Snowboard Level Two

The Snowboard Level Two Certification is aimed at instructors wanting to progress within the snow sports industry to teaching intermediate students. The minimum requirement to sit the Level Two Certification is Snowboard Level One. Instructors qualified at this level can teach carving on intermediate terrain, intermediate freestyle and an introduction to off-piste riding.


Length: 4 day Ride Module & 4 day Teach Module

Certification resource: The SBINZ E-Manual is required reading for this course. The manual can be accessed through the Learning Portal (you will need to be logged in) or through the NZSIA member’s mobile app which can be downloaded for both Apple IOS and Android.Prerequisites: You must be…

** Before you take the Level Two Exam you must complete the Snowboard E-Learning Level Two online preparation course, based on information in the Snowboard Instructor Manual. You will access this through your profile, click here. Look at the course outline for further information. **

Assessment Process

Ride Module

The four-day module covers rider improvement in a wide variety of terrain, including on-piste, off-piste and in the terrain park.

Candidates’ riding is continually assessed throughout the four days with key requirements being: Riding blue / easy black off-piste terrain with good, technique, flow and style, forwards and switch skidded turn demonstrations, carving demonstrations (with a basic edged turn switch), and freestyle demonstrations (ollies and nollies, 180s across the fall line, pivoted board slides and presses on a box, straight airs with basic aerial awareness). Versatility riding is assessed with an on-piste “freerun” looking at candidates ability to adapt movement patterns to show various turn sizes and shapes, whilst also blending in freestyle and carving elements.

Teach Module

The four-day module covers all Level Two teaching methodologies, progressions for intermediate students, rider analysis and corrective teaching, class handling and safety on all-mountain terrain.

Candidates’ developmental teaching is assessed during a 30-minute teaching presentation to other members of their group, presenting intermediate teaching content from the SBINZ manual (anything marked with a blue square).

Candidates’ rider analysis and corrective teaching skills are assessed through a verbal on-snow analysis presentation and short teach, as well as an indoor video analysis and written test.

Example analysis videos are available within the e-learning platform, to help study for this portion of the exam. The written analysis test and the verbal analysis guideline can be accessed on the downloads page.

Achieving the Certification

To be successful in achieving the Level Two Certification you will need to pass both the Ride and the Teach Modules. Both modules also have a Behaviour and Conduct element, which is required.

If you are unsuccessful, we do offer partial two-day re-sits, under the advice of your previous Examiner. To be eligible for a re-sit you must have passed the Behaviour and Conduct elements.