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Author: Ron Shepard

CEU’s, Central Line April 2021


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Wow– What a season this has been!

Did you know that PSIA-AASI Central members and staff revolutionized the way we approach certification and education? Absolutely! It was a team effort between staff and the membership. You started over the spring and summer, participating in our movement analysis courses from Joel Krueger, Erika Meier, Chad Peopping, Riley Shepard, Jay Stadler, and Eric Doane, in webinars from Ron Kipp and Horst Abraham, with Joe Kagan, Ron LeMaster and Chris Rogers. You continued by engaging in our Multi-Discipline Hybrid Level I process, designed by a team of our Education Staff including Jeremy Cabalka, Charlie Weeks, Phillip Howell, Jay Stadler, Jay Soule and Nicole Werts.  Perhaps you  tried our “Freestyle-for-Fraidy-cats”, developed by Phillip Howell, and Greg Chmielecki. How about Shawn Ryan and the hybrid Children’s Specialist, or Carlton Guc and the hybrid Senior Specialist products? You might have branched in to the multi-faceted world of Adaptive, where Ann Wing and her team have developed content that is beneficial to all educators, but especially snowsports educators.  Our On-Line Tech/M.A. process for Alpine Level II and III, and Adaptive and our Virtual Exam proved that we can remotely assess technical and teaching skills, and for the first time we have been able to truly asses candidates with real students in “live” lesson environments. We also were reminded of the value of participating in an exam with our peers, and the chance to get feedback during the process, and this will help us shape our processes and courses in the future. To those candidates who sought and those who earned a pin through this process this season, we congratulate you and compliment you for your hard work and industry. Recording the video was a challenge, presenting online was daunting, and yet the process worked- we saw some great teaching, the standards were evident in the skiing, and this is reassuring.

We look forward to bringing many elements back on snow for the 2021-2022 season, but we’ll maintain the virtual tech/ma portion of our exams– and we are transitioning this seasons LII Alpine  exam process into a coaching element and offering for next season, available across all disciplines– it was simply too useful to abandon.

It Isn’t Over Though…

We will continue to develop and build virtual educational offerings for members who have not yet fulfilled their education requirements (about 6% of central members are due for education still).. Your education staff, and that of other divisions continue to develop innovative education courses– this spring, we are working on several 1-2 CEU web courses- simple one-two hour “concept” offerings that conclude with some questions. You can already find plenty of them- through TheSnowPros.org and the divisional calendars (remember, you can get your CEU’s through any division, and through U.S. Ski and Snowboard as non-ASEA credits. Courses fill up fast though, as members in all 8 divisions are finding themselves seeking flexible online learning options . Courses completed before Jun 30 can be applied to your current CEU requirement.

Click HERE for webinars
Click HERE for e-learning
Click HERE for the Calendar   Be sure to select “All Divisions” to see the broad array of course offerings.

We have heard from a few members who have expressed hesitancy about pursuing on-line CEU’s, and we get it, sometimes we just want to ski or ride or work on our skiing and riding real-time. While we applaud those who made the leap to the in-depth concepts and content of virtual and hybrid education, we do have an option for those who simply wish to defer education to next season.  Members who are unable or unwilling to attend a webinar may opt to apply their twice-in-a-lifetime general waiver option. A $50 fee applies. You can find the Waiver Request form HERE.

Read all about it. 

Central Line editor Gary Evans has done a fantastic job putting together The Central Line magazine, and this most recent edition is a great example. Yours will arrive in the mail shortly, but you can download it here. Inside, you’ll find thought-provoking articles from Brad Miller, insights on Teaching Family Groups from Lydia Roberts, Keeping your Lesson Moving from Corey Schroeder and more.

Cheer on the Team! 

Did you know that Central has FOUR candidates trying out for the PSIA-AASI National Team? Zeke Fashingbauer is representing us in Cross Country, while Chris Fisher, Paul Bowman, and yours truly will be trying out as Alpine representatives.  The “One Team” consists of members from all disciplines, working collaboratively to design contemporary content and evolve our educational processes. The National Team candidates form Central have been working together in a truly collaborative fashion, seeking to ensure that we put our best out there during the tryouts. It is an honor to represent the division at tryouts, and an accomplishment to make it to the point of appearing next week (April 19-22) at Breckenridge, Colorado. If you find yourself in Summit County, be sure to cheer from the side of the slopes– I’m sure the candidates will appreciate it.

Thanks for your membership and support!

Ron Shepard
PSIA-AASI Central Division

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Central Online 03-17-21 (update)


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Thought you missed your chance for CEU’s?

We understand– on-snow and local options were small with limited capacity– and it may feel like your widow for continuing education credits is starting to close. Luckily, the PSIA-AASI Central Division education staff has been working diligently– evaluating the needs of the membership based upon exam and clinic performances. The result has been a new array of courses designed to present new ideas and concepts and tune your movement analysis eye.

SOLD OUT (More Sessions coming) Freestyle for Fraidy-Cats is an online course to help introduce the terms and concepts of freestyle without the risk. No boxes to slide, no threes, no sevens, no calling your drops. We’ll add sessions on Thursday Evenings for the next few weeks- check the PSIA-C events calendar for details. This course sold out in minutes! 

Next, you can dream of the steeps, the deep, the big drops and the narrow chutes while improving your M.A. eye with “Did You See That?!” The BIG MOUNTAIN EDITION.  You’ll learn to assess movements relative to tactics and technique and the Five Fundamentals of Alpine Skiing. Perfect for those seeking Alpine Level III, but beneficial to all who want to better understand skiing in the “Applied Fundamental” realm. Starts MARCH 24th, and the first edition of this course is being led by Training Director for Keystone Resort- Paul Bowman. Click HERE to register.

