How to...qualify as a ski instructor

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Qualifying as a ski instructor is a long process and there are lots of stages involved to pass. Each country has its own system of qualifications, and it's necessary to pass all the levels before you'll be able to set up a school on your own, or teach in France, for example.

BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) is the system of qualifications in the UK. A popular way to start is by taking a gap year course, which is typically 10 weeks of instruction in the Alps in the winter or further afield in the Southern Hemisphere's winter, leading to the first level of qualification, the BASI Level 1.

For more information on BASI, visit the BASI website.

Other popular governing bodies include Canada (CSIA), New Zealand (NZSIA) and the USA (PSIA). You can search for training courses for all these qualifications using the following links:

Whether you want to do a BASI ski instructor course in Verbier, a CSIA snowboard instructor course in Whistler, or a Gap year course in Meribel, use our search facilty to find the right course for you. You can search by course type or course location: Search courses

It's a good idea to train at a local indoor snow dome or dry slope before and in between the qualifications. Most centres will have on-site professional instructors, qualified to train. For your nearest slope, click here: Indoor snow domes / Dry slopes

And finally, read all about living and working in a ski resort with our book, the Natives Guide to Working in Ski Resorts. Buy your copy for just £8.99 from our shop: Online shop.


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