This course focuses on preparing candidates to deliver successful beginner experiences. The course covers fundamental skills that improve the effectiveness of instruction and coaching at all levels. Participants will be encouraged to share their own methods, progressions, and experiences. Topics to be covered include professionalism, the learning connection, Classic & Skate technique, lesson delivery, providing feedback, and movement analysis. The prep will also provide an opportunity to meet exam facilitators and prepare for the on-snow exam.
**Candidates for the Level 1 exam must complete the exam prep prior to taking the on-snow exam — and will be prompted to register for this virtual module as part of registration for the Level 1 Exam .
Prerequisites for L1 Exam Prep:
Event for certified members who want to prepare for the skiing, technical, and teaching skills in the Level 2 exam. You will receive clear feedback on the level of your skiing and teaching skills relative to the National standards. T This is a two-day event.
Prerequisites for L2 Exam Prep:
Event for certified Level 2 who wants to prepare for the Level 3 exam. You will receive clear feedback on the level of your People skills, Teaching skills and Technical Skills relative to the National standards and assessment form. This is a two-day event.
Prerequisites for L3 Exam Prep:
Clinic with Central education staff for one or two days. Clinics will provide enhanced personal skill improvement in a low stress, engaging small group event. Workshops will cover a wide range of topics most relevant to the group and facilitate guided learning. Be prepared for lots of skiing on both classic and skate equipment.
Clinic designed for Alpine, Snowboard and Telemark instructors to jumpstart your cross discipline knowledge about cross country skiing in a low pressure clinic with fellow PSIA-AASI members. This clinic is designed for Beginner to intermediate cross country skiers to cover classic and skate technique. If you have more cross country experience consider our regular cross country workshop.
Candidates will be assessed on their demonstration of people, teaching, technical skills for instructing beginner lessons. Assessment is based on PSIA-AASI National Standards. Candidates will participate in on-snow activities for both Classic and Skate disciplines. Expect to be on Classic skis in the AM and Skate skis in the PM. Successful candidates will demonstrate skills at or above national standards. Expect to teach to your peers or beginner students. Engage in honest discussions about ski instruction. Demonstrate professionalism throughout the certification process. Examiners are there to create opportunities for candidates to meet the standards. Ask questions as needed. Successful candidates will demonstrate personal skiing skills in the intermediate zone as well as an understanding of PSIA-AASI concepts and educational resources. .
Prerequisites for L1 on snow exam:
People skills will be assessed throughout the exam process. During the exam it is expected for all candidates to demonstrate people skills at or above level 1 standards.
You will have opportunities to teach to a beginner level student or group. Exact duration of the teaching sessions will depend on event logistics. Be prepared to teach a topic of your choice and a topic of the examiners choice. After you teach, your examiners will review your session with you.
Be prepared to ski all maneuvers and tasks listed in the Level 1 National Standards. Some tasks may be videoed and reviewed individually or with the group. Personal feedback on your performance of the maneuvers and tasks is an essential part of the certification process. We will be assessing how you give and receive feedback.
Movement analysis will be done by looking at video. You may also be asked technical questions during your teaching session and throughout the event.
Level 2 Candidates are assessed on their people, teaching and technical skills for instructing beginner, intermediate to advanced intermediate lessons. People skills will be assessed throughout the two day exam. Skiing skills will be assessed throughout the exam. Teaching skills will likely be assessed while teaching peers or Level 1 candidates. Examiners are there to create opportunities for candidates to meet the standards. Ask questions as needed. Successful candidates will demonstrate personal skiing skills in the advanced-intermediate zone as well as a comprehensive understanding of PSIA-AASI concepts and educational resources.
Prerequisites for L2 on snow exam:
Level 3 candidates seeking this highest level of certification will be assessed on people, teaching, and technical skills from beginner through advanced lessons. Successful candidates will demonstrate expertise at or above level 3 national standards. Candidates have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their skills over this two day exam. Candidates will likely be assessed while teaching peers or Level 2 candidates. People skills will be assessed throughout the two day exam. Skiing skills will be assessed throughout the exam. Teaching skills will likely be assessed while teaching peers or Level 1 candidates. Examiners are there to create opportunities for candidates to meet the standards. Ask questions as needed.
Prerequisites for L3 on snow exam:
This assessment-based certificate course is offered to PSIA-AASI certified instructors level 1, 2, 3 in any discipline. The course will help you understand how children; think, feel about themselves, interact with others, and move as they grow and develop. You will see how this understanding can be creatively applied to Beginner/Novice- Intermediate Zone lessons. You will have the opportunity to share your knowledge with the group and receive feedback on your skills as compared to National Standard.
Prerequisites for XC CS1 exam:
**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.
The Pathway to Education Staff Portal describes how a Level 3 Instructor can work towards becoming a member of the Central Division Education Staff as a Staff Member and Examiner.
Open to anyone meeting the prerequisites.
For more information, contact a Central Discipline Administrator.