303-987-9390
info@psia-c.org

Telemark Education and Certification

Set yourself free!

Telemark Events

Education Clinics & Workshops

Education Clinics:

Learn to Telemark

This event offers experienced snowsports instructors an opportunity to explore the world of telemark skiing with the PSIA-C Telemark Ed Staff. Learn the basics of free-heel skiing from the best.

Telemark loaner equipment may be available — please contact the office in advance.

Level 2 Telemark Exam Prep

Recommended for all Certified Level 1 instructors who plan to take the Level 2 exam or who would like to further their skiing and teaching skills. Telemark Prep is one day and both skiing and teaching knowledge are covered in this event. Each Telemark Exam Prep is tailored to the members’ need.

Level 3 Telemark Exam Prep

Recommended for all Certified Level 2 instructors who plan to take the Level 3 exam or who would like to further their skiing and teaching skills. Telemark Prep is one day and both skiing and teaching knowledge are covered in this event. Each Telemark Exam Prep is tailored to the members’ need.

Telemark Workshop

This event is open to Non-Members for an additional fee

What: Event focusing on fine-tuning your skiing skills, teaching skills, and technical knowledge.

Why: An opportunity to enhance skiing, teaching and technical fundamentals for instructors and coaches of all experience levels. Can also be taken as a prep for the Level 1 exam.

How: This event includes personal skiing improvement, with instruction in Telemark techniques, teaching strategies, teaching progressions, and risk awareness.

Women’s Telemark Clinic

Improve your telemark skills in a tailored-to-your-needs, supportive, fun women’s clinic. Basic telemark skills are recommended, but not required.

Online Webinars:

Webinar Title (Webinar)

If you have suggestions for telemark-specific webinars, email info@psia-c.org.

Exam Descriptions

Telemark Level 1 Exam:

The Level 1 Certification Clinic is a combination clinic and evaluation. Day one your evaluator will provide a clinic based on the certification standards for the level being tested. Day two will be used to evaluate the candidates’ ability to ski, perform tasks and teach the other participants a constructive and productive lesson progression. These evaluations will be based on the standards for the level being tested. Each candidate will be given a personal evaluation by the group leader at the conclusion of the event.


The following will be accomplished during the exam:

Teaching & Technical:

  • You will teach  one or two 10-15 minute sessions based on a Level One standard student profile.
  • Your teaching session will be based on the discretion of your group.
  • It is important to know why you are teaching a particular task and what skills the task highlights. (See the Telemark Technical Manual.)
  • It is important to know and understand how to communicate using Visual Auditory and Kinesthetic methods.
  • Understand and demonstrate appropriate MA (Movement Analysis), observe, evaluate, and prescribe.
  • Know and relate to the four skills involved in Telemark skiing.
  • Understand equipment issues that may facilitate or hinder positive skiing outcomes.
  • Be able to appropriately communicate biomechanics and the physics of skiing.

Skiing:

  • We will ski through  and evaluate on all the maneuvers and tasks listed in  Telemark Skiing Standards found in the Telemark Certification 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. It is important to demonstrate the tasks correctly.

Prerequisites:

  • Telemark Certification Online Exam – must be completed before you can register for the on-snow portion of the exam.
    (For help in accessing the Online Exam in the LMS, check out this guide.)
  • Review the Education Resources below, including Standards, Manuals, and exam Sample Scoresheets.
    ***Note: The Telemark Technical Manual and Teaching Snowsports Manual are a must read prior to attending a certification.
  • Be sure to check other prerequisites in the Certification Pathways Guide below.

Telemark Level 2 Exam:

Both exam days will be used to evaluate the candidates’ ability to ski, perform ski tasks, and teach the other participants a constructive and productive lesson progression.These evaluations will be based on the standards for the level being tested. Each candidate will be given a personal evaluation by the group leader at the conclusion of the event.

The following will be accomplished during the exam:

Teaching & Technical:

  • You will teach  one or two 10-15 minute sessions based on a Level Two standard student profile.
  • Your teaching session will be based on the discretion of your group.
  • It is important to know why you are teaching a particular task and what skills the task highlights. (See the Telemark Technical Manual.)
  • It is important to know and understand how to communicate using Visual Auditory and Kinesthetic methods.
  • Understand and demonstrate appropriate MA (Movement Analysis), observe, evaluate, and prescribe.
  • Know and relate to the four skills involved in Telemark skiing.
  • Understand equipment issues that may facilitate or hinder positive skiing outcomes.
  • Be able to appropriately communicate biomechanics and the physics of skiing.

