Certification pathway overview
Level 1 Certification Description
The Level 1 ski instructor certification is for any competent parallel skier, aged 15 years or older, and seeking to work as a ski instructor. The Level 1 candidate can expect to be exposed to a variety of terrain, snow conditions and terrain features.
The 3 day level 1 course is an introduction to ski teaching, CSIA technique and methodology, and the role of ski teaching within the ski industry. It combines the basics of practical ski teaching methods, technical understanding and development of guest service skills, specifically addressing children's skiing.
The level 1 certification course includes:
- An introduction to CSIA skiing and teaching methodology
- Strategies to develop skiers from entry level to intermediate
- Techniques and strategies for effective assessment and development
- Personal feedback on ski performance
- Interactive preparatory online module
Course Guide: click here
Registration: Click here
Following your registration, an access code to the online module will be emailed to you. This 20-minute interactive module introduces concepts that will be used through the course: Decision Making for Instructors, The Gliding Experience (beginner progression), Technical Reference, and Responsible Teaching. Candidates are responsible for this information as part of the course curriculum.
Upon successful completion of a Level 1 CSIA course, you become a member of the CSIA and are billed annually for membership dues by the National Office. Membership benefits are available to you provided your membership dues are fully paid.
For any questions related to the Level 1, please contact your regional coordinator.
Level 1 Videos
Prepare for the course by viewing our compilation of videos pertaining to the Level 1 certification.
Level 2 Certification Description
The Level 2 ski instructor certification is for advanced skiers who have passed the Level 1 certification. The course enables ski instructors to improve their situational teaching skills, to acquire a better understanding of CSIA technique and methodology, and the role of ski teaching within the ski industry. It combines practical ski teaching methods, technical understanding and development, and improvement of guest service skills.
Candidates will receive coaching on their skiing, teaching and people skills with the goal of reaching the Level 2 standard. They will also receive suggestions and strategies for long-term development. The successful candidate is certified to teach skiers up to intermediate parallel skill level.
Since the 2013/14 season, the Level 2 certification is now offered in a modular, credit-based structure. The certification consists of 3 components, each requiring its own individual registration:
Level 2 Training course
- Ski and teach training
- On snow and indoor sessions
- Online learning content (Guest Service online module - mandatory)
Duration: 2 days
Prerequisites: CSIA Level 1 OR CSCF/ACA Entry Level Mentor Program completed OR CSCF/ACA Development Level Trained status
Course fees: $264.80 + tax
Course Guide: click here
Registration: Click here or login to your profile
The 10 Education credits can be accumulated at any point in time. Before, in-between or after the Training and Assessed Training courses...it's up to you!
PLEASE NOTE THAT AN INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR EACH OF THE COMPONENTS
BUILD YOUR OWN SCHEDULE - progressive or fast track...it's your choice!
The process of certification is not limited in time. Pick and choose your modules however best suits your progression and schedule. Components can be collected at any point in time, but the L2 membership status will not be updated until all Modules are completed and Education credits are accumulated.
Complete your Level 2 in only 5 days! In most cases, the 3 required courses (L2 Training - L2 Assessed Training - 1 day module) are scheduled together over 5 consecutive days, allowing to fulfill the requirements as fast as possible. Please note that you still will have to register to each component individually.
RETEST - Complete your certification!
Retests will be held over the entire 2 days of the Level 2 Assessed Training program, both for members currently holding a partial L2 certification under the old structure and those in need of a full retest.
Level 2 partial course - Ski or Teach
Under the new structure, the 3-day Level 2 Skiing or Teaching partial certification courses are no longer offered since the 2013/14 season. Members holding a partial certification after having attended only one of the two portions are allowed to complete their certification by attending the Level 2 Assessed Training course directly. Both the L2 Training course and the Education Credits components have been credited to you.
Level 2 videos
Prepare for the course by viewing our compilation of videos pertaining to the Level 2 certification. Click here to access the YouTube playlist.
