Are you considering enrolling in a ski season in Canada with a view to accruing qualifications in the industry? With so many different bodies and levels of accreditation available, it can be difficult to know which organisation distribute which qualifications. Fear not! ALLTRACKS are here to help, with this informative FAQ – but if you still have more questions, feel free to contact us directly.
What does CSIA stand for?
CSIA stands for the Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance.
What does CSIA regulate?
Founded in 1938, CSIA is the governing body for all ski instructor qualifications in Canada and is recognised by the ISIA (International Ski Instructor Alliance). It currently has over 20,000 members.
How many levels of accreditation are there within CSIA?
There are four levels of CSIA accreditation, with each one becoming progressively more difficult to attain than the last, as well as a single level of park instructor accreditation (for teaching outside of resorts on intermediate terrain).
What does CASI stand for?
CASI stands for the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors.
What does CASI regulate?
Founded in 1994, CASI is the governing body for all snowboard instructors in Canada.
How many levels of accreditation are there within CASI?
There are four levels of CASI accreditation, with each one becoming progressively more difficult to attain than the last, while there is also a single level of park instructor accreditation (for teaching outside of resorts on intermediate terrain).
What does CAA stand for?
CAA stands for the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA).
What does CAA regulate?
The CAA is a not-for-profit organisation which encourages membership and helps interested parties learn the basics of avalanche safety, share best practices with others and take part in professional training courses.
How many levels of accreditation are there within CAA?
There are five overall levels of accreditation within CAA, split into two tiers. The first tier is called Avalanche Skills Training (AST) and is split into two levels. The second is called Avalanche Operations (AO) and is split into three levels. There are also additional courses including Weather, Controlled Blasting and Incident Management.
What does CSCF stand for?
CSCF stands for Canadian Ski Coaches Federation.
What does CSCF regulate?
CSCF is the governing body for coaches who teach skiers to compete in races and other competitive events.
How many levels of accreditation are there within CSCF?
CSCF qualifications are split into three pathway levels: Entry Level, Development Level and Performance Level. Each of these involves progressively more complex skills training and ends in a more challenging final exam.
Which of these qualifications can I obtain at ALLTRACKS?
At ALLTRACKS, you can achieve CSIA accreditation up to Level 4, CASI accreditation up to Level 4 and CAA accreditation up to AST2.