Park and Pipe Certification

The Park and Pipe Certification is designed for those instructors who want to get more involved with teaching freestyle in and out of the terrain park and halfpipe. The freestyle components take the next step up from those contained in the Level Two snowboard instructor certification, and have a strong focus on park/pipe safety and etiquette.


Length: Terrain Park Module, 2 day workshop, 1 day exam.  Half Pipe Module, 1 day workshop, 1 day exam.  

Certification resource: The SBINZ Instructor’s Manual is required reading for this course.

Pre-requisites: You must be an associate member or full member and have the Snowboard Level One Certification or foreign equivalent (see FAQs). You must complete the Park and Pipe Workshops before you can take the Park and Pipe Exams.

Assessment Process

Park Module riding standards for this cert involves: Small jumps 2-3m (from lip to knuckle), straight airs (forwards & switch) with various grabs. 2x 180s & 2x 360s in forwards direction, Medium jump 3-5m from lip to knuckle, a – spin of your choice (doesn’t have to be a 360) with a smooth takeoff, solid in the air, and landing in the sweet spot.  Jibs consist of 50-50s, boardslides (both front and back), nose/tail presses, and 180-off, on boxes or basic rails. Plus a front or backside 50-50 on a street/urban approach feature. 

Halfpipe / Pipe Module riding standards: Primary focusing on technique NOT amplitude outcome. This should include appropriate speed control and edging skills to be able to flatten your base through the transition with edge change consistently in the vert. A grab on both walls in or above the vert. Versatility tasks (below the lip of a Super pipe) will be; Air to fakie or 360s. Or (to the lip of a mini pipe) drop in and out’s from deck to deck or a switch run.

To be successful in achieving this qualification you will need to pass both Park & Pipe modules.

Park and Pipe Riding Tasks

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Name: Craig Reynolds (“Renski”)
Course and Resort: Park and Pipe Cert at Remarkables

“I decided to the Park and pipe Cert to improve my own freestyle riding and to gain an extra qualification. When teaching in Japan I can now safely and effectively teach clients in the park, plus have more fun myself. The course was the most fun I have ever had on a course, with a relaxing atmosphere. I had an awesome three days and I learned so much from the Examiners, plus they kill it in the park.”