I have been reading EpicSki forums for a couple of seasons now, and I wanted to see if anyone is interested in sharing their certification journey - the good, the bad, the frustrating.... all of it.
My journey started when I started teaching in 2003. I was pretty typical, having taken the Level 1 certification exam during my first season. Being a part-timer, I spent virtually every season from 2005 through 2010 preparing for Level II certification. I passed my skiing exam in 2010 on my first attempt.
From 2011 through last season, I was not successful with Part 2. I can pretty much write a novel on my experiences these last two seasons. Most notably, I struggled with the exam format - but learned an incredible amount about being a more effective ski coach.
So, here I am - once again preparing for my Level II skiing exam. It's a reboot! As I look at this as a journey, I am training all season, and choosing a March date for the exam, probably Belleayre or Stowe. I met quite a few extraordinary people in PSIA who have had similar experiences, but have kept at it - kept training, kept learning, kept putting themselves out there. I practically consider it an obligation to pursue certification.
The exam changes in the Easter Division have also kept me motivated. Oh, how I wish these changes came into effect a couple of seasons ago! But I am very glad that there is an acknowledgement that those seeking certification are made up of a large population of part-time ski coaches, and more on-snow training is required to meet certification goals.
I have to think there are more ski coaches who post here that are doing the same thing. I would love to hear more about your journey!