Regular Membership

The Regular Membership is for active Ski Instructors who are teaching and/or Members who wish to attend a Certification Program, or National Module during the season. Regular Members enjoy a wide-variety of Member Benefits including Pro Deals, General Liability Insurance and Accident, Death and Disability coverage.

Consult the Insurance section below for further information on Insurance. Certain conditions apply.

Cost of membership varies depending on your status and on how many organizations you are affiliated with. To know the exact amount for your membership please contact us here at the National Office.

Associate Membership

The Associate Membership is an option for Ski Instructors who are not planning on teaching or taking a Certification Program or National Module during the season, but still want to keep their membership active. By changing your membership to an Associate Member and paying the annual membership fees, you will avoid having to pay a reinstatement fee.

For CSIA Members, the Associate Membership will allow you to continue to accrue your years of membership, towards receiving a Recognition within the organization.

The Associate Member is eligible for the General Liability coverage when skiing on their own personal time; however is not eligible to the Accident, Death and Disability coverage*. Consult the Insurance section below for further information. Certain conditions apply.

Cost of membership varies depending on your status and on how many organizations you are affiliated with. To know the exact amount for your membership please contact us here at the National Office.

25 Year Membership

The 25 Year Membership is an exclusive Recognition given to CSIA Members that have paid their membership fees for 25 consecutive or cumulative years. We also recognize 40 and 50 Year Members, with special certificates and pins.

Members having achieved this Recognition before or during the 2009-10 season, as explained in the outcome of the April 2009 Special General Assembly communication, were grandfathered and would pay fees at a special rate in future years. These grandfathered members benefit from the same advantages as Regular Members, including Pro Deals, Insurance Coverage*, etc. For more information regarding the outcome of the April 2009 Special General Assembly, please click here.

Names of Members having received these Recognitions are listed under the section “Awards and Recognition”.

Affiliate Membership

The Affiliate Membership status is intended for Ski Instructors that have been granted an equivalency for their Foreign Certification. Affiliate Members can also take advantage of our membership perks such as Pro Deals, Snow School job listings, Insurance Programs*, etc. Consult the complete list of membership benefits below.

To become an Affiliate Member of the CSIA, Foreign Ski Instructors are required to:

  • Complete the Affiliate Membership Application Form. Qualifications will be taken into consideration upon review of the application to grant an equivalency.
  • Once an equivalency has been granted, the Foreign Instructor can become an Affiliate Member by paying an annual membership fee of $170.60 CDN plus applicable taxes (for a single CSIA membership).

Affiliate Members can register for a CSIA Program once the Affiliate Membership fee is paid for that season.

Affiliate Members will be considered Regular Members after successfully completing a CSIA Certification of equal or higher level than the Certification level granted.

Affiliate Members can also apply for a Ski Instructor's position in one of the Canadian Snow Schools. Please click here to view the current Job Postings. Please note that Working Visas and/or legal papers are not provided by the National Office, but rather through your potential employer.

If you are interested in becoming a member for the upcoming 2020-2021 season you will need to wait until September 2020 for the new membership season to open to apply.  Check back later this fall.

Upon reception of your Affiliate Membership Application and supporting documentation later this fall, we will treat your request and forward you all details by email. Please allow up to 5 business days for us to treat the request. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

*Subject to all restrictions and limitations described in the policy



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Save up to 50% on your next ski equipment deal when you purchase with participating manufacturers, through our Pro Deal Program.

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General Liability and Accident, Death and Disability Insurance coverage, as part of your membership.

Travel Insurance program with Securiglobe.

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Scholarship Program available to help you reach your next level of Certification. Details

Participate in Professional Development, delivered by our CSIA Course Conductors. Details

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Substantial rebates on lodging with Choice Hotels. Preferential rates are offered on your next car rental with National, Alamo and Avis. Codes are available in your Profile, under Pro Deals / Other Benefits.



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Lift Ticket Discount for Program/Course Candidates: Benefit from reduced lift tickets at participating Resorts. Contact your local Resort in advance to confirm lift ticket details. NEW for 2019-2020, as a CSIA Member save 32% off ticket window prices at over 80 Canadian Resorts. Buy a pack of 5,10 or 20 Lift Passes from the CSC website with our promo code.

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Tax Benefit: The CSIA is an officially recognized federal and provincial educational institution. As such, Members will receive a Tax Deductible Receipt when participating in Programs, Modules and select Events.



Pro Deals

How does the Pro Deal Program work?

