There are several different ski instructor courses and qualifications that you can take and they are all related to different countries from around the world. However, there are four specific qualifications that are particularly popular and you are able to go through numerous organisations to obtain these popular ski instructor qualifications.
BASI, CSIA, NZSIA and PSIA ski instructor qualifications
These four popular qualifications are the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI), the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA), the New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance (NZSIA), and the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and hold the largest number of registered instructors. Obtaining a qualification through one of these four routes will set you on your way to teaching at a ski resort all over the world, although achieving the highest level of qualification in all of these ski instructor courses takes a lot of hard work and time, but once achieved will open up doors to the dream career as a professional ski instructor. Also, each country has different requirements for the level of qualification that you need to hold in order to be able to teach there.
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Ski instructor courses in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria
The other governing bodies noted for their national ski instructor certifications via different routes to successful ISIA qualification are France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria.
ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme) – Ski Qualification in France
France awards the Moniteur De Ski qualification, which requires an entrance examination before you are permitted to begin training. The entrance standard is very high and only skiers who can ski to a standard equivalent of level three under the BASI, CSIA, NZSIA and PSIA organisations stand a serious chance of acceptance. The Moniteur De Ski qualification enables ISIA instructor membership for successful candidates. Even if you don’t enter the French system, you are required to have the highest qualification in other systems to be able to teach in France. Enter link to article about teaching in France.
AMSI (Association of Italian Ski Instructors) – Ski Qualification in Italy
Italy awards the Maestri Di Sci certification to candidates who can first prove their validity for consideration via an entrance examination, and then a series of ski exams. The next stage involves an internship in a recognised ski school, and a second round of examinations. You will then complete another year of internship as a ski school assistant instructor, before completing the third and final round of examinations to qualify you as a Maestri Di Sci, or Italian ski instructor. ISIA instructor membership is possible upon certification as a Maestri Di Sci.
SSA (Swiss Snowsports Association) – Ski Qualification in Switzerland
Switzerland certifies their instructors via a route of progression through four levels, similar to the styles used by the BASI, CSIA, NZSIA and PSIA organisations. You must initially complete basic instructor education, which allows you to teach beginners skills to children. The first stage of the qualification proper then allows you to teach adults and children at a lower intermediate standard. Level two involves being able to instruct both intermediate skiers and snowboarders, before finally reaching level three, which gives you ISIA certification.
ÖSSV (Austrian Ski School Association) – Ski Qualification in Austria
Austria offers a three part qualification system, with level one or Anwärter allowing you to teach lower intermediate level children and adults, before proceeding to level two, or Landes. Landes is divided into three sections. You must successfully complete Landes one and two, as well as an alpine course, after which you become ISIA certified. You may then, if you wish, proceed to level three, or Staatlich Geprüfter Skilehrer, which is regarded as one of the highest levels of ski instructor qualifications in the world.
Remember that to complete any of the country-led qualifications, it’s highly likely that you’ll need to be able to teach in their national language; French, Italian or German. And your language proficiency will likely need to be higher than the second language tests that you take in BASI, NZSIA and other English-speaking country qualifications.