We recommend you first read our ‘Career as a ski instructor’ and ‘Which ski instructor qualification route is best for you?’ articles if you have not done so already since they provide useful information about the different types of ski instructor qualifications that are available and the differences between them.
Where can you work once you have qualified as a ski instructor?
Once you have reached the level of ISIA professional membership via the qualification route of your choice, you are eligible to work in any of the current 39 member countries of ISIA. Many countries do not have their own recognised national training programme leading to the international ISIA qualification, and instructors in these countries train and qualify via one of the popular ski instructor courses either at home or abroad.
However, bear in mind when planning your future career for the long term, that as well as reaching the requisite level of experience and certification in skiing you may require a work permit or work visa to be able to seek employment after qualification, or to be able to study and train for your qualifications in that country.
You may require foreign language skills in order to get a start in a ski school in a country which does not speak your native language, and competition for instructor places can be fierce in popular countries and resorts.
The full list of ISIA member countries:
• Great Britain
• New Zealand
• San Marino
• South Korea