Ski Level Two

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 the Level Two Certification is Ski Level One, or equivalent foreign qualification. A Level Two Ski Instructor is certified to teach up to advanced parallel turns.


Length: 7 days (over an 8 day period with a day off on day 6)

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

Pre-requisites: You must be at least 17 years old an associate member or full member and have Ski Level One Certification or foreign equivalent (see our FAQs).

** Before you take the Ski Level Two you must complete The Level Two E-Learning course, based on information in the 2017 Ski Instructors Manual. You can access the Ski E-Learning system through your member profile. Look at the course outline for further information. **

Assessment Process

This course includes teaching progressions from wedge-parallel turns to advanced-parallel turns with a pole touch, the teaching model and learning process, class handling and safety, skier analysis, technical information and fundamental skill demonstrations – all relative to wedge-parallel turns through to advanced-parallel turns.

Candidates’ ability to analyse skiers and plan a lesson is formally assessed in three segments from video clips followed by a discussion with two Examiners. Candidates’ teaching is assessed on the final day during an approximately 40-minute long teaching presentation to other members of their group.

Candidates should ski at an advanced level, which is a strong skier making dynamic medium radius parallel turns and basic short turns on all groomed terrain. The skier is able to ski most off piste terrain at a ski area with speed and confidence using short, medium and long radius turns. Personal skiing will be improved throughout the course both on and off piste, and free skiing elements will be used as part of skill development. Candidates’ skiing will be formally assessed within the last two days. Candidates’ fundamental skill demonstrations will be improved throughout the course and formally assessed within the last two days.

Click here for Level Two analysis training videos.


Name: Sarah Thompson
Course and Resort: Ski Level Two at Turoa

“Intense and demanding, exhilarating and awesome fun! Not often can you learn so much and have so much fun in one single week. I found this course to be intensive coaching delivered with abundant enthusiasm, patience and dedication from the Examiners allowing students gain the most and perform their best.

I’m a New Zealander and have a lifelong love of mountain living. I’ve lived and worked in Colorado mountain towns in a variety of occupations including fitness training, many skills from which I can transfer to ski teaching. It’s inspiring to have such a high standard to aim for and to reach, then to have confidence and pride in the consequent reputation of the NZSIA certification. The Trainers have a high degree of professionalism, meticulous coverage of skiing theory and practice, and constant encouragement in the face of the demanding curriculum.”

Name: Tom Pryde
Course and Resort: Ski level Two Coronet Peak

“This was my third attempt at the exam! I thought it was well run and of a high standard. The lecturers were helpful and available if you needed help with anything. I think it equips you well for teaching. I have had two seasons at Treblecone instructing and two at Lake Louise in Canada. I am about to go back to Lake Louise for my third season there. I want to be a professional full-time ski instructor and intend to be in the business long term.”