Overview and Prerequisites
Certified Level 3 instructors must be able to ski all green and blue terrain and black terrain (double black where available) in most conditions. Alpine Certified Level 3 instructors are expected to teach adults and children through the Advanced Zone. According the PSIA Alpine Technical Manual, “Skiers in this zone range from those who can handle the easiest groomed black runs to experts who can apply a variety of turn shapes to control speed on any type of terrain, in any snow condition.”
The Alpine Level 3 Assessment involves three parts:
– An online written test
– A skiing assessment
– A teaching assessment
You must take and pass each portion. The online written test must be passed with at least a score of 80% prior to registering and attending the on-snow assessments. There is no requirement to take the ski or teach assessment prior to the other. The ski and teaching assessments take place separately. You may choose to take either the one-day assessments or the two-day coached assessments, or you may mix and match between both types.
You are also required to take a Level 3 prep clinic before attempting this assessment; one clinic allows you to take the skiing assessment and the teaching assessment once each. If you do not pass either segment of the exam, you will need to take another Level 3 prep clinic before attempting it again.
The skiing assessment is entirely focused on skiing while the teaching assessment will involve you giving a lesson to two of your fellow candidates, based on your movement analysis of their skiing.
The Alpine Level 3 Written Exam is available anytime between October 1 and April 15 of each season. To sign up, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (801-942-2066) the office and give us your name, email address, level of test you wish to take, and a method of payment.
A link and a unique ID number will be sent to you via email within 24 hours. The test is 50 questions in 50 minutes, you will know your results upon completion. If unsuccessful the first time, you may make take it again after a 48 hour waiting period. If unsuccessful on the second attempt, you must wait until next season to take the test again.
For the skiing assessment, you will be scored in two categories: Highlighted Fundamentals and Application of Fundamentals. Each category is used to assess your level of competence with the Skiing Fundamentals as written in the PSIA National Alpine Certification Standards for Level 3. Click here to view the scoresheet for this assessment.
– Highlighted Fundamentals: you will perform five tasks. You must score a 4 or better in four tasks and a 3 or better in the fifth task to meet the standard.
– In the Application of Fundamentals category, there are three sub-categories: Basic Blending, Applied Skiing and Versatility. You will perform five tasks. You must score a 4 or better in four tasks and a 3 or better in the fifth task to meet the standard.
– Basic Applied Skiing: Two tasks will be performed in this category.
– Advanced Applied Skiing: Three tasks will be performed in this category.
– Versatility: there are four scored elements. Your performance in the five Application of Fundamentals tasks will be used to derive the scores in this category. You must score a 4 or better in three categories and a 3 or better in the fourth to meet the minimum performance standard.
You will teach a roughly 15-20 minute lesson, and two of your peers will be your students. The focus of this lesson will be based on movement analysis of your students. The content, delivery and feedback should be directed at your students. The goal is to impact the understanding, performance or learning of your students. At the completion of the teaching segment, the examiners will briefly ask any questions necessary to clarify elements of the teaching segment.
The components scored are listed on the scoresheet; you will be graded on your movement analysis of the students, your teaching effectiveness, and your application of professional knowledge. The same scale is used as for skiing; you are allowed one score of 3 for each category on the score sheet and must score a 4 in the remaining components.
Alpine Level 3 Written Exam: $20
One-Day Alpine Level 3 Assessment
(Ski or Teach): $120
Two-Day Alpine Level 3 Assessment
(Ski or Teach): $240
Alpine L3 Assessment Guide (618.8 KB)
Alpine L3 Skiing Scoresheet (188.2 KB)
Alpine L3 Teach Scoresheet (133.0 KB)