Originally Posted by disski
or they are certified under OTHER certification systems..... like in countries other than the US of A.....
: yes there ARE other countries out there & some of them even have instructor certification systems.....
Comparing the certification systems of other countries to the USA is a bit of a non-starter. It's like comparing Dave Merriam to Bill Beerman.
In A country like France it is akin to University training. They have an amazing complex where the training is based and the mountains of Chamonix as the course.
Canada has an incredible cert sytem and it is very difficult to attain the highest level 4. Their level 3 takes 5 days on snow and 2 days of exams.The 4 takes 6 days and 4 exam days and you have to have I believe the canadian coaching cert as well as a prerequisite.
All of this is really a reflection of the seriousness that the profession is viewed in other parts of the world. PSIA and it's cert process are a reflection of the disdain with which ski teaching is viewed in this country. It's amazing it is still viewed this way by the resorts because after a million studies by the NSAA you would think that the opposite might have sunk in by now.
And the demo teams of other countries have WAY better uniforms!!!!