Level 3 Certification Description
The Level 3 ski instructor certification is for advanced skiers that have passed the Level 2 certification. The course enables ski instructors to improve their situational teaching skills, to acquire a better understanding of CSIA technique and methodology, and the role of ski teaching within the ski industry, as well as introduce instructor training. It combines practical ski teaching methods, technical understanding and development, and improvement of guest service skills.
Candidates will receive coaching on their skiing, teaching and people skills with the goal of reaching the Level 3 standard. They will also receive suggestions and strategies for long-term development. The successful candidate is certified to teach skiers up to advanced parallel skill level
Since the 2014-15 season, the Level 3 program is now offered in a modular, credit-based structure.
The certification consists of 3 components, each requiring its own individual registration:
Level 3 Training course
Training in advanced skiing and teaching skills, with development strategies and recommendations for Level 3 exams.
- Ski improvement at advanced performance level with exposure to varied terrain
- Technical reference points for advanced skiing
- Development of advanced teaching skills with practice teaching
- Review of level 3 standards and exam procedures
- Individual development strategies
The required 40 Education Credits can be accumulated before or after the L3 Training course but they absolutely must be accumulated before attending the L3 exams.
- Level 2 instructors have already acquired at least 10 credits through the certification’s requirements.
- To view your Education Credits total, please login to your personal page and then look for the Pathway tab.
- Members having attended the 5-day Level 3 Training prior to the 2014/15 season have been automatically allocated the necessary credits to fulfill the structure's requirements.
While most CSIA programs are eligible for Education credits (see full list here) , the easiest, suggested way to accumulate the remaining 30 Credits is to attend the following 2-day National Module:
Level 3 Certification Exams
- Skiing is evaluated in a ski-off format. The ski-off is reviewed during the course and each candidate will be given clear directions for exam preparation.
- The teaching exam consists of a 60 minutes lessons taught to your peers. Teaching assignments are given the morning of the exams, by the course conductor in charge.
- Candidates who fail skiing or 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.
- All Candidates, including first-time participants, have the option of challenging only one of the two exams, to obtain a partial Level 3 certification.
- The process of certification is not limited in time. Once qualified for the exams, candidates will not have to attend the L3 Training ever again.
Duration : 2 days (day 1 - Teaching, day 2 - Skiing)
Prerequisites: Level 3 Training course completed (current 3-day format) AND 40 Education credits accumulated -OR- Level 3 Training course completed (former 5-day format)
Exam Fees: $273.90 + tax ($149.40 + tax for partial exam)
Registration: Click here or login to your profile
Were you qualified for the exams after the 2013/14 season? You still are.
Members who were already qualified for the Level 3 exams at the end of the 2013/14 season are still qualified for the exams under the modular structure. If you have attended the previously offered 5-day Level 3 Training course, you can go straight to the exams, without having to accumulate any education credits. The mandatory Education Credits to fulfill the certification’s requirements have been automatically allocated to you.
Preparing for exams
Level 3 standards are significantly higher than the Level 2 certification. To maximize the chances of success, candidates are encouraged to develop a personal training plan and seek specific training based on their needs. The following modules can help:
- Develop your training plan and exam specific preparation - Training for Performance
- Develop your skiing skills - Coaching the Fundamentals
- Develop your all terrain skills - All-Terrain - advanced
- Develop your teaching skills - Advanced Teaching
Alternatively, seek the assistance of a current Level 3 course conductor through a snowschool.
Level 4 Certification 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:
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
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/ACA 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: $462.80 + tax
Registration: Click here or login to your profile.
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).
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.
Snow Park Certification
The Snow Park Certification course is designed for any skier with park experience who wants teach in the park. It includes:
- An introduction to teaching snow park skills
- Practical ski improvement and teaching methods with a technical understanding and development of the guest experience
- Demonstration of advanced park and riding skills
- Upon successful completion of the course, the candidate becomes a CSIA member and is certified to teach snow park skills up an advanced level - air progressions, rails and switch skiing
Launched for the 2013/14 season, the Education Credits concept marks a historic change to the CSIA’s education system. In recent years, continuing education has become more and more important to instructors and snow schools alike. Now, our members’ participation to numerous programs is being valued through the attribution of Education Credits.
