Junior Instructor Certificate Program


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The goal of this program is to introduce individuals to working opportunities within the snowsports industry. This course will introduce you to the skills you need to work at your local resort and connect you with the leaders in the ski and ride school. You’ll gain an educational pathway to becoming an instructor and working with guests in the mountain environment.

Participants must work with their local snowsports school to learn more about specific requirements, since every school may have a slightly different program. However, regardless of what school the participant chooses to work with, every candidate needs to complete the below minimum program requirements to complete this nationally recognized program and receive their official certificate of completion.


Program Requirements

  1. Complete the entire Junior Instructor Certificate E-Learning Course on PSIA-AASI’s e-learning platform at lms.thesnowpros.org. A participant will need to take and pass three online modules:
    1. Course for New Instructors (1 hour)
    2. Delivering the Beginner Experience (alpine, snowboard, or cross country) (1 hour)
    3. Introduction to Working with Children (1 hour)
  2. Complete a 12-hour training course at a local resort. (12 hours)
  3. Shadow 6 hours of lessons at the resort’s ski and ride school. (6 hours)
  4. Demonstrate a minimum sliding ability in 2 areas:
    1. Must have the ability to maneuver safely in a learning area and around all surface lifts or up/down hills and trails.
    2. Must show the ability to safely ski or ride in a group on green terrain (beginner/novice zone).
  5. Complete the course portfolio and have it signed by a snowsports supervisor.
  6. Write and submit a letter of intent that describes why they want to become a snowsports instructor.


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What is E-Learning?

PSIA-AASI’s E-Learning site is a new resource for learning about all things snowsports education and training related. From becoming an instructor to learning about how to tune your equipment, the courses offered in our Learning Management System (LMS) will enhance your role as a pro.


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