The Level 1 course is an introduction to ski teaching, CSIA technique and methodology, and the role of ski teaching within the ski industry. It combines the basics of practical ski teaching methods, technical understanding and development of guest service skills, specifically addressing children’s skiing.

The level 1 certification course includes:

  • An introduction to CSIA skiing and teaching methodology
  • strategies to develop skiers from entry level to intermediate (parallel) using the skill development method
  • techniques and strategies for effective assessment and development
  • personal feedback on ski performance
  • workshop on customer service
  • workshop on teaching children


Before coming to the level 1 course, completion of an online workshop is mandatory. The recommended reading consists of specific pages from the CSIA manual that pertain to the Level 1 certification course. The importance of this reading is to introduce the course content which will prepare the candidates and enhance the learning experience. Candidates are responsible for this information as part of the course curriculum.

Upon successful completion of a Level 1 CSIA course, you become a member of the CSIA and are billed annually for membership dues by the National Office. Membership benefits are available to you provided your membership dues are fully paid.

Am I ready to take the Level 1 Course?

If you are not sure if you are ready to attend a course, it is recommended that you have your skills evaluated by a current Level 1 Course Conductor. On this page is a list of “Skills Development Days” at several resorts across southern Ontario where you can have your skills evaluated by an active CSIA Level 1 Course Conductor. There is no charge to attend one of these days, but you must provide your own lift pass.   To attend a Skills Day in Ontario this season, please fill out the registration below a minimum of two weeks before the scheduled Skills Day.

Skills Days (9AM – 3PM)

Skills Day Registration is closed for 2016.

Level 1 Courses

With over 60 courses to choose from across Ontario throughout the winter, we’ll make sure to find you the perfect time and place for you to become a ski instructor.