Following up on the top certs thread, I revisited the ISIA standards for instructors....(http://www.isiaski.org/download/rules/Minimumstandard_en.pdf)
I was looking for requirements not covered by the PSIA L3 cert and wondering if anything overlapped with our top cert discussion (does not look like it). As I understand it, PSIA L3s can get the ISIA stamp for the price of the dues. I've held off mainly because I don't plan on going overseas and using the privileges any time soon, but also because I perceived that I shouldn't until I fully met the requirements. Let's see how things stand....
The candidate must be able to instruct all guest categories (children to
seniors) in group and private lessons. S/he will be competent in the technical
forms to the level of "expert" and able to demonstrate and explain them on
difficult terrain. S/he will be able to instruct in several disciplines.
I've got everything except several disciplines. I can only ski and snowboard. I suppose cross country, telemark and ski jumping are my other options to get to "several". I wonder if adaptive counts?
The candidate must be able to assess winter and mountain hazards
(weather, avalanches and terrain) correctly, respond and behave appropriately, and be able to take immediate action in the event of an accident. The candidate will be familiar with and able to implement FIS rules.
I've had some basic back country training. I've got no idea what the FIS rules for safety are, but have a pretty good idea they are not the law of the land here. It will be interesting to find out what's required vs what I would do otherwise.
The candidate will understand the teaching and relevant factors for instructtion
and training, and be able to apply and implement them in theory and
2.4 First Aid
The candidate will know the principles of first aid in the event of a snow
sports accident, be able to apply them and know the immediate procedures
with regard to safety and alerting.
I think I've got this covered, but would probably want to get emergency first responder training/cert for brush up at a minimum.
The candidate will understand the importance of quality in tourism. S/he will
understand the most important marketing principles and be able to adapt
his/her communication as appropriate to the situation.
S/he will know the basic rights and duties of a commercial guide, and be
able to derive and apply further rights and duties from the legal requirements.
Marketing - check. Guide - needs work
The candidate will be able to instruct in at least one other language.
Languages - this is the toughie. I've taught a few non-English speaking students. If I pursued this for the cert, I'd do Spanish because I've got a fair knowledge already and it is most in demand locally. If I was doing it in general, I'd go for Mandarin as the biggest potential need.
2.7 Environment and Nature
The candidate will know the rules with regard to nature and the environment
and deal sensitively with both.
2.8 History and Culture
The candidate will know the national history of snow sports, plus the national
and international snow sports instructor organisations and their tasks.
This was just for the ISIA "stamp". This all does not seem like a big deal to me. What do you think? The ISIA "card" is another story.