CS Trainer


The Children’s Specialist Trainer (CS Trainer, or CST) event is an assessment-based evaluative program that will continue the growth of instructors, who may serve as in-house trainers and mentors for their Snowsports School’s Children’s Program.┬áThe CST’s objective is “to develop and certify persons to administer the CS1 and CS2 assessment-based certificate programs and to lead clinics specific to the needs of children and children’s instructors.” The CST is being used as one of the benchmarks to ascertain the readiness of qualified professionals to serve on Intermountain’s Children’s DECL team.


– Current PSIA/AASI member in good standing.
– PSIA/AASI Level 3 discipline certification and CS1 and CS2 certificates.
– Minimum three years actively working with children in a PSIA/AASI Snowsports School.

Requirements for Completion

– Submission of a 500 to 1,000-word autobiographical paper outlining your background, and reasons and motivations for seeking the CST designation.
– Completion of the current CST Workbook, which must be received by the Division Office at least two weeks prior to the CST event.
– Participants must be prepared to present both indoor and outdoor assignments covering all CS concepts in an evaluative clinic setting. The assignments will be communicated to participants in advance and at the event.

Evaluative Criteria

Although the CST program is not a certification, participants will be expected to exceed the levels of competency defined by the Children’s Specialist 1 and 2 (CS1/CS2) National Standards, and the knowledge and performance standards of their current discipline certification level. Participants must demonstrate a thorough understanding of the CS standards and concepts, be able to effectively communicate CS concepts to others, and be able to demonstrate and apply effective training techniques in a clinic setting.┬áBecause the CST is an assessment-based evaluative program, to receive the CST designation, participants must:
– Receive at least an 80% score on the CST Workbook.
– Demonstrate the ability to apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate CS concepts in a variety of presentation settings.
– Receive a “meets standards” evaluation based on your participation at the CST event.
– Receive a “meets standards” evaluation on your on-snow and indoor presentations at the CST event.

In regards to the on-snow presentations, participants should be prepared to demonstrate:
– Lesson Plan Overview: What are your goals and objectives? How would you present your ideas to other instructors in a clinic setting?
– Explain & demonstrate your lesson plan to your peers (move the group) & justify your plan (why did you select these exercises/drills?)
– Movement analysis & feedback: Explain what you’re seeing and how you’d address.
– Summarize your plan: Did you achieve your objectives? What was the plan’s value? Why did you use your approach?

In regards to the indoor presentations, participants should be prepared to:
– State your presentation’s objectives.
– Explain and illustrate the concepts.
– Summarize: What did you present and why?

Upcoming Events


CS Trainer Evaluation (two days): $180
(includes workbook grading fee)