Founded in 1938 and incorporated in 1949 as a not-for-profit organization, the CSIA is the professional ski teaching body in Canada. It is a federally recognized teaching institution and it trains and certifies ski instructors to best serve its partners such as ski schools and the Canadian skiing public.
Canada has six CSIA regions: British Columbia, Alberta, Central, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic — each represented on the Board of Directors. The six members of the National Board of Directors conduct the affairs and business of the CSIA. Regional affairs and member services are addressed through Regional Committees, who are serving regional needs through member newsletters, regional events and Level 1 Courses.
The CSIA offers four certification levels, in addition to prep training courses and professional development sessions along with hosting of on-snow regional events during each season. These levels represent a progression of skills and knowledge. Level 1 courses are administered by the Regional Committees under the technical guidelines established by the Education Committee. All other levels are administered by the National Office, based out of Montreal, Quebec.
Anyone who wishes to become a regular member of the CSIA must attend and pass a certification course. Each member has access to extended training and education and receives newsletters and material provided by the CSIA.
The Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance provides excellence in education for the profession of ski teaching, contributing to the growth and enjoyment of skiing.
At the Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance (CSIA), we value our sport and its environment, our members, our partners and the skiing public. As the leader in the profession of ski instruction and a most valued and respected contributor to the sport of skiing, we develop a safe and positive guest experience, a progressive approach and set national standards in ski teaching.
The CSIA is a member of the International Ski Instructors' Association (ISIA), the body encompassing the national ski teaching associations of some 38 alpine nations. The purpose of the ISIA is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among countries and to harmonize certification equivalencies with regard to international standards. The member nations meet annually, and every four years at a larger meeting, called Interski Congress, which is held on snow.