Ski & Snowboard Certifications

Ski & Snowboard Instructor Certifications & Qualifications

Our Ski and Snowboard Internship and Instructor Courses allow you to obtain a range of globally recognised certifications. Depending on the country you achieve your certification in this will be accredited through one of the national organisations below.

United States
PSIA - The Professional Ski Instructors of America
AASI - The American Association of Snowboarding Instructors

Canada
CSIA - The Canadian Ski Instructor Association
CASI - The Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors

New Zealand
NZSIA - The New Zealand Snow Sports Instructors Alliance
SBINZ – Snowboard Instruction New Zealand

Japan
NZSIA - The New Zealand Snow Sports Instructors Alliance
SBINZ – Snowboard Instruction New Zealand

Switzerland
Grimentz, Saas Fee, Zermatt & St Moritz - BASI - The British Association of Snowsports Instructors
Verbier – NZSIA - The New Zealand Snow Sports Instructors Alliance

 The above associations are all national bodies responsible for governing snow sports training in their respective countries. Membership to these bodies represents professionalism and rewarding personal achievement. All of these associations are also members of the International Ski Instructors Association (ISIA), and the qualifications gained through any of these associations are recognised around the world and could see you working in New Zealand, Australia, USA, the European Alps, Japan or South America.

Each association has several certification stages, it varies as to the certification level required to become a member of the International Ski Instructors Association (ISIA).

CountrySki OrgSnowboard OrgEntryIntermed.ISIA Equiv.Highest Qual.
New Zealand NZSIA NZSIA Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Trainer
USA PSIA AASI Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Examiner
Great Britain BASI BASI Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 (ISTD)
Australia APSI APSI Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Canada CSIA CASI Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Argentina AADIDE AADIDE Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Trainer

More information regarding these organisations and their respective certifications can be found at the following organisations websites. For more info please click on the links below:

American Association of Snowboard Instructors
The Professional Ski Instructors of America - American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI)
Canadian Ski Instructor's Alliance
Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors
British Association of Snowsport Instructors 
New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance

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Level One Certification

The level one certification is for those entering the snow sports instruction industry. The exam focuses on the skills, knowledge and professionalism necessary to be an effective ski or snowboard teacher. Those that achieve this certification will be expected to competently teach snow sports to beginner to intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The level one exam is between three and five days long (depending on the certifying body) and will include on-hill teaching and demonstrations as well as a written theory component. At the end of the course you will be issued with a pass or fail result.

To complete the level one certification you will also need to ski and ride comfortably, linking turns on most terrain. We expect all of our candidates to pass this exam after attending one of our training programs.

* Note - With the BASI pathway there are further steps required at level 1 to complete requirements and be able to continue on to further qualifications. These are:

  • Evidence of at least 35 Hours Snow Sport School Experience completed after attending your Alpine Level 1 Course - more info here
  • A BASIC Criminal Record Disclosure - more info here
  • A valid First Aid & Emergency Certificate - more info here
  • Completing the BASI safeguarding children module - more info here

* Note - With the PSIA and AASI pathway 20 hours snow sport school experience is required to receive your level one pin.

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Level Two Certification

The level two certification focuses on the skills and knowledge required to teach advanced level skiers or snowboarders. The exam format varies depending on the association but will include a teaching module along with a skiing or snowboarding module. The cost of the level two exam is not included in most Ultimate Plus Programs fees as it is not always an option for all participants. Before enrolling in the level 2 exam please discuss your ability level as against the required standard with your trainers and establish what other requirements must also be completed.

* Note - The PSIA and AASI don’t allow instructors to complete two certification levels on the one season.

Park & Pipe Training

At resorts with terrain parks and features there will be dedicated training in the park and pipe. Training will cover rails, boxes and terrain features including jumps along with use of half pipes and or quarter pipes. Basic manoeuvres are explored as well as some fundamental tricks. You will also learn how to teach and coach the approach, take off, manoeuvres and landing on all features. For those who have a passion for park and pipe there is the opportunity to take a formal Park Certification Course with the relevant association. At resorts without terrain parks your training will be focused on Big Mountain Skiing or Riding.

Avalanche Safety Course

The avalanche safety course provides an invaluable two day introduction to safety in the backcountry. It is designed to give you a basic understanding of avalanche formation and to develop your observation skills. Some time is focused on theory in the classroom and the rest is based on snow. You will learn how to recognise potential avalanche conditions, how differing snow pack conditions affect avalanche danger and how to choose safe routes in the backcountry. You will also learn rescue techniques and how to use various rescue tools such as beacons and probes.

First Aid Certificate

The first aid course teaches practical skills about how to manage a range of medical and accident emergencies. The course provides an excellent assessment standard that ensures you feel confident about providing first aid when needed. The course will teach you about scene assessment, safety, identifying hazards in the workplace, medical conditions and ways to manage a range of possible emergencies including burns, poisoning, soft tissue injuries, head and spinal injuries, eye injuries, chest injuries, chest pain (such as heart attacks) and major incidents. This is an excellent course and is an invaluable tool for those working in the ski or snowboard industry.

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