Originally Posted by Metaphor_
You're comparing hiring clinics to an actual certification. They're not the same thing. The standard itself is achievable for competent parallel skiers. Quite a number of skiers who think they're hot stuff fail the level 1 each year. Typically these skiers fail due to rotation issues, or something blocks them from steering with the lower joints. Some fail because their teaching is substandard. The course conductors do everything they can to get people up to the standard, but some skiers just aren't able to create the change they need.
You're talking out of your ass here. The course is not about teaching beginners to wedge turn. The course introduces instructors to the Canadian ski teaching model, and the fast-track-to-parallel method. The expectation of candidates is that they be able to teach from never-ever level up to parallel skier level. The 3 day course is $375 when booked early. It's well worth the money as an introduction to the Canadian approach, since you learn about physics of skiing, biomechanics, skills model, etc... I'm actually amazed at what they teach in 3 days.
The course guide is here for anyone interested - note that much of it will be gibberish without understanding the Canadian model: http://www.snowpro.com/documents/levelone/L1-guide-en.pdf
It's $170 based on what I have seen which is not far off from $150. Nothing about this mentions the Canadian model, nor was I talking about Canadian model. I realize above they were but I was more or less talking about PSIA.
What: The Level 1 exam is designed as the first step in the certification process. The weekend gives instructors an opportunity to have their skiing, teaching and technical skills evaluated against National PSIA Standards for Level 1 certification. The candidate will receive a written evaluation at the end of the weekend.
Why: The Level I exam gives the candidate an opportunity to learn collaboratively with the PSIA-C education staff as well as other candidates. The Level I exam is the beginning step in the exam process for instructors who wish to expand their teaching careers. The candidate has the opportunity to enhance their teaching, skiing and technical skills.
How: The exam consists of two days. Day 1 consists of a clinic lead by an education staff member to demonstrate teaching skills for beginning skiers using the Y-Model and skiing skills from first turns to basic parallel. Day 2 is an exam based on the format learned in day one. In Day 2 an education staff member will evaluate the candidates skiing skills, teaching skills and technical skills against PSIA National Standards for Level 1.
Also I have not heard of a high failure rate for level 1. I hear its quite easy.
Edited by utahsaint - 2/23/15 at 12:54pm