Education: Certification Programs and Modules

Q: How old do I have to be to take a Level 1 Program?

A: You must be 15 years of age by the first day of the Program. There are no exceptions.

Q: What type of skier must I be to take a Level 1 Program?

A: The Level 1 Ski Instructor Certification is for any skier over the age of 15 that is a competent parallel skier. The Level 1 Candidate can expect to be exposed to a variety of terrain, terrain features and snow conditions. For more information, please click here.

Q: But, I've never taught before.

A: No worries, that's what the Level 1 Program is all about. The Course Conductors are there to teach you how to instruct a lesson, so that you will be able to go out and deliver a great experience.

Q: So how much does a Level 1 Program cost?

A: The cost of the Program varies from Region to Region. You can find all the information pertaining to Program fees, please visit the schedule and registration page by clicking here or contact the National Office to get more details about the specific Region in which the Program will occur.

Q: I'm interested in taking a Level 1 Program this year. Where do I register?

A: All Level 1 Program are registered through the National Office website, by clicking here.

Q: A friend just received a membership card with a Member number. Why was I only given a temporary paper card when I completed my Level 1 Program?

A: That’s your temporary card, which confirms that you have successfully completed your Level 1 Certification. Once your Program results have been processed by the National Office, you will receive an official membership card with your new Member number.

Q: I took the Level 1 Program and was unsuccessful, what should I do next?

A: You must take a 2 day re-test on any scheduled Level 1 Program. To register please visit the Program registration page by clicking here.

Q: I've passed my Level 1 and want to take another Program or Module?

A: Level 2 Certification, Snow Park Certification and National Modules are your next possible steps. Check out the Certification section for more information or click here for the schedule and registration page.

Q: What are the pre-requisites for Programs?

A: Please visit the Certification section for a description of all Programs.

Q: If I only pass a portion of a Level 2 Evaluation, or 3 or 4 Exam, do I have to take it over again?

A: No. If you were unsuccessful meeting the standard on either, or both, portions of the Assessment (Ski and/or Teach), you will not be required to attend the Training Program again. When coming back for a re-test, you will not be examined on the portion you've passed already; you will be re-tested on your failed portion only.

Q: I registered for a Program or Module, what if the weather is extreme?

A: Programs and Modules take place regardless of weather conditions. The only time it might be cancelled is in the event of a lack of participants or when the ski area is closed for an extended period of time during the Program or Module, due to extreme weather conditions (lack of snow, severe snow storms, lightning storms, intense high winds, etc.). Should the CSIA cancel, you will be contacted by the National Office and, if applicable, a full refund will be issued.

Q: Where can I get Program receipts?

A: All receipts are located in your Profile for the current season and last season. Tax receipts are made available in February for the previous year.

Q: I need to transfer or cancel my Program, how can I do so?

A: To view our policy and access the form, please click here.

Q: I keep reading about Education credits, what are they?

A: Education credits are the core of our credit-based, modular certification system. They attest to your effort in continuing education through the CSIA. For more information and to learn how to accumulate credits, click here.

Q: Can the training that I received or my work experience at the Snow School be recognized for Education credits?

A: Unfortunately not. Education credits are only allocated for participation in CSIA Programs and Modules.

Q: How can I see the number of credits I've accumulated so far?

A: Credits are being tracked on your personal page, under My Profile, then My Pathway. Credits are accumulated into a grand total, which can only increase. At no time will you be required to trade or “sell” credits. Processing of your credits to be posted onto your profile can take up to 4 weeks after the  Program or Module you've attended is complete.

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