Taking the Alpine Certification Level 3 Exam is the final certification step. The exam can be taken 1 year or more after achieving Level 2 Certification. The exam is geared to student levels from beginner through the advance zone. The instructor is expected to be able to teach on all terrain under all conditions. The exam consists of two parts, a 2-day Alpine Level 3 Ski Exam (must be taken first) and a 2-day Alpine Level 3 Teach Exam. The candidate must pass both exams in order to become Level 3 certified. A level 3 prep course is strongly recommended before taking the level 3 exam.
The exam candidate:
- Must maintain a current membership of PSIA-AASI Western division
- Have obtained Alpine Level 2 Certification a season prior to taking the exam
- Pass the online written exam Alpine Level III Professional Knowledge Exam ($20) before taking the Level 3 teaching exam. (Note, it can take the system an hour to update after passing the online exam before you are eligible to register for the Level 3 exam. If you are unable to register after 24 hours, contact Lynnea Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Level 3 Ski Exam is the first exam to be taken. Candidates will be expected to:
- Mountain ski
- Dynamic Medium Radius Turns
- Dynamic Short Radius Turns
- Steeps and ungroomed
- Basic Parallel
- Hop Turns
- Extension and Retraction Turns
- Pivot Slips
- One Ski Skiing
- Demonstrate functional hand, arm, and pole usage in all demonstrations
- Situational Skiing (at the Examiner’s discretion)
- Race course
- Park and Pipe
Level 3 Teaching Exam
- Teach a child based lesson assigned by examiner
- Perform movement analysis (MA) based on a video
- Perform MA on a skiing candidate
- Teach candidate based on the MA
- Demonstrate an ability to communicate and demonstrate tasks, drills, exercises, to show an overall instructor presence
A full description of the National Alpine Certification Standards can be found here at this link. In addition the PSIA_W Level 3 Certification and Study Guide provides a detailed explanation of the exam outline and expectations. The Study Guide as well as educational reference material can be found at http://psia-w.org/resources/. Please note that the study guide is found in Google Documents and is linked from the resource page.
A Level 3 Certified Instructor will be able to:
- Teach beginning students through to the advance zone
- Understand the Teaching Model and how to adapt it to various teaching situations.
- Perform movement analysis to help enhance skier outcomes
- Perform a high level of skiing showing a refined blending of skills
- Ski all terrain in all conditions