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Course Guides & Certification Levels

CSIA Courses in Andorra

The Course Information on the links below is on the CSIA website and relates to the course structure in Canada.  In Andorra, although the Goals and Content amount to the same, there are differences to the Course Outline, Length and Schedule.

For example all Indoor course work in Andorra usually takes place in the evenings.

The Level 2 is the standard 5 day course.

However we are now also running a 12 day extended course which provides extra coaching and hours, producing higher skills levels and a better pass rate.  This 12 day Course is the standard Level 2 incorporating an extra 7 days of training .

We have a Level 3 Extended Course which is the standard Canadian 5 day Level 3 incorporating some extra days of ski training.



Please Note: All the course details on instructor-academy.com are for your guidance only. The content will rarely change but the actual course structure day-by-day is decided by the Course Conductor in resort.


CERTIFICATION LEVELS

Certification Pathway Overview

Level 1 Certification Description

The Level 1 Ski Instructor Certification is for any competent parallel skier, aged 15 years or older, and seeking to work as a Ski Instructor. The Level 1 Candidate can expect to be exposed to a variety of terrain, snow conditions and terrain features.

The Level 1 Program is an introduction to ski teaching, the CSIA's Technical Reference and methodology, and the role of ski teaching within the ski industry. It combines the basics of practical ski teaching methods, technical understanding and development of guest service skills, specifically addressing children's skiing.

The Level 1 Certification Program includes:

  • An introduction to CSIA skiing and teaching methodology
  • Strategies to develop skiers from entry level to intermediate
  • Techniques and strategies for effective assessment and development
  • Personal feedback on skiing performance
  • Interactive preparatory Online Module to be completed during the Course, or in advance if desired

Candidate Guide: click here
Click here to access the YouTube playlist.

Following your Registration by Instructor Academy with the CSIA in Canada, an access code to the Online Module will be emailed to you. This 20-minute Interactive Module introduces concepts that will be used throughout the Level 1: Decision Making for Instructors, The Gliding Experience (beginner progression), Technical Reference, and responsible teaching. Candidates are responsible for this information as part of the Course curriculum.

 

Level 2 Certification Description

The Level 2 Ski Instructor Certification is for good intermediate to advanced skiers who have passed the Level 1 Certification. This Program enables Ski Instructors to improve their decision making and situational teaching skills, to acquire a better understanding of CSIA technique and methodology, our Technical Reference, and the role of ski teaching within the ski industry. It combines practical ski teaching methods for intermediate parallel skiers, technical understanding and development, and improvement of guest service skills.

Candidates will receive training on their skiing, teaching and people skills with the goal of reaching the Level 2 Standard. They will also receive suggestions and strategies for long-term development. The successful Candidate is certified to teach skiers up to intermediate parallel skill level.

Since the 2013-2014 season, the Level 2 Certification is now offered in a Modular, Credit-based structure.

The Certification consists of 3 components, each requiring its own individual registration:

 

Level 2 Training

  • Ski and Teach Training
  • On-snow and indoor sessions
  • Mandatory Online Learning Content: "Guest Service Online Module" & "Level 2 eprep" (must be completed to obtain Certification)

Candidate guide: click here

Level 2 Evaluation

  • Ski and Teach Evaluation for Level 2 Certification

Candidate guide: click here

Level 2 Videos

Prepare for the above Programs by viewing our compilation of videos pertaining to the Level 2 Certification.
Click here to access the YouTube playlist.

CSIA Level 2 Extended

This 12 day Course is the standard (5 day) Level 2 incorporating an extra 7 days of training. The extended course provides extra coaching and hours, producing higher skills levels and a better Level 2 pass rate.  Conductors and Participants now all agree that this 12 day course provides superb continuity in skills development - leading to excellent pass rates. Well done all! 

 

Level 3 Certification Description

The Level 3 Ski Instructor Certification is for advanced skiers, with some skills in short radius and bumps, that have passed the Level 2 Certification. This Program enables Ski Instructors to improve their situational teaching skills, to acquire a better understanding of CSIA technique and methodology, our Technical Reference, and the role of ski teaching within the ski industry, as well as introduce Instructor Training. It combines practical ski teaching methods, technical understanding and development, and improvement of guest service skills.

Candidates will receive training on their skiing, teaching and people skills with the goal of reaching the Level 3 Standard. They will also receive suggestions and strategies for long-term development. The successful candidate is certified to teach skiers up to advanced parallel skill level, including short radius and bumps.

Since the 2014-2015 season, the Level 3 Program is now offered in a Modular, Credit-based structure.

The Certification consists of 3 components, each requiring its own individual registration:

 

Level 3 Training

Training in advanced skiing and teaching skills, with development strategies and recommendations for Level 3 Exam.

  • Ski improvement at advanced performance level with exposure to varied terrain
  • Technical Reference points for advanced skiing
  • Development of advanced teaching skills with practice teaching
  • Review of Level 3 Standards and Exam procedures
  • Individual development strategies

Duration: 3 days
Prerequisites: CSIA Level 2 Certification
Candidate guide: click here

Education Credits

The required 40 Education credits can be accumulated before or after the L3 Training Program but they absolutely must be accumulated before attending the L3 Exam.

