APSI (Australian Professional Snowsport Instructors) have a series of qualifications to enable you to work as a ski instructor. As with many other organisations, there are 4 levels for alpine ski instructing as well as further professional development options.
APSI Level 1 Ski Instructor Qualification
The Level 1 qualification enables you to teach up to snowplough turns, mainly with children. You need to be at least 16 years old to take your Level 1 and be able to parallel turn proficiently on blue runs (at an intermediate level).
APSI Level 1 consists of:
•Course; 3 day course helping you to develop the skills required to pass the exam, including skiing ability, teaching ability and class management.
•Assessment; 1 day exam assessing your skiing and teaching ability.
APSI Level 2 Ski Instructor Qualification
Level 2 is designed to improve the Level 1 status instructor’s skills to teaching both children and adults at beginner level. In order to undertake your Level 2 you must already be a current APSI member, own the current teaching manual, work for a Snowsports school, have completed the Level 1, and have completed some in-house additional training.
APSI Level 2 consists of:
•Course; 3 day on-snow course to develop your teaching and technical skills.
•Exam; 2 day on-snow assessment to test your teaching and technical abilities.
APSI Level 3 Ski Instructor Qualification
Alpine Level 3 is aimed at instructors wishing to take part in ongoing professional development and enables you to teach to an intermediate standard (parallel turns on blue slopes). In order to start your Level 3 you must be a current APSI member and own the teaching manual, work for a Snowsports school, hold the Level 2 qualification (or international equivalent), have at least one season’s worth of experience and have completed in-house working experience or training.
APSI Level 3 consists of:
•Course; 5 day on-snow course designed to develop your teaching and technical abilities to a Level 3 standard, and an introduction to situational skiing.
•Exam; 2 day assessment testing your teaching and technical abilities, and other development from the Level 3 course.
APSI Level 4 Ski Instructor Qualification
Alpine Level 4 is aimed at instructors wishing to make ski instructing their career choice and is designed to improve your technical skiing ability and teaching ability to a very high standard. Level 4 is designed to enable you to teach both children and adults to carved turns. Before you take you Level 4 you must be a current APSI member and own the current teaching manual, work for a Snowsports school, hold the APSI Level 3 qualification (or international equivalent), have two season’s worth of experience teaching, and have completed in-house work experience or training.
APSI Level 4 consists of:
•Course; 10 days (2 x 5 days) on-snow to develop your teaching and technical skiing abilities to cover all forms of situational skiing and teaching techniques. The 2 courses can be attempted over 1 year or 2.
APSI also run a number of preparation days to give you the chance to prepare for the exams more thoroughly in an attempt to improve your chances of passing first time. These are available for all Levels from Level 1 to Level 4 standard.
Ski Trainer Status
Upon completion of your Alpine Level 4, you will be eligible to attempt to achieve trainer status. Or you can also complete other qualifications in the APSI system, including coaching, snowboard instructing, telemarking and Nordic skiing.