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Adaptive Education and Certification

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Adaptive Events

Education Clinics & Workshops

Education Clinics:

Understanding & Addressing Behavior in Snowsports Lessons

Guests in snowsports lessons sometimes exhibit bewildering behavior. This three-hour webinar will examine common behaviors seen in adaptive and typical lessons, reasons why they may occur and strategies to proactively address guest needs to avoid behavior challenges during lessons.

Bi-Ski/Mono-Ski Prep Clinic

Designed to prepare you for the Adaptive Alpine Bi-Ski/Mono-Ski Module On-the-Hill Exam. This one-day clinic provides participants with feedback on their bi-ski and mono-ski teaching and equipment handling skills.

Fundamentals of Alpine and Adaptive Skiing

Seasoned pros or instructors new to adaptive skiing can find much to like about this engaging and active session. Concepts and hands-on activities converge, providing opportunities for attendees to discover the hows and whys of:

  • The Fundamentals of Alpine Skiing
  • Skier assessment
  • Adaptive equipment selection and use
  • Innovative teaching assists and methodologies
  • Techniques for empowering learner independence

This clinic helps attendees acquire the skills necessary to offer appropriate services to guests with special needs who visit their learning centers. With the combination of Alpine and Adaptive Alpine Skiing concepts, all instructors can learn the truth of the adage, “Skiing is skiing.”

Teaching our 3-Track, 4-Track, and Slider Students

This one-day clinic is for all ski instructors who want to know more about the options available for teaching Adapted Stand Skiers. Both equipment and teaching adaptations are covered in this hands-on, practical clinic. Instructors who are planning to take their Adapted 3-Track, 4-Track, Slider exam can gain valuable exam preparation information.

Online Webinars:

Adaptive Cognitive Prep Online Clinic

Online interactive web clinic consisting of weekly videoconferences for 1 – 1½ hours over four weeks. 6 hour credit.

In this clinic you learn:

  • Common cognitive and developmental disabilities you may encounter as an adaptive ski instructor.
  • Classes of medications commonly used by our guests with cognitive and developmental disabilities.
  • How to create a progressive lesson for our guests with cognitive and developmental disabilities.
  • Teaching models (such as Sensory Preferences, Teaching Styles, The Teaching Cycle and Multiple Intelligences) that may be used for instructing any guest.
  • How to incorporate Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Guest-Centered Teaching concepts into your lessons to make them effective and satisfying for all of your guests.

In each class, we discuss the skiing, teaching and technical skills that are evaluated against PSIA National Standards. While this clinic is designed as a preparatory clinic for those taking their Level 1 & 2 Cognitive/Visually Impaired Exam, anyone who wants to enhance their Cognitive lessons can benefit from this clinic.

Adaptive Movement Analysis Online Clinic

Online interactive web-based clinic meeting weekly for 1 – 1½ hours over four weeks.

Each class reviews skiing videos and discusses the skiing, teaching and technical skills that are evaluated against PSIA National Standards. Each week the clinic focuses on one Alpine Skiing discipline:

  • Alpine skiing
  • Cognitive/Visually Impaired skiing
  • 3 Track/4 Track/Slider skiing
  • Bi/Mono Skiing

Visually Impaired Online Clinic

Online Prep Clinic consisting of two 2-1/2-hour videoconferences, plus homework.

On successful completion of this clinic (and with additional studying and practice), you will be able to:

  • Describe how the eye works
  • Explain common visual assessment terms
  • Articulate some of the most common visual impairments
  • Describe commonly-prescribed classes of medications
  • Perform a guest assessment
  • Follow proper guest etiquette
  • Perform indoor guiding techniques
  • Explain on-hill guiding techniques

In each class, we discuss the skiing, teaching and technical skills that are evaluated against PSIA National Standards. While this clinic is designed as a preparatory clinic for those taking their Alpine Level 1 & 2 Cognitive/Visually Impaired Exam, anyone who wants to enhance their Visually Impaired lessons can benefit from the clinic.

Exam Descriptions

All of Central’s Adaptive Modules have an online written exam. The written exam must be completed prior to attending the on-snow portion of the exam. For general information on how to access the online written exam please see our LMS-Guide page.

