Originally Posted by Magi
Having looked into this from the reverse perspective (training in the southern winter) level2 certification seems to transfer internationally, but level 1 won't.
I suggest CSIA for ease of visa and proximity to the entirety of Australia's 19-24 year olds at Whistler
Originally Posted by DanoT
I think the CSIA level 1 takes 3 days not 3-4 weeks. And yes you would need a CSIA level 2 before anyone outside of Canada is interested in hiring you.
Based on the large number of Aussies that work at resorts in Canada vs the small number in the US I would guess it is a lot easier to find work for an Aussie in Canada. It helps that if you are from OZ and under 32 years Canada will grant you a visa good for 2 years and renewable that allows you to work or travel as much or as little as you want.
Good to know, thanks! Seems like CSIA might be the way to go if I had to choose. I guess I'll need to look for some level two courses as well - it's frustrating that there isn't just an international, or at least continental, standard for instructor training!
Originally Posted by Jim.
I take it you mean you want to do a training course before the exam? No level 1 exam I have heard of takes 3 weeks. If you are doing a season in Aus, why not do APSI qualifications?
If you are set on doing a training course, which system you do depends on where you want to work, and how long you want to be an instructor. If you want to work in Europe, and make instructing your career, BASI is the choice, but it is expensive, and takes a long time. If you just want to do a season or 2, CSIA is your best bet, as it's easy to get a visa there (assuming you are under 30 and from Aus). PSIA is only good if you are from the US because visas into the US are hard to get, and the qualification doesn't mean much in Europe.
Oh, OK. I guess I've been looking at training courses for exam prep, focusing on PSIA. Looking up CSIA instead yields 3-day exams like you suggested: http://www.snowproab.com/skipro/level1dates.html (presumably this will update with this year's dates).
After some Googling, I found out that there's a three-day APSI level 1 course and exam near the end of the Hotham season, for $880, which I didn't know about! Doing that while on-mountain could be an awesome option: http://www.apsi.net.au/media/5001/alpine_pdf.pdf . Is APSI (presumably level 2) accepted in Canada/the US?
Also interesting information regarding employability; I'm certainly not dismissing the idea of making instructing into a career, so perhaps BASI would be worth investigating. Maybe I should start by getting CSIA or APSI, and consider upgrading if I love it enough that I want to work seasons in Europe.
Thanks all, any more information is appreciated. In your experience, is it worth spending the extra money to do a couple of weeks of pre-exam training?