CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance) is the organisation responsible for ski instructor qualifications in Canada. They have a four-tier qualification system as well as a separate snow park certification. As with other countries, each level has a number of different components to it.
CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor Qualification
The Level 1 qualification is available for any skier over the age of 15 that is a competent parallel skier. As a Level 1 instructor you are qualified to teach skiers up to intermediate parallel turns, but different countries and ski schools have different requirements.
– Level 1 Instructor course; 3 day course including assessment and coaching on personal skiing and teaching.
– Online workshops; 5 online modules.
CSIA Level 2 Ski Instructor Qualification
In order to do the Level 2 CSIA course, you must have completed your Level 1 course (other Level 1 courses ie/BASI are sometimes accepted so check with CSIA directly). Your Level 2 allows you to teach skiers up to intermediate parallel ski level. The Level 2 consists of a number of modules which can be taken individually or you can fast-track and take them all within a 5 day period.
– Level 2 Training; 2 day on-snow course and Guest Service module.
– Level 2 Assessment; 2 day on-snow training and assessed course.
– 10 Education credits (minimum); there are a number of ways to gain your education credits.
CSIA Level 3 Ski Instructor Qualification
The Level 3 qualification is available for advanced skiers who have passed their Level 2. Level 3 instructors will be fully qualified to teach skiers up to advanced parallel skiing. The Level 3 works in a similar fashion to the Level 2 and has a number of modules that need to each be completed to achieve the level.
– Level 3 Training; 3 day on-snow teaching and skiing course.
– 40 Education credits (minimum). Your credits must be accumulated before attending the Level 3 exams.
– Level 3 Certification Exams; 2 day on-snow course and assessment including teaching and skiing.
CSIA Level 4 Ski Instructor Qualification
The Level 4 Senior Ski Instructor is an internationally recognised course designed to develop the abilities of experienced instructors into trainers. As a pre-requisite, you must hold the CSIA Level 3 qualification.
– One of the following; CSCF Entry Level (trained), CSIA Snow Park certification, CASI Level 1 Certification, CSGA pre-course, CANSI Level 1 Certification, CFSA Club coach workshop, CADS Level 1.
– Level 3 Training Course; 6 day training course on teaching and expert skiing skills. You will be advised at the end of the course if you are perceived as ready for your exams.
– Level 3 Exam; 4 day technical and teaching exam based on everything learnt in the 6 day training course.
CSIA also have a number of other courses and qualifications. As a member of the International Ski Instructors’ Association (ISIA), the CSIA has the authority to issue the ISIA minimum standard international stamp to members (similar to the BASI Level 3). In order to reach the requirements for the stamp you must have completed 320 hours of education (completed through CSIA, CSCF, CASI, CSGA or CANSI) as well as the CSIA Level 3, Avalanche Skills Training (AST) and hold a recognised First Aid Certificate.
CSIA also have a Snow Park Certification which is designed for any skier with park experience who wants an introduction to teaching snow park skills. It’s a 3 day on-snow course with both teaching and technical elements.
Once you’re qualified as a CSIA instructor, you must pay regular membership fees to receive all of the membership benefits such as access to the jobs board, members’ deals and professional insurance.