CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor Course Outline

Level 1 CSIA Certification Course

The Level 1 ski instructor certification is for any skier over the age of 15 that is a competent parallel skier. The Level 1 candidate can expect to be exposed to a variety of terrain, snow conditions and terrain features.

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, addressing children’s skiing. Candidates will receive coaching on their skiing, teaching and people skills with the goal of reaching the Level 1 standard. They will also receive suggestions and strategies for long-term development. The successful candidate is certified to teach skiers up to intermediate parallel skill level. Level 1 is a prerequisite for the Level 2 certification.

DURATION: 3 days totaling 21 hours, including evaluation and online learning modules


Online Reading

Guest Service

Teaching Children

Online Modules

Technical Reference

Decision Making

Gliding Experience

Sub-total 2 hrs



Introduction to CSIA and Standard

Group Debrief and One-on-one course conductor/candidate

Video review


Sub-total 4 hrs


Ski improvement and skill development w/video       2.5 hr

Gliding Experience                                                     5.0 hr

Decision Making and Safe teaching practices           5.0 hr

Age specific methodology                                          2.5 hr

Sub-total 15 hrs


Total: 21 hrs

General Goal

To introduce the candidates to ski teaching, the CSIA and its function within the industry.

Final Goals

At the end of the course, the candidate should be able to:

  • Define goals and objectives of a ski lesson.
  • Plan the organizational needs of a lesson.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Decision Making Process of the CSIA.

Specific Goals

Know how to:

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of a safe environment for the level of skiing (eg. According to the regulations of the Alpine Responsibility Code).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the format used to structure a lesson.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Skiing progression (up to parallel turns) and the concept of “Gliding Experience.”


  • Demonstrate a positive attitude towards ski teaching.
  • Demonstrate respectful behavior towards the other candidates and the teaching staff.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate in a ski teaching context.
  • Demonstrate a certain amount of self-confidence that will create success in ski teaching.
  • Demonstrate an open mind and be objective during the analysis of skiing abilities.


During the course, the following subjects will be discussed:

  • Safety in ski teaching.
  • Analysis and development of skier movements.
  • Lesson planning.
  • Skiing Progression and Gliding Experience.
  • Age specific workshop for children.
  • Guest experience workshop.


Technical Sessions:

  • Candidates will work on ski improvement, analysis and development of ski movements and how to adapt exercises and drill to specific age groups.

Teaching Sessions

  • Candidates will work on teaching particular movement patterns that have been presented.

Indoor workshops

  • Workshops will take place before and/or after the on snow sessions.


Technical Evaluations:

  • Demonstrations executed by the candidate during class time will be evaluated on a daily basis.
  • Candidates must pass both, skiing and teaching aspects in order to be certified Level 1
  • Candidates will be evaluated on their ongoing participation and effectiveness on and off the snow
  • Specific demonstration assessments of progression tactics.


Parallel Turns
Demonstrate good stance and balance, control, elements of rhythm, symmetry and coordinated movements.

  • Terrain: moderate (blue run).
  • Speed: consistent and moderate.
  • Ski position: parallel.
  • Technical Reference elements are seen
  • Radius: consistent and controlled.

Beginner Wedge Turns
Show the basics of good balance and good application of ski mechanics. Stance must show mobility and turning effort must come from the lower body.

  • Terrain: beginner (flat green run).
  • Speed: slow.
  • Ski position: wedge.
  • Technical Reference Elements are seen
  • Radius: Fall-line serpentine.

Teaching Evaluation

The teaching is an evaluation of the student’s participation in the workshops and sessions.

Marking System

Technical Evaluation Pass or Fail
Teaching Evaluation Pass or Fail.

Retest on skiing or teaching:
If a candidate fails skiing, teaching or both portions, he/she can return for re-evaluation and re-evaluation will be for 2 days.


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2019-20 Level 1 Dates

3 day Level One Course dates are open for registration Oct 1 2020

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