PSIA-AASI NORTHWEST
SNOWBOARD

Certification is a Journey

As you develop your knowledge skills and abilities as a snow sports instructor you become more valuable to your clients and your school.  No one person, document, or resource can prepare an individual for their certification process. Rather a combination of individuals, information and resources will provide the best blend of expertise for a well-rounded training pathway.

Please take responsibility to familiarize yourself with the policies, procedures, formats, and testing criteria before embarking on your certification pathway. If at anytime in your training program or testing process you need clarification, it is your responsibility to ask qualified individuals for clarity. If you choose not to question and research the information, you will probably end up with a less than accurate perspective on the certification process. This perspective is bound to influence the outcome. Be accountable for your success!

Did You Know…

In 1985, the first World Cup was held in Zürs, Austria. The International Snowboard Association (ISA) was founded in 1994 to provide universal contest regulations. In addition, the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) provides instructing guidelines and runs snowboard competitions in the U.S. Today, high-profile snowboarding events like the Olympic Games, Winter X-Games, US Open, and other events are broadcast worldwide.

The American Association of Snowboard Instructors was founded in 1997 in response to the growing demand of snowboard instructors and resort operators around the United States and beyond. The goal was to create a consistent experience for guests regardless of where they were traveling and at what area they planned to visit.

You’re here because you love to ride and teach people how to do the same. Snowboarding has been around since the late 1960’s and began to gain mainstream popularity by the early 90’s, and became a Winter Olympic Sport in 1998. The development of snowboarding was inspired by skateboarding, surfing and skiing.

Snowboard Certification Guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide exam candidates, training directors, divisional clinic leaders and examiners with an established outline to reference while preparing for, participating in, and administering the PSIA-NW Certification Level I, II, and III exams. ***Please note, for successful completion of a certification, all components of the exam must be completed in the Northwest, partial module passes in other divisions do not transfer.

Download the Snowboard Certification Guide 2017-18 (PDF) 

Level I Prerequisites

Level I Indoor Guide

This guide was created as a resource to be used for both trainers and new instructors in preparation for the Level I exam and also for more knowledge as an instructor. Its intent is to provide some bigger content ideas for further research and conversation.

Download the Snowboard Level I Indoor Guide (PDF)

Riding and Teaching List – Level I

Download the Level I Riding and Teaching List – 2015 (PDF)

Snowboard Fundamentals

Listed below are the six Snowboarding Fundamentals. The Snowboarding Fundamentals remain consistent through all levels of certification; they are listed in no order or priority.

  • Manage the board’s pivot through flexion/extension/rotation of lower body, together with, separate from, or in opposition to the upper body
  • Manage edge angles through a combination of inclination and angulation
  • Manage torsional flex of the board using independent or simultaneous flexion/extension of lower body joints
  • Manage the relationship of the center of mass (CM) to the base of support (BOS) to direct pressure along the length of the board
  • Manage the relationship of the center of mass (CM) to the base of support (BOS) laterally to direct pressure across the width of the board
  • Regulate magnitude of pressure created through board/surface interaction

National Standards

These standards are the same across the country – transferable from division to division. Level III is the highest certification and meets International Snowsports Instructors Alliance (ISIA) standards. You can take your certification to a global level and teach all over the world.

Go to the Snowboard Standards

  • Upcoming Snowboard Events

    Jan
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    all-day Snbd L1 Exam @Mt. Hood Meadows
    Snbd L1 Exam @Mt. Hood Meadows
    Jan 23 all-day
    This is the on-snow portion of the Snowboard level 1 exam. Please make sure your online snowboard written exam is done prior to the on-snow portion or you will not be able to participate. **This Snowboard level 1 on-snow exam is for the snow sports school instructors listed above only.      
    Jan
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    all-day Snbd L1 Exam @Timberline
    Snbd L1 Exam @Timberline
    Jan 31 all-day
    This is the on-snow portion of the Snowboard level 1 exam. Please make sure your online snowboard written exam is done prior to the on-snow portion or you will not be able to participate. **This Snowboard level 1 on-snow exam is for the snow sports school instructors listed above only.      
    4:00 pm Snbd L1 Exam @Whitefish
    Snbd L1 Exam @Whitefish
    Jan 31 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    This is the on-snow portion of the Snowboard level 1 exam. Please make sure your online snowboard written exam is done prior to the on-snow portion or you will not be able to participate. **This Snowboard level 1 on-snow exam is for the snow sports school instructors listed above only.      
    Feb
    13
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    all-day Snbd L1 Exam @Mt. Bachelor
    Snbd L1 Exam @Mt. Bachelor
    Feb 13 all-day
    This is the on-snow portion of the Snowboard level 1 exam. Please make sure your online snowboard written exam is done prior to the on-snow portion or you will not be able to participate. **This Snowboard level 1 on-snow exam is for the snow sports school instructors listed above only.      
    all-day Snbd L1 Exam @Stevens Pass
    Snbd L1 Exam @Stevens Pass
    Feb 13 all-day
    This is the on-snow portion of the Snowboard level 1 exam. Please make sure your online snowboard written exam is done prior to the on-snow portion or you will not be able to participate. **This Snowboard level 1 on-snow exam is for the snow sports school instructors listed above only.      
    Feb
    14
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    all-day Snbd L1 Exam @Mt. Hood Meadows
    Snbd L1 Exam @Mt. Hood Meadows
    Feb 14 all-day
    This is the on-snow portion of the Snowboard level 1 exam. Please make sure your online snowboard written exam is done prior to the on-snow portion or you will not be able to participate. **This Snowboard level 1 on-snow exam is for the snow sports school instructors listed above only.      
    Feb
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    all-day Snbd L1 Exam @Mt. Baker
    Snbd L1 Exam @Mt. Baker
    Feb 16 all-day
    This is the on-snow portion of the Snowboard level 1 exam. Please make sure your online snowboard written exam is done prior to the on-snow portion or you will not be able to participate. **This Snowboard level 1 on-snow exam is for the snow sports school instructors listed above only.      
    Feb
    17
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    all-day Snbd L1 Exam @Schweitzer
    Snbd L1 Exam @Schweitzer
    Feb 17 all-day
    This is the on-snow portion of the Snowboard level 1 exam. Please make sure your online snowboard written exam is done prior to the on-snow portion or you will not be able to participate. **This Snowboard level 1 on-snow exam is for the school’s instructors only.      
    Feb
    21
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    all-day Ready for the Exam? @Stevens Pass
    Ready for the Exam? @Stevens Pass
    Feb 21 all-day
    Mock Exam Open to Alpine and Snowboard Level I or II members. An opportunity to see where you are in your training. Identify areas you may need to strengthen. Role play exam scenarios and discuss ways to have a positive exam experience.
    Feb
    28
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    all-day Ready for the Exam? @Mt. Hood Me…
    Ready for the Exam? @Mt. Hood Me…
    Feb 28 all-day
    Mock Exam Open to Alpine and Snowboard Level I or II members only. An opportunity to see where you are in your training. Identify areas you may need to strengthen. Role play exam scenarios and discuss ways to have a positive exam experience.