The NZSIA offers a range of qualifications and certifications at all levels, including specialist certifications in teaching children, and avalanche awareness to name just a couple. In order to qualify as a ski instructor in New Zealand, the prospective candidate will need to progress through the NZSIA levels one to three.
NZSIA Level One
Ski level one certification is the entry level course for people first entering the snowsport industry, aimed to coach instructors to be able to teach skiers at a novice level from their first lesson up to advanced wedge turns. NZSIA Level one is comprised of a five day course culminating in assessment on the final day of the prospective instructor’s ability in conducting a thirty minute lesson. A written test in technical and teaching theory and knowledge is also undertaken on the final day.
Level one candidates must be at least sixteen years old, and have the ability to ski with advanced parallel turns on both groomed terrain and easy off piste.
After completion of the NZSIA level one certification, instructors can choose to proceed to level two, or may consider taking additional certifications such as the children’s teaching certificate, level one coaching, or free ski level one.