THE BIG QUESTION: HOW DO WE SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF NOT HAVING ENOUGH CERTIFIED SKI PROS?
SHORT ANSWER: COLLABORATE WITH SNOW SCHOOLS TO RECOGNIZE ON THE JOB TRAINING!
CSIA staff and volunteers consulted with Snow School Directors to find a new way to increase the number of available certified ski instructors. It was subsequently decided to recognize Snow School “Apprentice Instructor” training by making it a pathway to CSIA Level 1 certification. This training has, in fact, become an integral part of each Snow School’s own programming, i.e., qualified CSIA Course Conductors are chosen from Snow School employees.
After the trainees have completed the CSIA Apprentice Program material they are eligible to challenge a one-day exam evaluated by a visiting CSIA course conductor. Successful trainees become fully certified CSIA Level 1 Instructors, acquiring access to pro deals, Professional Development Program events (PDP’s), regional events and all the other benefits of becoming a CSIA certified pro.
The Apprentice Program not only reduces the cost of certification for participating Snow Schools—the one-day exam is less expensive than the traditional 3-day course—it allows for additional resort specific information to be included in the training.
Snow School Directors in our region have been very enthusiastic about the program. Even so we will continue to collect feedback to keep improving it over years to come!
We would like to congratulate and welcome one of the first new crops of certified pros who participated in the Apprentice Program to the CSIA (pictured below). Hard work pays off!
For more information on how to register your resort as a CSIA Apprentice training centre, contact Jason Young: The Education and Program Co-ordinator Ontario at firstname.lastname@example.org