Different countries have their own instructor certification systems. Generally all certifications are recognized worldwide, but here is an overview of the different systems and the benefits of each.

CSIA/CASI- Canadian Ski Instructor Association/Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors

  • Level 1- gives you the ability to teach beginners to intermediate skiers/snowboarders
  • Level 2- gives you more understanding of technique and methodology to teach intermediate parallel skiers
  • Level 3- allows you to teach advanced parallel as well as off piste and moguls. You can now train level 1 and 2 candidates and examine Level 1 courses.
  • Level 4-  you can now teach any level of skiing as well as train any level of instructors

CSIA and CASI certifications are recognized internationally but level 1 is considered to be a “fast track” course. Being level 2 is more comparable to other internationally recognized certification systems and will increase your chances of landing a job overseas. However, the CSIA/CASI qualification is more recognized in Canada that any international system. If a position in the Canadian Rockies is your ultimate goal, the CSIA/CASI will be the most beneficial to you.

https://www.snowpro.com/en/

BASI- British Association of Snowsport Instructors

  • Level 1- allows you to teach on artificial slopes
  • Level 2- must be taken in the mountains and allows you to teach beginners to intermediate on artificial as as well as real slopes
  • Level 3- allows you to teach advanced parallel as well as off piste and mogul skiing
  • Level 4- highest level, allows you to teach any level of skiing and to train other instructors

BASI qualifications are recognized across Europe including France as well as internationally. If your main goal is to work in the EU, a BASI qualification would be beneficial to you. There are 6 snow domes within the UK who prefer BASI to any other system.

http://www.basi.org.uk/index.aspx

NZSIA- New Zealand Snowsports Alliance

  • Level 1- allows you to teach first time-beginner riders
  • Level 2- allows you to teach beginner- intermediate riders (wedge-parallel)
  • Level 3- allows you to teach advanced riders as well as off piste and moguls
  • ISIA Stamp- once you have complete levels 1-3 as well as completing specialty courses in avalanche awareness, working with children, free ski and coaching

NZSIA is an internationally recognized system although level two is generally the minimum to work overseas. The NZSIA is the most recognized certification in New Zealand so if New Zealand is your ideal destination, NZSIA is for you.

http://www.nzsia.org/

APSI- Australian Professional Snowsports Instructors

  • Level 1- gives you the ability to teach beginner-intermediate skiers/riders
  • Level 2- gives you a stronger understanding of technique to teach intermediate skiers/riders
  • Level 3- allows you to teach advanced skiers/riders including off piste and moguls as well as training level 1 and 2 instructors and examining level 1 candidates
  • Level 4- allows you to train any level of instructors

The APSI is also an internationally recognized system, most highly recognized in Australia and Japan. If your dream destination is Australia or Japan, the APSI will be the most beneficial to you.

http://apsi.net.au/

All these systems are very similar to each other and will all be recognized internationally. The qualification you decide to choose will directly depend on where you want to teach. Courses and exams are held each winter- dates and prices will be shown on the corresponding website.

Ski and snowboard certifications are separate. Adaptive, coach, telemark and nordic are all separate qualifications you can work towards.

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