The CSIA Pro Deal Program is open to all active CSIA Members in good standing.

Each CSIA Member is entitled to 1 (one) set of Pro Deal equipment per season purchased in Canada. Your membership card is equipped with an image for items that may be purchased through the Pro Deal Program. Your card will be punched at the time of purchase, so please assure that you present your valid membership card at the time of purchase, otherwise your order will be refused.

There is no deadline to purchase your equipment (details below). However, stock is limited so first come, first served.

How do I purchase my equipment?

The CSIA Pro Deal Program varies depending on the manufacturer. Some will direct you to their online store and others will provide you with a PDF order form. For those who provide a PDF, you can either place your order directly with the manufacturer or you can present yourself in a participating retailer in Canada with the PDF form.

Unfortunately the CSIA National Office is not provided with a list of the many different retailers across Canada that participate in the Program. We strongly suggest giving your local retailer a call and speak with a manager to inquire whether or not they participate in the CSIA Pro Deal Program.

Please be friendly and very respectful of the staff at the participating retail store as they are providing CSIA Instructors with a service. If you have clients looking to purchase equipment, recommend the store where you bought your Pro Deal equipment, to return the service.

The CSIA National Office acts as the liaison for the manufacturer. If you have questions regarding products, pricing, etc., please contact the specific manufacturer or a participating retail store that carries the brand of your interest.

To consult the offers, please login to your personal page to consult this season’s Pro Deals. The Pro Deals can be located under My Profile. From the drop down menu, select My Profile once again and scroll to the bottom of the page.



Anyone who held a CSIA Certification in the past and would like to activate it, can apply for reinstatement by filling out the online reinstatement application.

The reinstatement allows the Member to reactivate their Certification(s), without having to retake the Certification. To do so, you will be required to pay a reinstatement fee in addition to the current season’s membership fee and any applicable taxes. Note that reinstatement fees and membership fees depends on the number of organizations you are affiliated with and your status with each.

Also, upon reinstatement, Members may be required to complete a Recall activity to ensure they are up-to-date on the current teaching methodologies. For further information on the Recall, please consult the Recall section below.

If you are interested in becoming a member for the upcoming 2020-2021 season you will need to wait until September 2020 for the new membership season to open to apply.  Check back later this fall. 

Upon reception of the application form later this fall, the CSIA National Office will validate and send you all relevant information pertaining to membership by email.  Please allow up to 5 business days for us to treat the request.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


ISIA Requirements

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, Exams, Modules 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.



In order to maintain the integrity of your membership, it is mandatory for all CSIA Members to participate in a Recall activity. This activity can be completed every year if desired, but is required at least once every 3 (three years). Your CSIA Recall year is displayed in your online Member profile.

CSIA Recall consists of either completing the CSIA Online Recall Module or by participating in a CSIA Certification Program. Participating in a PDP or a non-Certification National Program (Module, Convention, etc), no longer count as fulfillment of your Recall.

The Online Recall Module reviews components of safe teaching and risk management, guest service, our code of ethics as well as the CSIA Mission Statement and value. Those components provide an update on the current teaching methodologies.

It is in the Members’ best interest to keep their Certification up to date. It helps to maintain your Certification’s integrity, especially given the fact that numerous employers do verify the recall year. It also helps when Ski Instructors quite often return to teaching at Snow Schools year later.

To access the CSIA Online Recall Module please login to your CSIA Member Profile. Once logged in select the Training tab, then Online Courses offered from the drop down menu. If you wish to register for a CSIA Certification Program click here.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Snow School Directors (SSD)

The CSIA provides the following to Snow School Directors at no cost

  • Advertise job postings on the CSIA website (self service in Connexence) and official LinkedIn page (optional);
  • Preferred price on a "Communications eblast" to the membership (25% rebate);
  • Research payment status and certification of your Ski Instructors;
  • Purchase and consult documents related to the Skier Development Programs;
  • Participate in ZOOM Webinars with CSIA Directors and Regional EPC and RACs to discuss SSD topics;
  • Receive promotional material from CSIA (such as the affiliate CSIA Snow School Identification Window Sticker);
  • Partake in the CSIA Instructor of the Year Award;

Create an Account for SSD

If your organization does NOT have a Snow School Directors Account, please contact the CSIA National Office by email at and provide us with the following, so we can create an account for you:

  • Name of organization
  • Mailing address & physical address if different
  • Website & email address
  • Telephone number
  • Fax number
  • Name of contact person for the organization including their email and phone number


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