  • Level 2 Instructors have already acquired at least 10 credits through the Certification's requirements
  • To view your Education credits total, please login to your personal page and then look for the Pathway tab
  • Members having attended the 5 day Level 3 Training prior to the 2014-2015 season, have been automatically allocated the necessary credits to fulfill the structure's requirements

Level 3 Exam

  • Skiing is evaluated in a Ski-Off format. The Ski-Off is reviewed during the L3 Exam and each Candidate will be given clear directions for Exam preparation
  • The Teaching Exam consists of a 60 minute lesson taught to your peers. Teaching assignments are given the morning of the Exam, by the Course Conductor in charge
  • Candidates who fail skiing or teaching can be re-tested on that portion with no time limitation. Candidates passing one portion will never have to be re-tested again for that portion
  • All Candidates, including first-time participants, have the option of challenging only one of the two Exams, to obtain a Partial Level 3 Certification
  • The process of Certification is not limited in time. Once qualified for the Exam, Candidates will not have to attend the L3 Training Program ever again

Prerequisites: Level 3 Training completed (current 3 day format) AND 40 Education credits accumulated -OR- Level 3 Training Course completed (previous 5 day format)
Online Module prerequisite: Level 3 eprep

Were you qualified for the Exam after the 2013-2014 season? You still are.

Members who were already qualified for the Level 3 Exam at the end of the 2013-2014 season are still qualified for the Exam under the Modular structure. If you have attended the previously offered 5 day Level 3 Training Course, you can go straight to the Exam, without having to accumulate any Education credits. The mandatory Education credits to fulfill the Certification's requirements have been automatically allocated to you.

Preparing for Exam

Level 3 Standards are significantly higher than the Level 2 Certification. To maximize the chances of success, Candidates are encouraged to develop a personal training plan and seek specific training based on their needs.

Level 3 Videos

Prepare for the L3 Training or the L3 Exam by viewing our compilation of videos pertaining to the Level 3 Certification. Click here to access the YouTube playlist.

 

Level 4 Certification Description

The Level 4 Program aims to train and develop expert instructors by perfecting their skill development abilities, as well as their skiing and methodology, on all terrain, for all levels of skiers.

The Level 4 Certification requires successfully completing 3 Exams: Level 4 Skiing Exam, Level 4 Expert Teaching Exam and The Trainer Development Exam. Partial Certification is possible for either skiing or teaching. To achieve the Partial Teaching Certification, both the Level 4 Expert Teaching and Trainer Development Exams must be successfully completed.

The structure consists of 4 components:

Level 4 Training

This Program provides training in expert skiing and teaching and individual development strategies. Candidates leave the Program with clear verbal and written evaluations of their performance and their potential, suggestions for long term development, strategies and time frame for Exam preparation. Sessions will focus on:

  • Expert development principles
  • Situational development with methodology
  • Ski-Off review with individual objectives and strategies

Duration: 4 days
Prerequisites: CSIA Level 3 Certification
Candidate guide: click here

Trainer Development Module

This Module covers methods of Instructor Training ("teach to teach") and is intended to develop general skills for Trainers. It is recommended for any Level 3 Instructor who wishes to become a Level 1 Course Conductor, but it does not replace the annual Regional Level 1 Course Conductor Training. The Module is mandatory for Level 4 Certification (*note: anyone that has taken the Level 4 Training Program prior to the 2015-2016 session is granted an equivalence for this component).

Duration: 2 days
Prerequisites: CSIA Level 3 Certification
Module outline: click here

Trainer Development Exam

After completing the Trainer Development Module, Candidates must pass an Instructor Training Session (45-55 minute Peer Teaching Exam). While this Exam can be completed before or after Level 4 Exam, this is a required component for the level 4 Teaching Certification. Candidates who have already achieved the Level 4 Partial-Teaching Certification are granted an equivalency on this component.

Duration: 1 day
Prerequisites: Trainer Development Module)
Exam outline: click here

 

Snow Park Certification

The Snow Park Certification Program is designed for any skier with park experience who wants teach in the park. It includes:

  • An introduction to teaching Snow Park skills
  • Practical ski improvement and teaching methods with a technical understanding and development of the guest experience
  • Demonstration of advanced park and riding skills
  • Upon successful completion of the Program, the Candidate becomes a CSIA Member and is certified to teach Snow Park skills up to an advanced level - air progressions, rails and switch skiing

Duration: 3 days (20 hours)
Education credits value: 10 credits
Prerequisites: 15 years of age, with some park experience. No previous CSIA Certification required
Candidate guide: click here

 

Education Credits

Launched for the 2013-2014 season, the Education credits concept marks a historic change to the CSIA's Education system. In recent years, continuing education has become more and more important to Ski Instructors and Snow Schools alike. Now, our Members' participation within numerous Programs is being valued through the attribution of Education credits.
These credits are being tracked on your personal page, under the Pathway tab. Credits are accumulated into a grand total, which can only increase. At no time will you be required to trade or "sell" credits.
Pertaining to Certification, specific numbers of credits serve as eligibility milestones.
Reach 10 credits to fulfill the Level 2 requirements.
Reach 40 credits to fulfill the Level 3 requirements.

 

 

 

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