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Cross Country Education and Certification

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Cross Country Events

Education Clinics & Workshops

Education Clinics:

Cross Country Level 1 Exam Prep

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 Level 1 exam must complete the exam prep prior to taking the on snow exam.

Prerequisites for L1 Exam Prep:

Cross Country Level 2 Exam Prep

Event for Level 1 instructors and coaches 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:

  • XC Level 1 certification

Cross Country Level 3 Exam Prep

Event for Level 2 instructors and coaches who want to prepare for the skiing, technical, and teaching skills in the Level 3 exam. You will receive clear feedback on the level of your skiing and teaching skills relative to the National standards as well as tips to prepare for the level 3 exam. This is a two-day event.

Prerequisites for L3 Exam Prep:

  • XC Level 2 certification

Cross Country Workshop

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.

Online Webinars:

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Watch for special webinars to come online this season.

Exam Descriptions

Cross Country Level 1 Exam:

Candidates will be assessed on their demonstration of skills acquired during the Level 1 Exam Prep. 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.

The first day will primarily be a workshop clinic, allowing the group to refine their skiing skills through the use of video analysis, feedback from the group leader and interaction within the group. Teaching methods, drills, etc. will also be covered.The second day will include the teaching presentations by the exam candidates along with more skill refinement and technical discussions. Each candidate will be given a personal evaluation by the group leaders at the conclusion of the event.

Prerequisites for L1 on snow exam:

  • Attend Cross Country Level 1 Prep Clinic
  • Complete the PSIA AASI Central Cross Country Workbook. (see Educational Resources below)–  prior to the start of the exam. (Completed workbooks should be sent in no later than 5 days prior to the event. All workbooks can be submitted to submissions@psia-c.orgor mailed to the Central Office at P.O. Box 2144, Frankfort, MI, 49635.
  • Completed E-Learning Module. Click here to access the course: Delivering the Beginner Experience – Cross Country
  • Be familiar with National Standards and the PSIA-AASI discipline manuals (see Educational Resources below.)
  • Check the Certification Pathway Requirements below for additional requirements.

People Skills

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.

Teaching Skills

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.

Technical Skills

Skiing:
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:
Movement analysis will be done by looking at video. You may also be asked technical questions during your teaching session and throughout the event.

Cross Country Level 2 Exam:

This program tests an instructor’s skiing skills, teaching ability and technical knowledge.

Prerequisites for L2 on snow exam:

  • The Level 2 Exam Prep Clinic is recommended.
  • Be familiar with National Standards and the PSIA-AASI discipline manuals (see Educational Resources below.)
  • Complete the PSIA AASI Central Cross Country Workbook. (see Educational Resources below) — prior to the start of the exam. (Completed workbooks should be sent in no later than 5 days prior to the event. All workbooks can be submitted to submissions@psia-c.orgor mailed to the Central Office at P.O. Box 2144, Frankfort, MI, 49635.
  • Check the Certification Pathway Requirements below for additional requirements.

Cross Country Level 3 Exam:

This program tests an instructor’s skiing skills, teaching ability and technical knowledge. This exam requires excellent people, teaching, and technical skills. Successful candidates will demonstrate expertise at or above level 3 standards

Prerequisites for L3 on snow exam:

  • The Level 3 exam prep is recommended.
  • Be familiar with National Standards and the PSIA-AASI discipline manuals (see Educational Resources below.)
  • Complete the PSIA AASI Central Cross Country Workbook. (see Educational Resources below) — prior to the start of the exam. (Completed workbooks should be sent in no later than 5 days prior to the event. All workbooks can be submitted to submissions@psia-c.orgor mailed to the Central Office at P.O. Box 2144, Frankfort, MI, 49635.
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  • Check the Certification Pathway Requirements below for additional requirements.

Children’s Specialist Level 1 — Cross Country Focus:

This assessment-based certificate course is offered to PSIA-AASI certified instructors. 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 into Intermediate Zone lessons. You will have the opportunity to share your knowledge with the group and compare it to the National Standard.

Prerequisites for XC CS1 exam:

  • PSIA-AASI certification
  • Be familiar with Cross Country Children’s National Standards and the PSIA-AASI discipline manuals —  including  the Children’s Instruction Manual, Improving Student Engagement – Give’ em what they C.R.A.V.E. (see Educational Resources below.)
  • Watch this video before completing the XC CS 1 Workbook
  • Complete theCS1-XC Workbook-2018-19 Form Ext (Must be completed and submitted by 5 days prior to the event.)
  • Check the Certification Pathway Requirements below for additional requirements.

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.

Cross Country Level 1

Requirements:
  1. 1. Pay Central Division and National Dues
  2. 2. Read and understand National Standards. Use as a reference to better understand and clarify tasks on the score sheet:  National Standards for Cross Country Certification
  3. 3. Have practiced and are able to execute with proficiency, the tasks on the Central Cross Country Scoresheet. (See Education Resources below)
  4. 4. Complete the Delivering the Cross Country Beginner Experience free course 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. Complete the Central Cross Country Certification Workbook –  (See Education Resources below) This should be submitted at least 5 days before the on-snow portion of the exam. Submit completed workbooks to submissions@psia-c.org.
  6. 6. Attend and pass a 2-Day on-snow XC Certification Event

Cross Country Level 2

Requirements:
  1. 1. Prerequisite: Level I cross country or Level III in any PSIA-AASI Discipline
  2. 2. Read and understand National Standards. Use as a reference to better understand and clarify tasks on the score sheet:  National Standards for Cross Country Certification
  3. 3. Have practiced and are able to execute with proficiency, the tasks on the Central Cross Country Scoresheet. (See Education Resources below)
  4. 4. Complete the Central Cross Country Certification Workbook – (See Education Resources below.) This should be submitted at least 5 days before the on-snow portion of the exam. Submit completed workbooks to submissions@psia-c.org.
  5. 5. Attend and pass a 2-Day on-snow XC Certification Event

Cross Country Level 3

Requirements:
  1. 1. Prerequisite: Cross Country Level II, Recommended Cross Country Children’s Specialist 1.
  2. 2. Read and understand National Standards. Use as a reference to better understand and clarify tasks on the score sheet:  National Standards for Cross Country Certification
  3. 3. Have practiced and are able to execute with proficiency, the tasks on the Central Cross Country Scoresheet. (See Education Resources below)
  4. 4. Complete the Central Cross Country Certification Workbook  (See Education Resources below) – This should be submitted at least 5 days before the on-snow portion of the exam. Submit completed workbooks to submissions@psia-c.org.
  5. 5. Attend and pass a 2-Day on-snow XC Certification Event

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. Level 3 certified instructor in Cross Country and/or Telemark disciplines
  2. 2. Have an active trainer role at ski school or ski club

Open to anyone meeting the prerequisites.

Education Staff Tryout Process:
  1. 1.Contact the Nordic Administrator and provide a brief resume of your skiing, teaching and training experience.
  2. 2. Train with current education staff
  3. 3. Receive a request to assist a current staff member with clinics and exams 
  4. 4. After review of performance as an assistant, receive assignments to lead clinics and then exams
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.

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