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course overview

Explore the stages of the Professional Ski Instructors of Europe's certification pathway. Our courses, ranging from Levels 1 through 4, offer a progressive curriculum that equips you with the skills, techniques, and pedagogical knowledge required for excellence in ski instruction. Delve into our course overviews to discover how each level can enhance your expertise and propel your ski instructing career.

NB: NB: Please note that all the core courses have been created by the Professional Ski Instructors of Canada and are delivered through the PSIE under license.

level 1 professional ski instructor certification

Welcome to the Professional Ski Instructors of Europe's Level 1 Program.  We are very excited that you are interested in stepping into the fun and fulfilling culture that is ski instructing!  

 

Purpose of the Level 1 Program:

  • Spark your interest and excitement through a fun and engaging introduction to ski teaching.

  • Expose the purpose, potential and responsibility in the role of the ski instructor. 

  • Provide guidance for creating fun, safe, learning adventures for first timers through green and easy blue run skiers with a primary focus on children. 

  • Provide you with basic concepts and practical tools to equip you for your first lessons in a snow school.


Duration:

  • E-Learning Component — approximately 45 minutes to complete at home, at your own pace prior to the on snow component

  • On Snow training is four days, approximately 4.5 - 5 hours per day

Program Summary:

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*Please note that the PSIE Level 1 Course differs slightly to the PSIC Level 1 in that the on snow training is four days and NOT three days.

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level 2 professional ski instructor certification

 

Welcome to the Professional Ski Instructors of Europe's Level 2 Program. By now, you are already a member of the PSIC or other organisation. We know this next step will be a great one!

 

Purpose of the Level 2 program:

  • To support Level 1 Professional Ski Instructors with next steps, new ideas, concepts and practical tools to increase versatility in their practice.

  • To develop confidence and versatility in a variety of teaching and terrain situations.

  • To further technical understanding and enhance skiing and teaching skills up to and including moderate, off piste conditions.

 

Duration:

The Level 2 Program contains three components. The on snow components may be taken in the order that suits you best, however, we encourage you to take the skiing component first if possible.

  • E-Learning Component — approximately 45 minutes to complete at home, at your own pace prior to the on snow components

  • On Snow Skiing Training is three days, approximately 4.5 - 5 hours per day*

  • On Snow Teaching Training is three days, approximately 4.5 - 5 hours per day*

Program Summary:

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*Please note that the Level 2 Course of six days incorporates the skiing training and the teaching training.

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level 3 professional ski instructor certification

 

Welcome to the Professional Ski Instructors of Europe's Level 3 Program. This program is designed to utilise your practical experience and exposure to real-life teaching scenarios at your snow school, with the goal of enhancing the versatility and adaptability of your skiing and teaching skills. It's a fun and high-energy program that focuses on the development of advanced skiing and teaching techniques in advanced conditions and situations.

 

Purpose of the Level 3 program:

  • To hone your understanding and skills to prepare you as a future leader in the skiing industry.

  • To provide deeper understanding of the physics behind skiing, as well as the physical, emotional, and intellectual aspects of advanced teaching.

  • To develop advanced skiing skills to demonstrate versatility and adaptability through a range of outcomes and situations.

  • To develop advanced teaching skills to develop learning experiences for advanced skiers in on and off piste terrain and bumps.

 

Duration:

The Level 3 Program contains Skiing, Teaching and an Evaluation component. The on snow components may be taken in the order that suits you best, however, we encourage you to take the skiing component first if possible.

  • E-Learning Component — approximately 45 minutes to complete at home, at your own pace prior to the on snow components

  • On Snow Skiing Training is three days, approximately 4.5 - 5 hours per day

  • On Snow Teaching Training is three days, approximately 4.5 - 5 hours per day

  • On Snow Evaluation is three days, approximately 4.5 - 5 hours per day

Program Summary:

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Licensed Professional Trainer certification

 

The purpose of the PSIE LPT Certification Course is to mobilise leaders and trainers in the ski industry who will be training and empowering others in snow schools and who may be interested in teaching programs on behalf of the PSIE. PSIE Level 3 or recognised equivalency is a required prerequisite.

 

Purpose of the LPT program:

Gain confidence in delivering inspiring, accurate and relevant training to other teachers and trainers in a simple structure that makes your training effective and impactful.

Acquire essential knowledge and practical skills necessary for setting others up for success in their initial lessons at a snow school.

 

Duration:

The LPT program includes:

  • E-Learning Component — approximately 45 minutes to complete at home, at your own pace prior to the on snow component

  • On Snow training is three days, approximately 4.5 - 5 hours per day

Program Summary:

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level 4 professional ski instructor certification

 

Welcome to the Professional Ski Instructors of Europe's Level 4 Program. The Level 4 Professional Ski Instructor is the highest certification milestone in the PSIE's four level pathway. The learning outcomes of the Level 4 reflect an in depth knowledge of skiing and teaching science, and an expert level of skill application and lesson delivery up to and including on and off piste black terrain and bumps.

 

Purpose of the Level 4 program:

  • To hone your understanding and skills to prepare you as a future leader in the global skiing industry.

  • To provide a deeper understanding of the physics behind skiing, as well as the physical, emotional, and intellectual aspects of expert teaching.

  • To develop expert skiing skills to demonstrate versatility, adaptability, and creativity through a range of outcomes and situations.

  • To develop expert teaching skills to develop learning experiences for expert skiers in on and off piste terrain and bumps.

 

Duration:

The Level 4 Program includes four main components, as well as an e-learning module:

  • Online e-learning (approximately 1.5 hours)

  • On-snow — Start-up camp (6 days)

  • On-snow — Top-up camp — teaching development (2 days, optional)

  • On-snow — Top-up camp — skiing development (2 days, optional)

  • On-snow — Completion camp (4 days)

The Level 4 journey will vary from person to person depending on various factors. 

Program Summary:

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