Ski & Snowboard Instructor Qualifications

Our awarding bodies & their certificates

All our training programmes offer internationally recognised qualifications from national sports governing associations such as the CSIA and CASI in Canada, the NZSIA from New Zealand and BASI from the UK. We’ve put together a handy guide so you can do your research and choose the right qualification and course for you.

A brief description of each snow sports organisation is listed, if you want to know more we have put together a dedicated page of further information for individual certifications.

All ski and snowboard instructor qualifications are awarded in levels, you’ll start at level 1 and over your instructor career can progress to level 4. Employability in the industry increases dramatically once you reach level 2 – this is why most our courses are level 1 & 2 combined.

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Main Instructor Course Qualifications

CSIA – Canadian Ski Instructor Qualifications

The CSIA is governing body for ski instructor qualifications in Canada and has over 20,000 members. They are recognized by the ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association) and its four levels of ski instructor qualifications are highly regarded.

CASI – Canadian Snowboard Instructor Qualifications

The aim of CASI is to train and certify snowboard instructors. It maintains a national standard of safe and efficient snowboard instruction to serve the Canadian snowboarding public and the ski/snowboarding industry.

NZSIA – New Zealand Ski Instructor Qualifications

The New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance (NZSIA) was established in 1971 to train, examine and qualify snowsports instructors and coaches to an internationally recognised standard.

SBINZ – New Zealand Snowboard Instructor Qualifications

SBINZ are responsible for all snowboard instructor training and certification in New Zealand. They are internationally renowned for producing professional and knowledgeable instructors.

BASI – British Snowsports Instructor Qualifications

Founded in 1963 the British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI) is the UK national training and grading provider for professional snowsport instructing and coaching qualifications.

Extra Qualifications

CADS – Canadian Adaptive Sports Instructor Qualifications

The Winter Sports Company work have teamed up with the Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers to offer the CADS’ Adaptive Sports Equipment Course as part of our instructor programmes.

CSCF – Canadian Ski Racing Coaching Qualifications

The Canadian Ski Coaches Federation educates coaches to lead and develop excellence in ski racing.

The CSCF is a membership based organization with over 8000 members in Canada and abroad. The CSCF provides ski instructor qualifications in race coaching and professional development programmes. Its aim is to serve members who have an interest in coaching alpine and Paralympic ski racing programmes.

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