On the BASI site:
"The Euro test is an integral part of the training of ski instructors in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria and the UK
. Other EU countries are applying to join the system. The test is part of the Level 4 ISTD Qualification
, BASI’s highest level of qualification. The test is run to strict rules on an international basis and validated by the nation/country in which the test is held."
From an article in the Telegraph:
"What qualifications does a British instructor need to work in France?
The British governing body, the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI), is widely respected around the world and has worked hard to put a pathway in place for aspiring instructors.
There are four different levels of qualification: BASI Level 4 is the highest level and this is needed to work independently in France. It is possible to work in France with a BASI Level 2 or a BASI Level 3, but this requires you to pass an additional exam known as the Test Technique, and even then you will only be able to work within a certified ski school. You then have a four year window to gain your BASI Level 4, and Euro Test, qualifying you as a BASI Level 4 ISTD (passing the Euro Test provides instructors with the additional ISTD badge).
Seems simple enough. So what’s all the noise about?
The Test Technique requires an extremely high level of ability to pass. It is a timed slalom, organised by the DDJS (local département authority). To pass you have to complete an individual slalom to within a percentage of a time set on the day by the course opener, generally a professional skier. Without excellent technique, fitness, power and experience, you are unlikely to pass.
One could argue the Test Technique favours French skiers as they grew up slalom racing, racing is part of their culture, and for many, their weekends are spent competing in regional slalom races. Unfortunately most of us Brits don’t have this opportunity (as demonstrated by the lack of presence in the Alpine disciplines in Sochi).
Our head Méribel Instructor and British Alpine Ski School Director Craig Conkie passed his Test Technique at 22. He told me “I had been skiing since I was 18 months, only hit my first race gate aged 21, and managed to pass my Test Technique a year later. It’s tough, but that’s the point. It takes training and hard work but it is definitely achievable.”
What's next after the Test Technique?
With a BASI Level 2 or 3 and a Test Technique you gain ‘stagiaire’ status (French for trainee), the term given to a French trainee ski instructor. Stagiaire status is valid for four years, during which time you must pass your BASI Level 4 and Euro Test to become a BASI ISTD and continue working as an instructor in France.
Working as a stagiaire has its benefits. You are now in the uniform and working with some of the most experienced ski instructors in the world.
How to pass a Level 4 and Euro Test
The Euro Test is a straight up, no holding back, Giant Slalom speed test. To pass you need nerves of steel, flawless technique and to finish the course within a time percentage of the course opener, again a professional ski racer."
From a Canadian instructor training site:
Once at Level 2 standard under each of these bodies (Canada's CSIA and CASI, New Zealand’s NZSIA, Britain’s BASI and the US’s PSIA or AASI) you will be eligible to work at ski schools in most countries, with the main exception being France.
We find Western Canada to be the best place in the world to train as an instructor, due to its incredible terrain and snow conditions. By gaining Canada’s CASI or CSIA qualifications you will be in an excellent position to get a job in ski schools in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Switzerland, USA and the UK, as well as Canada.
QUALIFYING AND WORKING IN FRANCE
Instructing in France is an entirely different kettle of fish. Before you get started in a French ski school, you need to pass some extremely challenging slalom speed tests
that require a high level of specific training. It’s a challenging system, but it is achievable and we can help you on your way. (NB to teach snowboarding in France you need to first become a ski instructor!)
- See more at: http://www.nonstopsnow.com/become-a-ski-or-snowboard-instructor/working-overseas-as-an-instructor/#sthash.uUlL2OfN.dpuf
This article about taking it says it is required for France and Austria's highest levels: http://www.thesnowpros.org/Portals/0/Images/Publications,%20Videos%20&%20Resouces/Web_Extras/WE_S12_Eurotest_Lessons_Learned.pdfEdited by sibhusky - 6/12/15 at 3:38am