Welcome and thank you for your interest in PSIA/AASI Western Division. Western Division membership is open to instructors who work (or plan to work) at a resort in California or Nevada. You can view the 8 other Divisions of PSIA/AASI on www.thesnowpros.org.
YOU CAN BECOME A MEMBER BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK
(YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO THE NATIONAL WEBSITE WWW.THESNOWPROS.ORG)
Or download the MEMBERSHIP REG FORM fill out and return by fax or mail.
Check out these E-Learning Modules to learn what being an instructor is like, what it takes to become a pro, and the benefits of being a PSIA-AASI member.
Do I have to join PSIA/AASI-W to be an instructor?
For most instructors who plan to make ski instruction a part of their lives, affiliation and certification with PSIA/AASI-W will be of great benefit. As a new instructor, you are not required to join PSIA/AASI-W, or to take certification courses prior to employment. In fact, the majority of our members are employed first, and then pursue certification to improve their professionalism and make themselves more valuable to their home resort.
Feel free to view our Job Listings link for the latest opportunities.
Once you have made the decision to join us as a “Registered” new member you have the opportunity to take Education and Certification Events. Please see our Types of Membership page to clarify eligibility and requirements. Once you have received an email with your National ID # you can register for events that are found on WESTERN EVENT SEARCH. A full list of events descriptions and can be found on our Event Calendar.
REGISTERED (JOIN NOW)
Must be 16 or older to join!
$107 Annual Dues
[Includes $ 40 Divisional & $67 National Fees]
You receive divisional and national benefits, and can take education and Certification events in any of the nine PSIA/AASI divisions. See Member Benefits.
New to snowsports instructing?
- 6 Day Level 1 New Instructor Module
- 3 Day Level 1 Instructor Module
- In-House Level 1 Certification
6 Day Level I New Instructor Module
This Level I Certification Event combines 3-days of education with the 3-day Level I Module. This Program is specifically designed for for members not actively instructing at a snowsports school or who do not have 20 hours of teaching experience. Candidates will cover teaching progressions, skiing/riding demonstrations, and movement analysis skills for levels 1-4. This course is fun! You’ll gain a basic understanding of the technical knowledge that makes up instructing while improving your own skills and personal skiing or riding. Our professional staff will inspire you to work hard and provide coaching to meet our National Standards (Alpine Standards / Snowboard Standards) for Level I Certification. Successful candidates receive a certificate of completion and are eligible for Level I Pin and official Certification after 20 hrs. of teaching (2yr/season cap on completing teaching hours).
3 Day Level 1 Instructor Module
This program is specifically designed for members who are actively instructing at a snowsports school and have 20 hours of teaching experience. This Level I Certification Event covers teaching and skiing/riding demonstrations, movement analysis, and technical knowledge to meet our National Standards for Level I Certification (Alpine Standard / Snowboard Standards). Successful candidates that pass the Module and have completed 20 hrs of teaching at their snowsports school, become a Certified Level I Instructor.
In-House Level 1 Certification
This program allows members who are actively instructing at a resort the opportunity to train for their Level I Certification with an In-House Resort Trainer. After all study sessions and on-hill trainings have finished, candidates will be validated by a PSIA/AASI-W Examiner – to assure they meet the National Level I Certification Standards. Candidates that meet these standards and are validated – pass their Level I Certification.
How to get started:
- Check that your snowsport school offers this option for Level I Certification.
- Find out who coordinates your resort training and let them know you are interested in joining an In-House Level I Certification program
- Become a Registered Member of PSIA/AASI-W and complete the PSIA/AASI-W In-House Level I Certification Application. [This fee includes a Portfolio that will guide you through your training]
- Attend all the study sessions/on-hill trainings that your trainer schedules.
- Once you have completed your portfolio and training, your trainer will schedule a validation clinic with a PSIA/AASI-W Examiner.
- You will need to complete an Event Application to pay for the In-House Level I Certification Validation Clinic (this application must be received in the office 2 weeks prior to the validation date).
- Upon successful completion of the Validation Clinic, candidates will be awarded their Level I Certification
Prerequisites for All
- Must be at least 16 years old, and a Registered Member of PSIA/AASI – W.
- Participants must be capable of linking turns (parallel for skiers) on blue intermediate terrain.
- Participants must read the Level I Study Guide (available online).
- Participants are strongly encouraged to purchase education materials for their discipline:
- AASI Snowboard Manual or the PSIA Alpine Technical Manual
- Core Concepts for Snowsports Instructors
- AASI Snowboard Certification Handbook (Included when you Register for the In-House program)
- PSIA Alpine Handbook (teaching exercises for adults)
- Children’s Instruction Handbook: Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding (teaching exercises for kids