Certification is a Dynamic Process

by  Chris Thompson, PSIA-NW Certification Vice President All disciplines – alpine, snowboard, telemark, track and adaptive – have an approved exam program. Upgrades are implemented on a regular basis to ensure that the exam programs meet the current PSIA/AASI National Standards. The Alpine exam has most recently been upgraded with a newly revised PSIA-NW Certification […]

Certification: Levels of Understanding

by Chris Thompson, PSIA-NW Certification Vice President Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) divisions have been conducting skiing certification exams since the early 1960s, and snowboard exams beginning in 1996. We all know that testing is an integral element of the education process. Each of the eight […]

Teaching is Great Exam Training

by Jeremy Riss, originally printed in the Winter 2009 Issue of the NW Snowsports Instructor I often hear the comment from instructors that they don’t have time to train for exams because they are too busy teaching lessons. Going out and clinicing with your coach is a crucial part of training but so is experience […]