Frequently Asked Questions


What is the annual cost of NZSIA/SBINZ membership?

$85 annually due on first January each year and valid through to 31st December each year.

Why should I become a member and what do I get for paying my membership?
  • Becoming a member of the NZSIA/SBINZ means you can attend any of the courses or qualifications on offer. This is a mandatory fee, that will keep your qualification valid and entitles you to an array of member benefits.
  • Member’s qualifications are maintained on a database which allows NZSIA to verify your certification to employers. You will be able to access the information using your login details.
  • Your licence card is used as evidence of certification for employment and immigration purposes as well as proof of current membership. Membership is required by most New Zealand and overseas Snowsports Schools for insurance purposes prior to starting work.
  • Your support of the organisation through your subscription ensures that the NZSIA can continue to maintain and develop courses which are recognised worldwide. As a member you have access to further courses to develop your career in the Snowsports Industry.
  • NZSIA also represents the interests of Instructors at national and international organisations as well as maintaining the international standard of our certification.
  • The NZSIA/SBINZ website provides information, news items of interest, as well as employment opportunities.
  • The website shows special deals and benefits available to members.
How do I get my card?

You  receive a membership card when you are a full member. This means you will need to pass a Level One, Two or Three exam. Please contact [email protected] once you have completed all your courses for the first season, and a card will be sent out to you, including a photo. Once you are a full member and your subs are paid, a new card is sent out. Check the address you have on file is correct, as this is where the card will be sent to.

What happens if I miss a year of membership fees?

You can get your membership recurrent by paying up to 2 years of arrears and the current year owing. Please contact [email protected] if you owe more than $255 (including current year) and your profile can be amended. The years wiped from your record will be added to the 20 years it takes to gain life membership.

What is an associate member and what does it cost?

Associate membership is $85 and is for non-members who wish to attend NZSIA/SBINZ courses. Successful Level One candidates receive full membership.

Can I pay for my membership online?

Yes you can. Non-members and current members start in the same place. To login, click here.

Is life membership available?

Life membership can be purchased at 20 times the annual membership – currently $1700. Members who have paid 20 years of subs may apply in writing to become Life Members.


How do I book for my first course as a  non-member?

You must first register as an Associate Member and pay the associate membership fee. Once this is paid you will be able to access the course booking page. Start here.

I am a member/associate-member, how do I book for a course?

If you have already registered as a member, you must enter your username and password on the login page. If you do not know your username or password, it can be retrieved via the login page using your email address. If you have trouble, please email [email protected] with your details and it will be emailed to you.

I don't have a member log in (or have forgotten it) but I'm a paid member, what do I do?

If you have previously entered a username and password, follow the prompts on the user login page for forgotten username/password and these will be emailed to your email address (must be same address as that on record). If you have changed email addresses or if you have not entered a username or password previously, contact [email protected].

Will I receive something that tells me if I am booked on a course?

Once registered to a new course, you will receive an email with your booking details sent to the email address listed on you membership record.

Can I reserve a place without paying?

No, we cannot reserve places without full payment.

What is included in the course fee?

Your course fees cover the administration and delivery of that course only. This does not include any transport to the resort, accommodation or food – this is your own responsibility. It also does not include the prices of lift passes however some candidates may be eligible for a discount.

Any discount on lift passes available?

Out of resort candidates of the NZSIA/SBINZ will receive a 50% discount on their lift passes while on NZSIA/SBINZ courses. Contact [email protected] for further questions

What is your refund policy?

If, on the first day of the course, the candidates skiing/riding ability is determined to be below the level required for participation, the candidate will be asked to leave the course and may be granted a partial refund. Candidates are strongly advised to seek confirmation of their ability at their local snowsports school by requesting a lesson with an NZSIA/SBINZ certified Instructor or Examiner. Course numbers may be limited and registrations will only be accepted on receipt of completed registration form (or online registration) accompanied by full payment. Full refund (less 5% administration fee) will be given if notice of withdrawal is received in writing ten days or more prior to start of a course. If you are sick or injured within ten days of the start of the course you must contact [email protected] as soon as possible to be considered for a refund. A medical certificate will be required. All other refunds are at the discretion of the course manager. Registrations must be received at least 10 days prior to course start date. NZSIA/SBINZ reserves the right to limit, cancel or postpone courses if circumstances warrant. Full refunds will be given in the event of a course cancellation.

How do I know I am the right ability to join level one?

If you are unsure how you compare to the standard for level one we recommend you take a one hour private lesson at your local ski school. Ask for an NZSIA Examiner for that one hour as this will ensure you receive an accurate assessment and correct advice. If you still have some concerns then take some video footage showing your ability and email to [email protected]


Are NZSIA and SBINZ qualifications recognised internationally?

Yes, the NZSIA and SBINZ qualifications are well-recognised, particularly throughout the English-speaking world. Traditionally, the NZ Level Two is the lowest level of certification needed to work overseas.

What qualifications do I need to obtain my ISIA stamp?

To gain your ISIA stamp you must complete Level Three and the other pre-requisites as per the current NZSIA Certification Document. (see downloads) Once these are completed you may apply to NZSIA administration to receive the stamp – $25 fee is payable for the stamp. ISIA membership must be re-validated each year by attending at least one day of instruction run by an ISIA recognised national organisation.

What is the minimum standard required to sit the Level One?


For Ski Level One you must be able to make advanced parallel turns on most terrain at the ski area. For Snowboard you must be able to ride blue runs in control.


What are the NZSIA Ski class levels?


Class Levels Skiing Description
Level One Beginner – never skied before.
Level Two Beginner – wedge turn skier controlling speed with turn shape and comfortable on green terrain.
Level Three Intermediate – skier starting the turn in a wedge with the skis becoming parallel through the turn. Comfortable on blue terrain.
Level Four Intermediate – Basic parallel skier where skis and legs work simultaneously throughout the turn. Comfortable on blue terrain.
Level Five Advanced – Ski at an advanced level, which is making advanced parallel turns utilizing ski design to aid shaping of short, medium and long radius turns on most terrain at the ski area. The skier remains balanced and controlled.
Level Six Expert– A strong skier making carved turns with a variety of radius on all groomed terrain. Skis off-piste ski area terrain with speed and confidence using different turn types.
Can I sit Level One and Level Two in the same season?

Yes, this is certainly possible and very attainable for many people. Typically Level Ones are held mid-season and Level Twos are scheduled for late-season.

Can I sit the Level Two, Three or Trainers Cert with a foreign qualification?

Yes, this is possible. Members of other ISIA associations MAY be considered for acceptance onto NZSIA courses. Please email [email protected] with details and photocopies of qualifications before registering on a course. All foreign qualifications will be subject to the ski/snowboard committee’s approval, and their decision will be final.

Can NZQA units standards be awarded for any of the qualifications?

Yes, once the student has gained their NZSIA/SBINZ Level One certification, the school will then need to report the relevant units through their own accreditation. Schools report directly to NZQA. For further information please contact [email protected].

What age do I have to be before sitting these qualifications?

You can sit the Level One at aged 16 and the Level Two aged 17.

Do I need a manual?

There is a pdf version of each manual on the downloads page of the website. It can be downloaded here. If you would like a hard copy of the manual for ski and snowboard, you can purchase it through your profile under “manuals and merchandise”. Please ensure your address is correct on your profile, as that is where the manual will be sent to. Also please ensure you purchase the correct postage.

Can I get a student allowance for this course?

No, student loans are not available however if you register for a Polytechnic course which also includes our exams you will be able to apply for a student loan which will cover everything.