Terrain Park Certification

The Terrain Park Certification is designed for those instructors who want to get more involved with teaching freestyle in the terrain park. 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 safety and etiquette.


Length: Terrain Park Module, 2 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 Terrain Park Workshop before you can take the Terrain Park Exam.

Assessment Process

This certification is assessed in a one day exam.

Riding Assessment

Small jumps 2-3m (from lip to knuckle) – straight airs (forwards & switch) with various grabs, plus all 4 directions of 180s (2 switch, 2 forwards) and 2x 360s in forwards direction.

Medium jump 3-5m from lip to knuckle – 3 different grabs, plus 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. 

Teaching Assessment

Candidates will be asked to teach one of the above park tricks. The lesson should take approximately 15-20 minutes. The lesson may be followed by several questions to further test the candidates’ understanding. See the Course Outline for marking criteria.

Rider Analysis Assessment

The teaching assessment will include a brief rider analysis segment where the candidate will watch a rider on a device and give relative feedback to correct the rider.