As a Member of the International Ski Instructors’ Association (ISIA), the CSIA has the authority to issue the ISIA minimum standard international stamp to its Members. The stamp allows for an increased recognition of one's competencies at the International Level. There is no charge for the stamp.

A minimum number of 320 additional hours of Canadian Education is required to reach the ISIA minimum standard. Below are the three mandatory Programs one must have to obtain the stamp:

  • Mandatory: CSIA Level 3 Certification or other Canadian organization Certifications
  • Mandatory: Avalanche Skills Training (AST)
  • Mandatory: Valid First Aid Certification (from a recognized organization such as Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, etc)

The additional hours of training that make up 320 hours of Canadian Education, must be completed through the CSIA or one of the following organizations: ACA/CSCF, CASI, CANSI, CADS, CSGA or CFSA.

Programs including Courses, Exams, and Events will only count once, even if you attended them more than once or had to take the Program again before passing. The reason they are not counted more than once, is because you are reviewing the same information and material and is not to be considered as additional training hours.

Private training programs or Snow School training programs are not eligible. Also note that when referring to Education hours, this means the hours attending Programs, we do not count the amount of hours you have worked at a Snow School.

To submit an application, please click here.