PSIA/AASI-W requires ongoing education to maintain instructor proficiency and competence and the high level of Professionalism signified by wearing the PSIA/AASI pin. Education credits are obtained by taking an ‘Education’ event in any Division of PSIA/AASI. The Western Division requirement is 6 hours (1 day of education) every year or 12 hours (2 days of education) every two years. Education classes are posted on our event calendar every Fall. Members must be in compliance with the Education Policy to be eligible to take an exam or module. A PSIA/AASI certification is a professional credential. Members who do not follow the education policy will be put on a probationary status and put their certification in jeopardy.
Education Events are posted on our Event Calendar every fall.
CURRENT WESTERN DIVISION EDUCATION CREDIT POLICY :
- All active, certified, (or registered and certified) members must take at least 1 education event every year or 2 education events every two years. Level I Certified members have one year from the date of their certification to complete their education requirements.
- You can check the status of your education credits online at the National Data Base. You will need your member number to access this information. Go to http://www.thesnowpros.org.
- One-day education events are worth 6 credits. Multi-day events are worth 12 credits.
- Education Events consist of clinics, conventions, academies, tech team trainings, fall rally in any of the 9 PSIA/AASI divisions. Ski/Ride exams/Modules DO count as Education Events.
- All Education Credits are valid for 2 years from the date of completion. Taking more than (2) credits (or 2 events) in one season does not extend the Education Event expiration date. For example if you take (4) 1-day events in one calendar year, these credits will expire two years from the date completed.
- Generally Education Credits are posted to your account within a week, however during busy periods this may take longer. If you credit does not show up after 30 days contact the division office to see if there is a problem with your account.
- We welcome your feedback and suggestions for education events. Our commitment to our members is to make every effort possible to insure that the education events and clinics are a valuable experience
Members who are out of compliance with Education Policy.
Members who have not attended an education event for three contiguous seasons are subject to losing their certifications, subject to the following procedures.
Step 1 Spring 2015- Out of compliance members will receive a warning letter/ e-mail. This communication will include specific instructions to correct the problem and the timing of credential loss. A $25 Education Delinquent fee will be added to those members dues invoice for the coming season.
Step 2-Fall 2015: Members who have received the warning letter/email will have until Dec. 15 of that calendar year to fulfill the education requirement. Those members must have completed or enrolled in two events by Dec. 15, 2015.
Step 3- Dec. 15-31. Members who have received the warning letter/ email who are not in compliance and their membership will be changed from “Certified” to “Registered” and their certification status will be listed as non-current,
Reinstating Certification that has lapsed due to Education non-compliance:- You can petition to reinstate at your former certification level, pending completion of the required education, review of your records by our education chair and paying a reinstatement penalty of $ 40
Exceptions to Education Policy
1. Alumni Members are excused from the Education Requirement
2. Medical Waiver: Members may be excused from the Education Policy if they have a medical condition that prevents attendance. A doctor’s note must document the condition. Members are allowed one medical waiver each 5 years, and must ‘make-up’ the education the following season. (Note: PSIA/AASI West regularly schedules indoor events to assist members with medical issues to still maintain their membership in good standing.
3. Petition: Members may ‘petition’ for education credits if they have taken a course or clinic from an Organization other than PSIA/AASI that has increased their knowledge or enhanced their professionalism as an Instructor, (for example: A United States Skiing Association coaches clinic). Petitions will be evaluated by the Education Chair.
NON-PSIA/AASI-W EDUCATION CREDIT PROGRAM INFORMATION
If you are unable to attend a PSIA/AASI education event – you can complete an application that will be reviewed by the Western Education Committee chair person. This form is for PSIA/AASI-W members who want education credit for attending NON-PSIA/AASI education events. This is available for current certified Level I, II and III members. Forms must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event.
PSIA/AASI-W education credit for attending NON-PSIA/AASI education events is available for current certified Level I, II and III members. This program was designed to provide an orderly process for obtaining continuing education credits for participating in events outside PSIA/AASI-W, PSIA/AASI NATIONAL, or other PSIA/AASI divisions. The types of events that could be considered for credit are: USSCA coaches clinics, ski racing camps, sports training education classes, Interski events, group leadership training classes, etc. The training must be an official formal education program offered to the public by an educational organization such as a college, association, company, etc. that normally provides training courses.
Here is a list of just a few of the organizations and courses that would be acceptable to PSIA/AASI — W. for educational credit.
These organizations offer courses on backcountry guiding, teaching and avalanche education
- North American Ski Training Center. NASTC
- Alpine Skills International. ASI.
- American Mountain Guides Association. AMGA.
- American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education. AIARE.
- Expedition Kirkwood.
These organizations offer coaches certification and educational courses, including:
- United States Ski and Snowboard Association. USSA.
- Canadian Ski Coaches Federation. CSCF.
