A little off-topic for this thread, but don't want to take the time to start a new thread right now. Please hold discussion until later.
Here's the best description I can find quickly about the difference between PSIA Level 1, 2, 3. It's from a website with info about ski instruction worldwide. Around Epicski advanced=expert in many discussions. Levels are defined differently in outside the U.S. For instance CSIA in Canada has four levels. Note that a Level 2 instructor who has been teaching 10+ years can be as effective for an advancing intermediate or advanced beginner as a Level 3 instructor. For someone who teaches skiing part-time, there can be many reasons that pursuing Level 3 certification is not practical or necessary. It's quite possible to pass the Level 1 exam during an instructor's first season teaching.
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PSIA Level One Ski Instructor
To become certified as a PSIA level one ski instructor, candidates must have a good level of competency over intermediate terrain, and be able to execute both linked short and medium parallel turns and demonstrate various wedge/ snowplough techniques.
Level one qualification allows instructors to teach novice and beginner skiers on blue and green terrain. Certification consists of a three day course and assessment of the candidate’s skiing skills, teaching skills, technical knowledge and movement analysis.
PSIA Level Two Ski Instructor
Upon successful completion of PSIA level one, candidates can progress to PSIA level two, which requires ability to ski over advanced terrain in a controlled fashion, including steeps, bumps and jumps. Candidates must also be able to confidently execute all elements of progression up to and including advanced parallel turning.
A level two certification involves five days of assessment, comprised of a two day skiing assessment and a three day teaching assessment.
PSIA level two qualification allows instructors to teach intermediate skiers.
PSIA Level Three Ski Instructor
The PSIA level three certification is a professional level qualification for ski instructors in America who are both expert skiers and experienced instructors, and wish to teach to a higher intermediate and expert level, or become involved in training new instructors at levels one and two.
Level three instructors are eligible for professional membership of ISIA (the International Ski Instructors Association) which opens up a greater range of options for teaching internationally and skiing abroad.
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