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CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor Qualification

The CSIA Level 1 ski instructor qualification is split in to two segments, your teaching and your skiing. To be successfully awarded this certification you must pass both parts of the examination. Any season long course participant who should fail part of this exam will be entitled to a complementary free re-sit*. 

Within the CSIA, 4 levels of certification are available. CSIA Level 1 is, you guessed it, the first entry level qualification. Level 1 covers off both teaching and skiing for beginner to intermediate skiers.

The course is an introduction to ski teaching technique, methodology and the role of ski teaching within the ski industry. It combines the basics of practical ski teaching methods and technical understanding. Split in to two sections of teaching and skiing, students must show their ability to teach beginner skiers the progression to linked parallel turns.

Over the 3 day course you will improve upon your skiing demonstrations and teaching technique with the advice and guidance from course examiners. This will give you all the necessary skills to successfully obtain your level 1 certification.


This course not only improves your skiing ability but also includes:

  • An introduction to CSIA skiing and teaching methodology
  • Strategies to develop skiers from entry level to intermediate (parallel) 
  • Techniques and strategies for effective assessment and development
  • Personal feedback on ski performance
  • Workshop on customer service
  • Workshop on teaching children
  • Lesson planning
  • Effective communication skills
  • Strategies for future development

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I've passed, who can I teach?
The successful candidate is certified to teach entry level to intermediate parallel skiers.

How long is the exam and is it stressful?
The exam is now set over 3 days, is fun, enjoyable and set in a relaxed atmosphere. Stress doesn't exist in the mountains! Assessment is continuous throughout the duration of the 3 day exam.

Where could I work?
Head to both Canada and the USA for employment opportunities with the correct visa in place.