- American Sport Education Program ASEP.
These organizations offer certification and education courses and clinics for ski and snowboard instructors.
- Sports physiology.
- Sports psychology.
- Teaching sports skills.
- Coaching children.
- Sports safety and first aid.
These organizations offer certification and education courses and clinics for ski and snowboard instructors
- Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance. CSIA
- Other national ski and snowboard organizations.
These organizations offer adaptive educational and training courses to snow sports instructors.
- Disabled Sports U.S.A . DSUSA
- Paralyzed Veterans of America. PVA
- Special Olympics
This organization offers courses on avalanche control, first aid and rescue.
- National Ski Patrol. NSP
This is a very partial list of organizations and courses that may qualify for education credit. PSIA-Western has no control or responsibility for the course content, curriculum and safety practices used by these or other organizations in any of the courses you may take. There are many other organizations other than the ones on this list that offer courses that may qualify for education credit with PSIA/AASI-W. All requests for education credit will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Informal and/or private training such as conventional ski lessons and ski school clinics do not meet this requirement even if the group leader is highly qualified, e.g. certification examiner, D-Team member, etc.
A member should submit a PSIA Education Event Credit Request form to the PSIA-W office and the Western Education Committee Chair person at least 30 days before the event to obtain advance approval to participate in the event for PSIA/AASI-W education credit.
Printed material (e.g. flyer, brochure, etc.) provided by the educational organization that describes the program and gives information concerning the dates the program is offered, program fees, etc., must also be provided.
After participating in the education event, the member must return a documentation signed by an official of the sponsoring organization to the PSIA-W office in order to receive PSIA-W education credit for the current season and the following season.
Credit for participation in NON-PSIA/AASI-W education events is determined by the Western Division Education Committee Chair. A one-day event counts as (1) credit for the current season. A two-day or more event will provide (2) education credits.
Updated June 11, 2014 The Western Division is reviewing options this summer for a fee-based penalty for members who are ‘significantly’ out of compliance with our education policy. We will also be adding more off-snow and ‘welcoming’ events for our members who are concerned about attending a full-day on-snow event. If you have concerns or suggestions about our Education Policy, please contact one of your Board of Directors or email: email@example.com.
What are the education credit requirements for certified members?
To maintain your certification, every certified member of the Western Division is required to attend education events annually or biennially (every two years). Education events are tracked on an annual basis that starts on July 1st and ends on June 30th of each year. At least a (1-day) educational event each season or a (2-day) education event in the same season every two years. A one (1) day educational event provides one (1) season’s educational credit (6 hours). (2) two-day events (12 hours) provide the required educational credits for two (2) seasons. Accrual of education credits to maintain certification is tracked annually, and you can locate a list of events you’ve attended in the National Data Base accessible with your membership number at thesnowpros.com.
What are continuing education credits and what’s their purpose?
Education Credits are earned by attending education events that are designed to help you learn and grow as a snowsports professional. They also serve as an opportunity for you to keep up-to-date on the latest techniques and trends in your discipline. In our industry information is continually changing and it is important for professionals to learn the latest about snowsports education and training. Education requirements are meant to ensure that PSIA-AASI Western Division Certified Members continue to: • Stay on the cutting edge in the field of snowsports education • Obtain current professional development information • Explore new knowledge in specific content areas • Master new snow sports education related skills and techniques • Expand approaches to effective snowsport education • Further develop professional judgment • Conduct professional practice in an ethical and appropriate manner
What if I had a medical reason as to why I was unable to participate in an educational event in the season I was “due?” By providing proof of your medical issue to the office for our audit purposes, we will gladly make sure you are not penalized. Please keep in mind that we do offer indoor events typically in November and at our Spring Convention in April. It is still important that you participate in an educational event to maintain your certification as soon as you are able.
What if my schedule was busy, and I was unable to participate in an educational event in the season I was “due?”
If your education credits are not up to date you need to register for a 2-day educational event or (2) 1-day events BEFORE December 31, 2014. (The event may take place at any time during the 2014-2015 season). If you do not register for or attend the required educational events by January 1, 2015: Your certification classification will be listed as “registered”. Your certification classification will no longer be listed on your membership card or online profile. Promotional deals will be restricted to Registered status. You will need to follow the reinstatement procedures to reinstate and become a certified member. Snowsport Schools who request a report of membership status will be notified of the change in status. Based on our Bylaws (see below) if you do not maintain your education credits, you will be re-listed as a “registered member” and lose certification classification. If you would like your certification classification reinstated, you will need to follow the reinstatement procedures.
Beginning in June 2015, if you could not attend an educational event during your “due” season, you will be charged an education extension waiver fee of $25 with your next PSIA-W/AASI dues billing cycle. If you pay that waiver with your annual dues you will receive no interruption in services or certification classification. You are still required to attend the required educational events to update your credits in the upcoming season.