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. Courses or events must be approved IN ADVVANCE by the Education Chair. 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.
USE THIS FORM: Educational Credit Request Form
Here is a list of the organizations and courses that would be acceptable to PSIA/AASI — W. for educational credit.
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.
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
- 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
This organization offers courses on avalanche control, first aid and rescue.
Other types of education courses and clinics for ski and snowboard instructors that may be considered:
- Sports safety and first aid.
PSIA/AASI-West has no control or responsibility for the course content, curriculum and safety practices used by these or other organizations. 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, Ed Staff member, etc.
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.