal feedback highlighting goals for clinics and personal skiing/riding to
Part 2: 2 Assessment Days
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)
Each candidate will present a 30-minute clinic from an approved list or as suggested by
the clinic leader. Assessed according to assessment criteria.
End of day: Individual discussion reviewing assessment form and performance feedback. May
discuss opportunities to shadow Level 1 exams and potential next steps in personal and
professional development. If an individual has mastered the assessment criteria, and
demonstrates the qualities and skills of a Western Examiner, they may be invited to
apply for employment with the Western Region.
The PSIA-AASI Western Education Staff (examiners) actively contribute to the growth of the
Western Region by conducting and delivering member training and certification. Regional Education Staff represent the top of the profession in terms of on-snow competency, mastery of the PSIA-AASI National Standards, and the ability to inspire and engage the widest range of members and the skiing and riding public.
TECHNICAL: The PSIA-AASI Western Ed Staff are exceptional athletes who can ski/ride all terrain and snow conditions in a versatile, consistent, and technically precise manner. Western Ed Staff are competent breaking down the fundamentals of their discipline, providing clear and accurate demonstrations, and adapting clinics to the needs of instructors. Western Ed Staff exercise mastery in movement analysis and are adept at providing meaningful prescriptions that address complex cause and effect relationships. Ed Staff are fluent in the technical standards and assessment criteria.
TEACHING: Education Staff members can teach all Levels 1-9, with complete command of the
Teaching Model according to the pedagogy and student-centered philosophy of the organization.
They exhibit a thorough understanding of cross-discipline movement analysis through the lens of
unique student needs and motivations. They have a sound capacity to deeply engage and assess
diverse students across disciplines, event formats, and professional development pathways.
PEOPLE: Ed Staff are master communicators adept at discerning motivations and managing
challenging group dynamics. Ed Staff are capable of delivering useful and accessible feedback in
line with National Standards and participants individualized decisions, emotions, and behaviors. Ed
Staff are emotionally intelligent and socially aware, creating a supportive and welcoming
environment for all members of the association.
PROFESSIONAL: Ed Staff represent the brand and the region and are often the most critical
interaction for members. Ed Staff must be self-aware, self-reliant, self-sufficient, emotionally
intelligent, adaptive, and resilient. Ed Staff are tasked with delivering flawless events that inspire
members, in a high pressure and ever-changing context. Ed Staff are also benefitted by a personal
commitment to learning and development.
Represent the Western Region and promote collaboration, accessibility, and educational innovation in all interactions.
Be a conduit between our stakeholders (membership, member schools, and official suppliers),
regional and national committees, and leadership.
Ed Staff utilize self-directed training along with ongoing weekly staff meetings and required annual
staff training. Staff must commit to continued learning through attending and completing all training modules.
Shadow required events and master the content and delivery of assigned on-hill events.
Attend staff meetings and collaborate with fellow staff before, during and after each event to ensure consistent experiences and assessments.
Provide exceptional educational experiences for our membership that align with PSIA-AASI’s
Learning Connection Model.
Master and apply the PSIA-AASI National Standards and supporting documents (Performance
Guides, Assessment Criteria, daily outlines, etc.).
Provide clear and accessible feedback in line with assessment criteria that gives candidates and
members an actionable pathway to continue their learning and development towards their desired
Submit timely, thorough written candidate assessment forms after each event.
Actively manage availability and ProHub schedule to ensure the minimum work requirement is met
each season. Communicate clearly your needs (personal, travel, and accommodations).
Proactively communicate with Western Leadership to solve membership and/or event issues.
Actively read and respond to texts, basecamp messages, emails, and phone calls from the Western
Other duties as assigned.
Active PSIA-AASI Western member in good standing
Level 3 Certified in your Primary Discipline
Completed your Children’s Specialist 2
Completed the Western Advanced Trainer Course, including passing the assessment
Receive the recommendation of your primary disciplines Task Force Chair
Current employment with a Western Member School is highly recommended
Ed Staff Must:
Be highly collaborative and work well in a team.
Have excellent guest service skills and put the member first in all situations.
Have exceptional and inclusive communication skills.
Have access to text, email, and phone during business hours.
Be able to use the internet, web-based resources, and video technology in support of cutting-
edge trends in Snowsports education.
Capable of working in inclement weather in a high alpine environment.
Have sight, speech, and hearing abilities sufficient to learn skills, follow and provide directions.
Supply their own modern personal ski and snowboard equipment which has been properly
maintained consistent with manufacturer recommendations and industry standards for the
Be authorized to work in the US. PSIA-AASI West cannot sponsor visas or work permits.
This is a part-time seasonal position with variable hours during the week. All Ed Staff are required to commit to 3 full days of events per season. This role can require long hours and weekends as programs shift across the season.
California or Nevada residency required, based near a Western Member School preferred.
Education Staff will be asked to travel to events at ski and snowboard resorts across the region and potentially the nation. As such you will be exposed to the normal hazards of winter travel and the sport of skiing/snowboarding. Ed Staff may be asked or expected to travel and overnight travel may be required. All travel expenses are covered by the organization and may be supported by the
organizations sponsored fleet vehicle. Ed Staff must have a valid driver’s license, reliable
transportation, and ability to work across multiple locations.
$25/hour regular wage and $16/hour training wage
$70 daily per diem
$20 Tech stipend every pay period
$0.60 per mile travel reimbursement
Access to CalSavers retirement program
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of
activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties,
responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
The individual hired in this role will be at-will and will be subject to termination by the employer or the Organization, with or without cause, with or without notice, and at any time.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
PSIA-AASI West is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender or gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other
characteristic protected by state or federal law.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Becoming a Western Examiner is not a training destination nor a PSIA-AASI certification. This is a job and should be approached with the same degree of professional integrity you would approach any job application.
Individuals who meet the required prerequisites, have the support of their resort leadership and task force chair, believe they demonstrate the qualifications and are capable of effectively managing the responsibilities are welcome to apply.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis; hiring is conducted to address staffing and events needs and may change over the course of the season.
To apply, please submit the following to Marisa Cooper at :
A letter of recommendation from your current resort employer outlining your professional
conduct, skills collaborating across teams, and guest service expertise.
A letter from your primary disciplines task force chair confirming the date you passed the
Advanced Training assessment, detailing why you were given the recommendation to apply for
Ed Staff and outlining any exam shadows you were asked to complete.
A short cover letter detailing your ability to demonstrate the qualifications and perform the
responsibilities of this critical role.
If your application is approved, you will be contacted for a final interview.