Originally Posted by FOG
would you please explain how the program worked.
My first hill had their own cert system (Perfect Turn) which you could do as well as PSIA. the system lived quite comfortably within PSIA too.
There was a number of modules at each "level" and you worked through them. Some were on the job, some were in formal training situations, some were off-snow learning. Once you'd successfully done all the modules, you got your pin! They had 4 levels, which closely approximated PSIA levels.
Our supervisors were usually the assessors for the modules, and there were quite a few which involved various assessments during teaching (depending on the topic of the module - inventive teaching say, or health and safety, or detection and correction). So you might be assessed while teaching several times in the season, progressing towards Perfect Turn II or whatever.
This was beaut as it counted towards getting a concrete award (a pin, and a higher pay level, and status), and it helped with your teaching, and it also ensured that the supervisory staff knew how you taught. It also helped to get used to the exam-type situation you'd face in PSIA exams, being watched and assessed. In all, it was an excellent system.