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

A: You must be 15 years of age by the first day of the course. No exceptions.

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

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 course is all about. The course conductors are there to teach you how to teach, so that you will be able to go out and give a great first lesson.

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

A: The cost of the course varies from region to region. You can find all the information pertaining to course fees, please visit the schedule and registration page by clicking here or contact the Level 1 Coordinators for the specific region you wish to take the course.

Q: I'm interested in taking a Level 1 course this year. Can I register through your National office?

A: All Level 1 courses are managed by the regions but registrations can be done through the national website, by clicking here.

Q: A friend of mine just received a membership card with a member number. Why was I only given a cardboard card when I completed my Level 1 course?

A: That’s your temporary card, which confirms that you have successfully completed your Level 1 course. Once your course 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 course and failed, what do I have to do?

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

Q: I've passed my Level 1 and want to take another course?

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 courses?

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

Q: If I only pass a portion of a Level 2, 3 or 4 exams, do I have to take the full course over again?

A: No. Should you fail to meet the standard on either, or both, portions of the assessment (ski and/or teach), you will not be required to attend the training course 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 course, what if the weather is lousy?

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

Q: Where can I get course receipts?

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

Q: Can the training I received or my work experience at the ski school be recognized for Education Credits?

A: Unfortunately not. Education Credits are only allocated for participation in CSIA programs.

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 unto your profile can take up to 4 weeks after the program you've attended.

Q: I am a CSIA member in good standing and still actively teaching at the young age of 73. However, I was told by a fellow member that I am NOT covered by CSIA’s insurance programs. Is this true?

A: Our general liability policy does not have an age limitation. You are therefore covered for third party property damage or bodily injury while on the hill, either while you are teaching under the employment of a recognized ski school, or leisure skiing on your personal time.

However, CSIA's Accidental Death and Disability (AD&D) policy does have an age limit for coverage of members aged 70 years and over.