Ski & Snowboard Instructor Qualifications

Awarding bodies & their certificates

All our training programmes allow you to attain internationally recognised qualifications. 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 national snow sports organisation is listed, if you want to know more we have put together a dedicated page of further information for each of the qualifications.

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 the international equivalence standard of level 2 – this is why most our courses are level 1 & 2 combined.

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National Governing Asssociations for Snowsports

CSIA – Canadian Ski Instructor Qualifications

The CSIA is governing body for ski instructor qualifications in Canada and has over 30,000 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.

ISIA – International Ski Instructor Association

Formed in 1971 and with 39 member nations, ISIA is the world body for professional ski instructors. ISIA represents the very best in ski instruction around the world and all instructor qualifications Winter Sports Company offer are affiliated with ISIA.

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.

Canadian Ski Racing Coaching Qualifications

Alpine Canada Alpin-Canadian Ski Coaches (ACA-CSC) educates coaches to lead and develop excellence in ski racing.

The ACA-CSC is a membership based organization with thousands of members in Canada and abroad. Providing ski instructor qualifications in race coaching and professional development programmes, the organisation aim is to serve members who have an interest in coaching alpine and Paralympic ski racing programmes.

Visit the Canada Ski coach website for more information on the courses available.