Telemark Certification

For many members, certification is their primary reason for becoming a member of PSIA. Whether you’re new to teaching or a season veteran, certification is one of the best ways to advance your career as a ski instructor. Most ski schools offer increased pay and standing to certified instructors, with the benefits generally increasing at higher levels of certification. Once you become certified, you are required to maintain your certification by fulfilling the PSIA Continuing Education requirements.

Level 1 Certification Process

  1. Become a member of PSIA.
  2. Complete and submit your authorized evaluation sheet (your Ski School director/trainer/examiner will sign these documents). Six hours of training on telemark skis is required for this.
  3. Complete the Telemark Level 1 Workbook and bring it with you to your assessment.
  4. Attend the two-day Level 1 Telemark assessment.

Level 2 Certification Process

  1. Obtain the Level 1 Telemark certification or a Level 2 certification in another discipline.
  2. Attend a Level 2 Telemark prep clinic within one calendar year prior to attending the assessment. Qualifying clinics include: Telemark Ski Improvement, Telemark Level 2/3 Exam Prep, and Telemark Teaching/Movement Analysis.
  3. Attend the two-day Level 2 Telemark assessment, during which you must pass the on-snow portion and a written test, covering Skiing, Teaching, and Mechanics.

Level 3 Certification Process

  1. Obtain the Level 2 Telemark certification.
  2. Attend a Level 3 Telemark prep clinic within one calendar year prior to attending the assessment. Qualifying clinics include: Telemark Ski Improvement, Telemark Level 2/3 Exam Prep, and Telemark Teaching/Movement Analysis.
  3. Attend the two-day Level 3 Telemark assessment, during which you must pass the on-snow portion and a written test, covering Skiing, Teaching, and Mechanics.

Relevant Documents

PSIA Telemark National Standards (708.0 KB)

Telemark L1 Workbook (279.8 KB)

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