Originally Posted by TheRusty
Well deserved Rollo!
Are all level 4's hired on as CSIA staff?
Not all 4's are hired as staff. Most are already Level 1 examiners, there are then a few 'tasks' that we have to go through to become a Level 2 examiner. You need to run a minimum of 5 level 1 courses, including what's known as a 'multi-cell' where there would be 2 or more conductors, and you must be the lead. (Included in all this is a lot of paperwork and on line 'portal' stuff)
Also required then is a 'rookie' of a level 2 course, on the course a senior examiner will be running, he then has a list of tasks for you to do, and he is evaluating your ability to be able to demonstrate and teach on the course. This includes things like use of a video camera.
In your own ski school you have to run a few sessions as well, on certain themes, and a Level 4 evaluator will come along and listen to make sure it's correct.
Once all of these have been completed, and this could take an entire season or maybe more, you're then a Level 2 examiner. As a Level 4 you are qualified to run our PDP program, which is a professional development program, a mandatory training for all CSIA members who haven't taught. It's free and runs for a half day.
A lot of Level 4's make it to Level 2 examiner but no further, simply because of the volume of courses running, e.g. At Whistler there might be over 10 level 1's running per week. There would be only 20 Level 2's run all season...2 Level 3 exams/courses...and then every other year the Level 4 April exam....And Whistler is the largest hill for sure...my hill only ran 8 level 1's all season!!
So the demand for course conductors severely declines after Level 2, and the tasks to become tougher the further you get up the ladder...As well as there being plenty of Level 1 examiners around the difficulty is even managing to get the 5 you require!
Hope that kinda answers the question.