These credits are being tracked on your personal page, under the Pathway tab. Credits are accumulated into a grand total, which can only increase. At no time will you be required to trade or “sell” credits.
Pertaining to certification, specific numbers of credits serve as eligibility milestones. Reach 10 credits to fulfill the Level 2 requirements. Reach 40 credits to fulfill the Level 3 requirements.
List of eligible programs and their attributed value:
|Snow Park Certification||10 credits|
|Teaching Children Module||10 credits|
|Free Tactics / Snow Park intro Module (formerly known as Freeride module & Snowpark training)||10 credits|
|Terrain Assisted Development Module (formerly known as All-Terrain - introduction)||10 credits|
|All-Terrain - advanced Module||10 credits|
|Advanced Teaching Module||30 credits|
|Trainer Development Module||30 credits|
|Training for Performance Module||15 credits|
|Coaching the Fundamentals Module||20 credits|
|National Convention||3 credits|
|High Performance Camp||3 credits|
|Women's Edge Camp||5 credits|
|Women's Edge Day||3 credits|
|Assessment and Development||3 credits|
|Ski Improvement||2 credits|
Online Learning Modules
|Teaching Children||2 credits|
|Guest service||2 credits|
|L2 Course Prep Clinic||3 credits|
|L3 Course Prep Clinic||3 credits|
|Carving Clinic||2 credits|
|Corridor Clinic||2 credits|
|Short Turn Clinic||2 credits|
|Skills and Drills Clinic||3 credits|
|Women 4 Women Clinic||3 credits|
|Project Y||3 credits|
|Snow Park Trick Building Progression Clinic||2 credits|
|Bump For Confidence Clinic||2 credits|
|Bump For Performance Clinic||2 credits|
|Atlantic members' convention||2 credits|
|Ignition Day||2 credits|
|City Lights||2 credits|
|Northern Lights||2 credits|
|Northern Festival||2 credits|
|Women’s only Workshop||3 credits|
|Corridor Training Clinic||2 credits|
|Carving Clinic||2 credits|
|Bumps Clinic||2 credits|
|Pushing your Limits Clinic||2 credits|
|Snow Park trick builder Clinic||2 credits|
|Short Turn Clinic||2 credits|
|Central members' convention||2 credits|
|Level 2 Prep||3 credits|
|Level 3 Prep||3 credits|
|Short Turns (acquisition)||2 credits|
|Pushing your Limits||2 credits|
|Advanced & Expert Parallel||2 credits|
|Success in Teaching - introduction to teaching tactics||3 credits|
|Corridor Training||2 credits|
|Early Season Fundamentals (1-day)||2 credits|
|Early Season Fundamentals (2-day)||3 credits|
|Supervisors' Day||3 credits|
|Skills development workshop||2 credits|
*Please note that, in order to obtain accreditation, regions must submit an application to the National Office. For more information, please contact your regional coordinator.
***Please note that this list is subject to change without notice, including additions.***
Members holding a certification from any of the following organizations are entitled to 10 Education credits: CSCF, CASI, CADS, CANSI, CSGA, CFSA. The offer is non-cumulative for members of multiple organizations.
Credits for Dual and triple members (CSIA, along with CSCF and/or CASI) will be applied to the membership files systematically, but gradually, by National office. Members of the other organizations must submit a proof of certification to the National Office, by email at Csiareg@snowpro.com or email@example.com, for credits to be applied.
- The Education credits system was introduced for the 2013/14 season. To the exception of the Snow Park Certification, only programs offered since November 2013 are eligible for credits
- National modules and Online learning modules are eligible for credits exclusively once per program. Attending the same module twice will not provide twice the credits.
- National events, PDP sessions and Regional modules are eligible for credits only once during a given season. Attending again the previously mentioned programs the following season, will allow you to earn additional credits.
- Training received from a snow school and work experience are not eligible for credits.
- Credits value of each program is based on course content and its relevance to the certifications standards.