Skiing:

  • We will ski through  and evaluate on all the maneuvers and tasks listed in  Telemark Skiing Standards found in the Telemark Certification 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. It is important to demonstrate the tasks correctly.

Prerequisites:

  • Telemark Level 2 Certification Online Exam – must be completed before you can register for the on-snow portion of the exam.
    (For help in accessing the Online Exam in the LMS, check out this guide.)
  • Review the Education Resources below, including Standards, Manuals, and exam Sample Scoresheets.
    ***Note: The Telemark Technical Manual and Teaching Snowsports Manual are a must read prior to attending a certification.
  • Be sure to check other prerequisites in the Certification Pathways Guide below.

Telemark Level 3 Exam:

Both exam days will be used to evaluate the candidates’ ability to ski, perform ski tasks, and teach the other participants a constructive and productive lesson progression.These evaluations will be based on the standards for the level being tested. Each candidate will be given a personal evaluation by the group leader at the conclusion of the event.

The following will be accomplished during the exam:

Teaching & Technical:

  • You will teach  one or two 10-15 minute sessions based on a Level Three standard student profile.
  • Your teaching session will be based on the discretion of your group.
  • It is important to know why you are teaching a particular task and what skills the task highlights. (See the Telemark Technical Manual.)
  • It is important to know and understand how to communicate using Visual Auditory and Kinesthetic methods.
  • Understand and demonstrate appropriate MA (Movement Analysis), observe, evaluate, and prescribe.
  • Know and relate to the four skills involved in Telemark skiing.
  • Understand equipment issues that may facilitate or hinder positive skiing outcomes.
  • Be able to appropriately communicate biomechanics and the physics of skiing.

Skiing:

  • We will ski through  and evaluate on all the maneuvers and tasks listed in  Telemark Skiing Standards found in the Telemark Certification 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. It is important to demonstrate the tasks correctly.

Prerequisites:

  • Telemark Level 3 Certification Online Exam – must be completed before you can register for the on-snow portion of the exam.
    (For help in accessing the Online Exam in the LMS, check out this guide.)
  • Review the Education Resources below, including Standards, Manuals, and exam Sample Scoresheets.
    ***Note: The Telemark Technical Manual and Teaching Snowsports Manual are a must read prior to attending a certification.
  • Be sure to check other prerequisites in the Certification Pathways Guide below.

Certification Pathway Requirements

Join as a Registered Member of Central Division – Join Now!

  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.

Telemark Level 1

Requirements:
  1. 1. Pay Central Division and National Dues
  2. 2. Have read and understood the National Standards for Level 1 Certification
  3. 3. Have practiced and are able to execute with proficiency, the Certification Skiing Tasks detailed in the National Standards.
  4. 4. Complete and pass the Telemark Level 1 Written Exam prior to registering for the On-Snow portion of the exam.
    1. Additional Resources on how to access the E-Learning Course and exams on the Learning Management System (LMS) can be found here.
  5. 5. Register for, attend, and pass the 2-Day on-snow Level 1 Certification Event

Telemark Level 2

Requirements:
  1. 1. Current Telemark Level 1 certification and membership dues.
  2. 2. Have read and understood the National Standards for Level 2 Certification
  3. 3. Have practiced and are able to execute with proficiency, the Certification Skiing Tasks detailed in the National Standards.
  4. 4. Complete and pass the Telemark Level 2 Written Exam prior to registering for the On-Snow portion of the exam.
    1. Additional Resources on how to access the E-Learning Course and exams on the Learning Management System (LMS) can be found here.
  5. 5. Register for, attend, and pass the 2-Day on-snow Level 2 Certification Event

Telemark Level 3

Requirements:
  1. 1. Level 2 certified
  2. 2. Pay Central Division and National Dues and be current with the required number of Continuing Education Units (CEU).
  3. 3. Have read and understood the National Standards for Level 1, 2 & 3 Certification
  4. 4. Complete and Pass the Telemark Level 3 Written Exam prior to registering for the on-snow portion of the exam.
    1. Additional Resources on how to access the E-Learning Course and exams on the Learning Management System (LMS) can be found here.
  5. 5. Register for, attend, and pass the 2-Day on-snow Level 3 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
  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

© Professional Ski instructors of America - American Association of Snowboard Instructors - Central Division