The Children’s Specialist Trainer (CS Trainer or CST) event is a two-day 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. The 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 used as one of the benchmarks to ascertain the readiness of qualified professionals to serve on Intermountain’s Children’s Education (DECL) team. 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 and CS2) National Standards. Participants will also be held to the knowledge and performance standards of their current discipline certification level, and:
– Must demonstrate a thorough understanding of the CS standards and concepts.
– Must be able to effectively communicate CS concepts to others.
– Should be able to demonstrate and apply effective training techniques in a clinic setting.
Participants are evaluated on their knowledge and expertise in teaching children and are awarded a “Children’s Specialist Trainer” Intermountain designation upon successful completion of this event.
– Current PSIA/AASI Level 3 discipline certification AND CS2 certificate
– Minimum three (3) years actively working with children in a PSIA/AASI Snowsports School
– Submission of a 500 to 1,000-word autobiographical paper outlining your Snowsports and educational background, and your reasons and motivations for seeking the CST designation;
– Completion of the current CST Workbook (v1.2), which must be received by the Division Office at least two weeks prior to your 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.
– Analytical discussion on all CS concepts in a peer-to-peer clinic setting (Variety of situations; all zones, ages & conditions)
– Further exploration: The Real & Ideal Movement Spectrum (All zones and ages)
– Further exploration: Teaching with Creativity (All zones and ages)
– Exploration: Managing clinic/group dynamics
– Peer-to-peer teaching presentations on CS concepts
– Professional development presentations on “developing an effective resume brief/summary” and “creating successful presentations”
Although the CST program is not a certification, participants will be expected to exceed: (1) the levels of competency defined by the Children’s Specialist 1 and 2 (CS1/CS2) National Standards, and (2) the knowledge and performance standards of their current discipline
certification level. Because the CST is an assessment-based evaluative program, to receive the CST designation, participants must:
– Complete and receive at least an 80% score on the CST workbook.
– Receive a “meets standards” evaluation based on your participation at the CST event
– Receive a “meets standards” evaluation based on your demonstrated ability to apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate CS concepts – at a trainer level – in a variety of presentation settings at the CST event.
In regards to the on-snow presentations, participants should be prepared to:
– State your presentation’s objectives & provide a lesson plan overview.
– Identify & address the students’ issues & characteristics, and how you’d resolve.
– Explain & concisely demonstrate your lesson plan to your peers, and assess the group’s movements.
– When summarizing your plan, explain the concept’s applicability and value in your teaching model. Did you achieve your objectives? Why did you use your approach?
In regards to the indoor presentations, participants should be prepared to:
– Concisely state your presentation’s objectives.
– Explain and illustrate the concepts.
– Summarize: What did you present and why?
All participants will receive verbal and written feedback from their clinician.
Should a participant be unsuccessful at attaining CST, the entire course will need to be taken again.