Originally Posted by Lonnie
And Vald your point is well taken, but the PSIA pins are there to insure and industry standards and quality across a wide range of teaching situations. In reality to get a pin of a certain color, you only have to be at that level on the day of the exam.
ummmm...Lonnie- Allow me to reiterate that I'm a recovering ex-level III ("full) E. I am more than aware of the purpose, both actual and purported, of the psia pin. please don't educate me on that point. (i appreciate where you're coming form and all, but....)
and, speaking of ensuring industry standards, etc, that's a whole other ball of wax we don't wanna deal with, at this point.
Awhile back, I mentioned a ski school, being run by an examiner, that's horrific.
every pin and her/his sibling got on board here and bellowed that trhe psia is merely there to train instructors, dev teamers, etc. not to ensure (ie "CERTIFY") the performance of said instructors, clinicians, dev teamers, etc., after the fact.
if you're not going to demand the holders of such pins and titles run their shows according to the demands of the association, ya really shouldn't "certify" them. There's a degree of accountability and guarantee inherent in 'certification'.
I'm prpud of my austrian certification, and my swiss license. They were both hard as hell to earn, and they both, to me, represent that actual guarantee.
while both countries host private schools, often many on each mountain, unlike America where the mountain must own and control the school(I believe Hunter and Sugar bush were the last holdouts of private schools),
Each demands that it's instructors remain up-to-par in their teaching in order to retain their pins/patches....unlike the states......who blame poorly-run schoools on the mountain corp.