Level 4 Program Description

The Level 4 program aims to train and develop expert instructors by perfecting their skill development abilities, as well as their skiing and methodology, on all terrain, for all levels of skiers.

The Level 4 certification requires successfully completing 3 exams: Level 4 skiing exam, Level 4 expert teaching exam and Trainer Development Exam. Partial certification is possible for either skiing or teaching. To achieve the partial teaching certification, both the Level 4 expert teaching and trainer development exams must be successfully completed.

The structure consists of 4 components:

Structure L4

Level 4 Training
This course provides training in expert skiing and teaching and individual development strategies. Candidates leave the course with clear verbal and written evaluations of their performance and potential, suggestions for long term development, and strategies and time frame for exam preparation. Sessions will focus on:
  • Expert Development Principles
  • Situational Development with methodology
  • Ski-off review with individual objectives and strategies

Duration : 4 days
Prerequisites: CSIA Level 3 certification
Course Fees: $474.10 + tax
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Level 4 Exam

  • Skiing is evaluated in a ski-off format, consisting of 9 demonstration runs. The ski-off procedure is reviewed during the course and each candidate will be given clear directions for exam preparation.
  • The expert teaching exam consists of a 1h 30min to 1hr 45min ski improvement lesson taught to your peers. Teaching assignments are given on day 1 of the exams.
  • Candidates who fail skiing or expert teaching can be re-tested on that portion with no time limitation. Candidates passing one portion will never have to be re-tested for that portion.
  • Partial certification is possible for either skiing or teaching. To achieve the partial teaching certification, the candidate is required to successfully complete both the Level 4 expert teaching and trainer development exams.
  • All Candidates, including first-time participants, have the option of challenging only one portion of exams (skiing or expert teaching).
  • The process of certification is not limited in time. Once qualified for the exams, candidates will not have to attend the Level 4 Training course ever again.

Duration : 4 days
Prerequisites: CSIA Level 4 Training course + one of the following element:
  • CSCF Entry Level (trained)
  • CSIA Snow Park Certification
  • CASI Level 1 Certification
  • CSGA Pre-course completed
  • CANSI Level 1 Certification
  • CFSA Club coach workshop completed
  • CADS Level 1 certification
Exam Fees: $453.70 + tax
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Trainer Development Module

This module covers methods of instructor training (“teach to teach”) and is intended to develop general skills for trainers. It is recommended for any Level 3 instructor that wishes to become a Level 1 course conductor but does not replace the annual regional Level 1 Course Conductor Training. The module is mandatory for Level 4 certification (*note: anyone that has taken the Level 4 training course prior to the 2015-16 session is granted an equivalence for this component).


Duration : 2 days
Prerequisites: CSIA Level 3 certification
Course Fees: $237.30 + tax
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Trainer Development Exam

After completing the trainer development module, candidates must pass an instructor training session (45-55 minute peer teaching). While this exam can be completed before or after Level 4 exams, this is a required component for the level 4 teaching certification. Candidates who have already achieved the Level 4 partial-Teach certification are granted an equivalency on this component.


Duration : 1 day
Prerequisites: Trainer Development module
Course Fees: $134.30 + tax
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