NZSIA Ski offer a whole range of courses and qualifications, catering to every level of Ski Instructor, from those completely new to the industry through to the seasoned veterans.
Ski Level One Certification is the entry-level instructor’s course aimed at people interested in joining the snowsports industry. A Level One Ski Instructor is certified to teach first time skiers to advanced wedge turns.
The Ski Level Two Certification is aimed at instructors wanting to progress within the snowsports industry to teaching students from wedge parallel turns to advanced parallel turns. The minimum requirement to sit this Level Two is Ski Level One, or equivalent foreign qualification. A Level Two Ski Instructor is certified to teach up to advanced parallel turns.
The Ski Level Three Certification is for instructors wanting to progress within the snowsports industry to teaching students in all-mountain situations. The Level Three Ski Instructor is fully-certified to teach all levels up to advanced/expert skiers, dynamic turns of various radii and all terrain skiing. The minimum requirements for the Level Three Certification is Ski Level Two or an equivalent foreign qualification.
Over the summer NZSIA has completed an extensive review and revalidation of our membership with ISIA. The outcomes from the review include an update of the ISIA stamp requirements to bring them in line with ISIA minimum standards. The new requirements to achieve ISIA stamp are as follows…
This qualification is for fully-certified instructors (Ski Level Three) who wish to become involved with training staff at their resort or candidates for Level One and Two Certifications.
These courses are for those interested in becoming a coach or furthering their education as a coach. There are both on-snow and off-snow courses available, all offered through a joint initiative with Snow Sports New Zealand.
We offer two different Professional Development Camps open to all Certified Ski Instructors and an Advanced Technical Ski Camp (for Level 3 Certified members). A maximum of 1:8 trainer-participant ratio allows for excellent individual feedback.
Free Ski Level One has been developed specifically for instructors who want to learn how to teach free skiing using natural and man made features in the Pipe and park more effectively. This one day course includes safety, group handling and etiquette. It will introduce skills and progressions for free skiing.
The Children’s Teaching Certificate has been developed specifically for instructors who want to continue to develop and learn how to teach children more effectively. This three-day course includes modules on safety and group handling, the CAP model, student profiles, movement patterns, and application of the teaching model.
The Avalanche Awareness course is intended for Ski, Snowboard and Telemark Instructors wanting to expand their knowledge of the mountain environment, to travel safely within it and impart knowledge useful for an instructor within organised area boundaries worldwide. This qualification is required to achieve ISIA stamp status, along with your NZSIA/SBINZ Level Three instructing qualification, Level One in a second discipline, Teaching in a Second Language, and First Aid.