We’ve got more courses coming- “Did You See That?!” In the Beginner Zone is already on the calendar and ready for signups, Did You See That?! In the Race Arena is in development right now.

We’ll keep ’em coming, check your calendar often.

Learn the concepts of freestyle from the comfort of your recliner. 
Big Mountain Skiing is fun to watch- for the fundamentals and the tactical choices a skier makes. Learn the language of BMS through Movement Analysis and O.E.P. (Observe, Evaluate, Prescribe).

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Central Online 03-17-21

Thought you missed your chance for CEU’s?

We understand– on-snow and local options were small with limited capacity– and it may feel like your widow for continuing education credits is starting to close. Luckily, the PSIA-AASI Central Division education staff has been working diligently– evaluating the needs of the membership based upon exam and clinic performances. The result has been a new array of courses designed to present new ideas and concepts and tune your movement analysis eye.

The first opportunity is coming up fast– February 18th to be precise– but there are still a few spaces available.

Freestyle for Fraidy-Cats is an online course to help introduce the terms and concepts of freestyle without the risk. No boxes to slide, no threes, no sevens, no calling your drops.

This 2 CEU course is available now, by registering through the PSIA-C calendar HERE.

Next, you can dream of the steeps, the deep, the big drops and the narrow chutes while improving your M.A. eye with “Did You See That?!” The BIG MOUNTAIN EDITION.  You’ll learn to assess movements relative to tactics and technique and the Five Fundamentals of Alpine Skiing. Perfect for those seeking Alpine Level III, but beneficial to all who want to better understand skiing in the “Applied Fundamental” realm. Starts February 24th, and the first edition of this course is being led by Training Director for Keystone Resort- Paul Bowman. Click HERE to register.

We’ve got more courses coming- “Did You See That?!” In the Beginner Zone is already on the calendar and ready for signups, Did You See That?! In the Race Arena is in development right now.

We’ll keep ’em coming, check your calendar often.

Learn the concepts of freestyle from the comfort of your recliner. 
Big Mountain Skiing is fun to watch- for the fundamentals and the tactical choices a skier makes. Learn the language of BMS through Movement Analysis and O.E.P. (Observe, Evaluate, Prescribe).

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Newly Approved Cross Over – Reciprocity Policy

Meeting Date:
February 10, 2016

Moving person:
Julie Nitzsche

Second by:
Walt Sappington

Motion Text:
The cross over/reciprocity option is to be added to the requirements for exams in the Alpine, Nordic, Snowboard and Adaptive sections of the ASEA-C web site as follows:

For Alpine:

  • Level I – A Level III Certified Instructor from another discipline has the option of by passing the Level I Alpine Exam.
  • Level II Requirement – To take a Level 2 Certification in Alpine a candidate must be Alpine Level 1 Certified or Certified Level 3 in any other discipline.

For Nordic:

  • Level I – A Level III Certified Instructor from another discipline has the option of by passing the Level I Nordic Exam.
  • Level II Requirement To take a Level 2 Certification in Nordic a candidate must be Nordic Level 1 Certified or Certified Level 3 in any other discipline.

For Snowboard:

  • Level I – A Level III Certified Instructor from another discipline has the option of by passing the Level I Snowboard Exam.
  • Level II – Requirement: To take a Level 2 Certification in Snowboard a candidate must be Snowboard Level 1 Certified or Certified Level 3 in any other discipline.

For Adaptive:

  • Level I
    • A Level I, II or III Certified Instructor from another discipline may not bypass the Level I Certification Exam in the adaptive discipline due to the medical and disability knowledge required for the adaptive discipline.
    • An instructor from another discipline taking the Adaptive Functional Skiing Assessment may achieve Level I or Level II skiing/riding proficiency provided their skills meet the standard at the respective Level.
  • Level II – Requirement: To take a Level 2 Certification in Adaptive a candidate must have an Adaptive Level I certification due to the medical and disability knowledge required for the adaptive discipline.

Budget Impact:
Informing Level 3 certified instructors of their ability to bypass a Level 1 exam and take Level 2 exam in another discipline should increases the interest in becoming certified in another discipline. This would result in increased exam revenue. More instructors seeking certification or becoming certified in other disciplines also increase the need for continuing education clinics for enhancing skills and to maintain certification, increasing clinic revenue.

If a Level 3 chooses to bypass a Level 1 exam, as allowed, there will be a decrease in Level 1 exams taken and therefore a decrease in revenue will occur.

The possibility to increase revenues through exams and education clinics will probably outweigh the decline in exam revenue.

Supporting Rationale:

Central Division has used a Cross Over/Reciprocity option when a Level 3 Instructor in one discipline seeks certification in another discipline. All disciplines are being addressed in this motion.

The cross over/reciprocity option is not well known, has not been clearly defined to the member, nor is it noted on the website. This motion will provide every member access to the information of the cross over/reciprocity option. This motion considers the safety and quality of certification for all involved in taking exams and deems that it meets a very high standard in both catagories.

Alpine Certification Skiing Benchmarks and Exam Protocol

The Alpine Certification Skiing Benchmarks are essentially the same as the Alpine Movement Learning Activities, applied to Exam situations, and organized according to Certification Level.

During an exam day, you will be observed skiing during your teaching segment (demos), when you perform as a student in another candidate’s teaching segment, and skiing a selected series of these benchmarks (at least four).

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View the alpine benchmarks list »

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