Whilst BASI (insert link) is the main snowsports instructor qualification provider in the UK, there are a number of other organisations that offer certain qualifications more regionally; Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Wales.
A number of people start off going through the Snowsport qualifications and then want to transfer across to the BASI system, as the BASI qualifications are often more internationally recognised. There are some simple steps you need to take to transfer your qualifications over, and sometimes you might find it cheaper/easier/less time consuming to start in the Snowsport system and transfer over to the BASI system.
Snowsport England Level 1 – a number of the components are similar to the BASI Level 1, the main difference is that you take the training element and assessment at different times with the shadowing/mentoring taking place in between these two components for Snowsport England Level 1.
- Level 1 training course usually delivered at an indoor snowdome or dry ski slope in England, a minimum of 12 hours/2 days.
- Workplace training, working with a mentor to develop your personal skiing and coaching (20 hours).
- Level 1 assessment, can either be conducted 1to1 at a time that suits you and the assessor or can be carried out as a group assessment.
- Register with Snowsport England.
- Hold an appropriate first aid certificate (usually a minimum of a 12 hour course).
- Valid DBS certificate.
- Attend a safeguarding children course.
- Every three years you will be required to refresh your qualification, by either attending a 1 day refresher, or by completing your Level 2.
Snowsport England Level 2 – once you have gained some practical experience after your Level 1 completion then you are able to start the Level 2.
- Level 2 training course, usually delivered at an indoor snowdome or dry ski slope over 2 days/12 hours.
- Workplace training with a mentor to develop your personal skiing and coaching (20 hours).
- Level 2 assessment which lasts for a full day and assesses your personal skiing ability, coaching and knowledge.
- Current/valid registration with Snowsport England.
- Hold an appropriate first aid qualification (see above).
- Valid DBS certificate.
- You will need to refresh your qualification every three years, either by completing a 1-day refresher or by completing another training course within the system.
In order to convert your Snowsport England Level 2 to a BASI Level 1 you will need to book onto a BASI 1 day refresher conversion course (as well as showing evidence of your Snowsport qualification and paying a minimum of Associate subs). Snowsports Scotland ASSI or ASSBIs no longer need to attend the conversion day in order to convert their qualification, check out the BASI website for full details on how to go about the conversion. In order to then book onto the BASI Alpine Level 2, Snowsports England Level 2 holders must have completed 35 hours of shadowing or instructor experience since their conversion day.