Adaptive Alpine Workshop and Functional Skiing Assessment (AD 230)

Designed as the first step in the Adaptive Alpine certification process. The two day clinic reviews the skiing skills needed to give a safe and effective adaptive alpine lesson. Participants have their skiing, teaching and technical skills evaluated against PSIA-ASSI National Adaptive Alpine Standards and the PSIA National Adaptive Exam Supplement. Each participant receives a written evaluation at the end of the weekend.

The Functional Skiing Assessment will be scored at:  Below Level I, Level I or Level II proficiency. Participant must score at least Level I in the Functional Skiing Assessment in order to participate in any of the Adaptive Alpine Exam Modules.

For more information please see: PSIA NATIONAL ADAPTIVE ALPINE STANDARDS and PSIA NATIONAL ADAPTIVE ALPINE EXAM SUPPLEMENT: https://www.thesnowpros.org/certification/national-certification-standards/

Alpine Bi-Ski/Mono-Ski On-Hill Exam:

This one-day exam evaluates the participants teaching, technical and disability knowledge specific to bi-ski and mono-ski lessons, up to skiing Level 6. Movement analysis skills are evaluated indoors with pre-recorded videos of bi-skiers and/or mono-skiers. Skiing skills as well as teaching, technical and disability knowledge are evaluated on the hill to ensure the participant can effectively and safely teach adaptive bi-ski and mono-ski lessons up to Level 6.

Participants may be certified in Bi-Ski/Mono-Ski Module at Level I or Level II proficiency.

Pre-Requisites:

  • Alpine Bi-Ski/Mono-Ski Exam Module Workbook (PDF): Bi-Ski_Mono-Ski_Level_1&2_Workbook-12-16-16
    The workbook is designed as a study guide for both the written exam and On-the-Hill exam. The filled out workbook must be presented to the Examiner at beginning of the On-the-Hill Exam. The workbook will be used by your Examiner as a reference of your technical knowledge understanding and may be reflected in your exam score.
  • Alpine Bi-Ski/Mono-Ski Written Exam:
    The Written Exam may be taken online (or by other means approved by the Adaptive Education Administrator). It is an open-book exam that evaluates the teaching, technical and disability knowledge of the participant specific to bi-ski and mono-ski lessons. A passing score on the Written exam is required before a participant may take the On-the Hill Exam module. Take it online here: https://lms.thesnowpros.org/

Alpine Cognitive Disabilities/Visually Impaired Exam:

This one-day exam evaluates the participants teaching, technical and disability knowledge specific to lessons for people with cognitive disabilities and visual impairments, up to Skiing Level 6. Movement analysis skills are evaluated indoors with pre-recorded videos of skiers who have cognitive disabilities and/or visual impairments. Skiing skills as well as teaching, technical and disability knowledge are evaluated on the hill to ensure the participant can effectively and safely teach lessons for people with cognitive disabilities and visual impairments, up to Level 6.

Participants may be certified in cognitive disabilities and visual impairments Level I or Level II proficiency.

Pre-Requisites:

  • Cognitive Disabilities/Visual Impairment Workbook–Cog_VI_Level_1&2_Workbook-12-5-17 (PDF):
    Study guide for both the written exam and On-the-Hill exam. The filled out workbook must be presented to the Examiner at beginning of the On-the-Hill Exam. The workbook will be used by your Examiner as a reference of your technical knowledge understanding and may be reflected in your exam score.
  • Alpine Cognitive/Visual Disabilities Written Exam:
    The Written Exam may be taken online (or by other means approved by the Adaptive Education Administrator). It is an open-book exam that evaluates the teaching, technical and disability knowledge of the participant specific to bi-ski and mono-ski lessons. A passing score on the Written exam is required before a participant may take the On-the Hill Exam module. Take it online here: https://lms.thesnowpros.org/

Alpine 3-Track/4-Track Exam:

This one-day exam evaluates the participants teaching, technical and disability knowledge specific to lessons for 3-track, 4-track, up to Skiing Level 6. Movement analysis skills are evaluated indoors with pre-recorded videos of 3-track, 4-track. Skiing skills, as well as teaching, technical and disability knowledge, are evaluated on the hill to ensure the candidate can effectively and safely teach 3-track, 4-track, up to Level 6.

A participant may be Certified in 3-Track/4-Track at Level I or Level II proficiency.

