Adaptive Alpine

Adaptive Alpine Certification

Below is listed the certification process for each level. For more information, you may consult the PSIA Adaptive Alpine National Standards.

Level 1 Certification Process

  1. Become a member of PSIA.
  2. It is highly suggested, but not required, that you take Adaptive teaching clinics through your local program, and that you obtain the Alpine Level 1 certification and Children’s Specialist Level 1 certificate.
  3. If you have not attained the Alpine Level 1 certification, read and complete the PSIA-Intermountain New Instructor Guide, and bring it to your exam.
  4. Complete the Adaptive Level 1 Take Home Workbook, covering all three modules, and bring it with you to the exam.
  5. Attend the two-day, on-snow exam:
    Day 1: You will be graded on your functional skiing based on tasks/skills related to Adaptive Teaching and Adaptive Teaching/Student Assessments.
    Day 2: You will be graded on your ability to teach people with cognitive/ developmental impairments and to guide skiers with visual impairments.   
  6. The outcome of the exam will be discussed with the attendees on the last day of the exam process.

An overview and typical daily schedule of the Level 1 exam is available in this document.

Level 2 Certification Process

  1. Obtain the Adaptive Alpine Level 1 Certification and be a current PSIA member and current instructor at a snowsports program (within the last two years).
  2. It is highly suggested, but not required, that you obtain the Alpine Level 2 certification.
  3. Attend the two-day, on-snow exam.
    Day 1: You will be graded on your functional skiing skill based on tasks and skills related to Adaptive teaching. You will also be graded on tethering Bi skis on blue groomed terrain, and Sit Ski fitting and setup.
    Day 2: You will be graded on your teaching, covering Mono, Three, and Four Track skiing. You will also take a timed written exam covering all six disciplines. There will also be chairlift interviews to assess your general knowledge in equipment, disabilities and teaching techniques.
  4. The outcome of the exam will be discussed with the attendees on the last day of the exam process.

An overview and typical daily schedule of the Level 2 exam is available in this document.

Level 3 Certification Process

  1. Obtain the Adaptive Alpine Level 2 Certification and be a current PSIA member and current Instructor at a snowsports program (within the last two years).
  2. Attend the three day, on-snow exam.
    Day 1: You will be graded on your functional skiing skills on all terrain and all conditions. You will also be asked to demonstrate your ability to ski basic skills independently in mono or bi ski at a beginner level. Independent loading is not required.
    Day 2/3: You will be graded on your teaching; all disciplines at all levels will be covered. You will also take a closed book, timed, written exam covering all six disciplines a teaching exam day. There will also be chairlift interviews to assess your general knowledge in equipment, disabilities and teaching techniques.
  3. Outcomes of the exams will be discussed with the attendees on the last day of the exam process.

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Adaptive Alpine Level 1 Exam
(two days): $150

Adaptive Alpine Level 2 Exam
(two days): $240

Adaptive Alpine Level 3 Exam
(three days): $360