Snowboard Level Three

The Snowboard Level Three Certification is aimed at working instructors wanting to progress within the snow sports industry to teaching students in all-mountain and other advanced riding situations. The minimum pre-requisite for the Level Three is SBINZ Level Two or equivalent foreign qualifications and the Children’s Teaching Certification. However you may take the Level Three Workshop before you have your Children’s Cert.

The course is split into a six-day Workshop with a three-day exam later in the season. Modules covered in the workshop include rider improvement in all-mountain terrain (off-piste), teaching advanced carving, advanced freeriding and advanced freestyle progressions, movement analysis, class handling and safety in all-mountain situations including off-piste and terrain park.


Workshop length: 6 days (3 days riding focused, and 3 teaching and analysis focused)

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 Snowboard Level Two Certification or foreign equivalent (see FAQs), and the Children’s Teaching Certification. The Children’s Cert may be taken after the Level Three Workshop.

** Before you take the Snowboard Level Three you must complete the Level Three online e-learning course, based on information in the 2017 Snowboard Instructor Manual. You can access the e-learning system through your member profile. Look at the course outline for further information. **

Assessment Process

Candidates’ riding, teaching and movement analysis are assessed during the three-day exam. Riding is continually assessed over the three days with key requirements being:

  • All-mountain riding on and off-piste (including black terrain) using various turn types and sizes.
  • Switch riding including carving on-piste and skidded turns off-piste – both up and down unweighted.
  • Competency jumping showing a variety of grabs, 180s and frontside and backside 360s on natural hits and in the park.
  • Competency on straight rails/boxes showing 50-50’s, nose/tail presses, and boardslides.

Read the Course Outline and watch the video below for more details on riding tasks.

Candidates’ teaching is assessed during a 45 minute to 1 hour lesson for advanced riders, presented to other members of their group. Candidates’ movement analysis skills are assessed via two video clips, one with a written exam and the other followed by a technical discussion with the Examiners.

Level Three Re-sit Policy

To be successful in achieving this qualification you will need to pass all three components (Riding, Teaching and Rider Analysis). If you are unsuccessful, we do offer partial re-sits. The following re-sit guidelines apply:

  • Riding – if unsuccessful here, you will need to be re-assessed for the one and a half days of the exam (usually on first and second days, weather depending).
  • Teaching – if unsuccessful here, you will need to attend the teaching assessment day in order to be reassessed (usually day three, weather depending).
  • Rider Analysis – if unsuccessful here, this will be reassessed at a time and off-snow venue (usually on the afternoon of the first day of the exam).

To be eligible for a re-sit you must have passed at least one of the three components above. The other one or two components must be re-sat and passed within a 12 month window from when you first sat your Level Three exam. After the 12 month window you will be required to sit all components of the Level Three exam again.

Your workshop will remain valid for life. However, as content continually changes it is recommended that you stay up-to-date by attending the workshop again after a few years if you are planning on taking the exam. Attending just one half of the workshop (either the riding or the teaching/analysis half) is a possibility upon request.

Level Three Riding Tasks and Demonstrations

Click here to watch on Vimeo where you can download this video for playback later.


Name: Sam Smith
Course and Resort: Snowboard Level Three (previously Stage Two) at Coronet Peak

“The Level Three Workshop was one of the funnest weeks of my season. We all had a great time riding together and talking about snowboarding. We learnt a huge amount and all agreed that our understanding of snowboarding had increased. It felt like we were given everything we needed to go for the exam and with enough experience you can pull it all together on the day. After five seasons of teaching I thought I knew it all, but I’m going back to Winter Park in Colorado with new life in my instructing!”

Name: Bjoern Aeschlimann
Course and Resort: Snowboard Level Three (previously Stage Two) at Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt (retake)

“Switzerland goes Kiwi for the Training and Exams – just because everything is perfectly organised! Going for the pre-course early season is the way to go. Get trained by professionals to the standard you need to be to pass the exam. Then you get the whole season for training to reach the level – so many fun training sessions with my friends. I went to the exam, had lots of fun riding with some strong snowboarders and learning from each other. I am now working in Wengen (Switzerland) in the Jungfrau Region which is the Top of Europe.”