Pre-Requisites:

  • 3-Track/4-Track Workbook —3-Track_4-Track_Slider_Level_1&2_Workbook-12-5-17 (PDF):
    Study guide for both the written exam and On-the-Hill exam. The filled out workbook must be presented to the Examiner at beginning of the On-the-Hill Exam. The workbook will be used by your Examiner as a reference of your technical knowledge understanding and may be reflected in your exam score.
  • 3-Track/4-Track Written Exam:
    The Written Exam may be taken online (or by other means approved by the Adaptive Education Administrator). It is an open-book exam that evaluates the teaching, technical and disability knowledge of the participant specific to lessons for 3-track, 4-track. A passing score on the Written exam is required before a participant may take the On-the Hill Exam module. Take it online here: https://lms.thesnowpros.org/

Certification Pathway Requirements

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  1. Pay Central Division and National Dues

**Note: Maintain active certification status by paying annual dues and obtaining a minimum of 6 CEU’s every membership year (July 1 – June 30.) Any CEU hours greater than 6 obtained in a membership year will be applied towards the CEU requirement for the following membership year only.

Adaptive Level 1

Requirements:

  1. 1. Pay Central Division and National Dues
  2. 2. Have read and understood the National Standards for Adaptive Alpine Level 1 Certification and the Exam Supplements
  3. 3. Have completed any 1 of the following:
    –Adaptive Alpine Workshop & Functional Skiing Assessment – earning at least a level 1 proficiency.
    OR
    –Alpine Level II Certification or Higher, or have passed the Alpine Level II Skiing Module 
    –Alpine Level I Certification with the additional Adaptive Elements.
  4. 4. Complete and pass the Adaptive Online Written Exam prior to registering for the On-Snow portion of the exam.
    1. Additional Resources on how to access the E-Learning Course on the Learning Management System (LMS) can be found here.
  5. 5. Take and pass 1 of 3 of the Adaptive Module Exams (3-Track/4-Track, Bi-Ski/Mono-Ski, Cog/VI)

Adaptive Level 2

Requirements:

  1. 1. Pay Central Division and National Dues
  2. 2. Have read and understood the National Standards for Adaptive Alpine Level 2 Certification and the Exam Supplements
  3. 3. Have completed any 1 of the following:
    –Adaptive Alpine Workshop & Functional Skiing Assessment – With a Level 2 proficiency score ( If the candidate has already earned a level 2 proficiency for the Adaptive Alpine Workshop & Functional Skiing Assessment then they do not need to retake the course )
    OR
    –Alpine Level II Certification or Higher, or have passed the Alpine Level II Skiing Module
  4. 4. Complete and pass the Adaptive Online Written Exam prior to registering for the On-Snow portion of the exam.
    • Additional Resources on how to access the E-Learning Course on the Learning Management System (LMS) can be found here.
  5. 5. Take all 3 of the Adaptive Module Exams* ( The candidate will not need to retake the module exams that they have passed previously unless they received a level 1 proficiency in the module they would like to specialize in. In this case, a level 2 proficiency must be attained for that module.)
    (***In order to receive Adaptive Level 2 Certification at least one of the Adaptive Module Exams must be completed with a level 2 proficiency. If either the Functional Skiing Assessment or one of their Module Exams have not been passed at Level 2 proficiency previously, the candidate must retake an individual exam to achieve Level 2.)

Pathway to Education Staff

The Pathway to Education Staff Portal describes the various ways a Central Division Level 3 Instructor can work his or her way towards becoming a member of the Central Division Education Staff as a Staff Member or as an Examiner.

Prerequisites:
  1. 1. Alpine Level 3 Certified
  2. 2. Have an active trainer role at home resort ski school

Open to anyone meeting the prerequisites.

Education Staff Tryout Process:
  1. 1. Submit a written essay (required)
  2. 2. Submit a Video Portfolio of free-skiing and benchmarks (required)
  3. 3. After vetting/review, receive an invitation to the on-snow 2-day tryout based on materials submitted. (no fee)
  4. 4. Prepare a 5-minute indoor presentation.
  5. 5. Participate in both days of the tryouts.
  6. 6. Upon successful tryout, to be hired immediately.
Requirements:
  1. 1. High degree of professionalism
  2. 2. Outstanding communication skills
  3. 3. Self-starter re: continued professional development in skiing and teaching abilities
  4. 4. Commitment to work when/as needed
  5. 5. Ongoing contributor to the PSIA-AASI Knowledge Base

For more information, contact a Central Discipline Administrator.

Education Resources

Adaptive Certification

Candidates for Adaptive Certification will want to become thoroughly familiar with the 2014 National Standards and the Exam Supplements.

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