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ISIA stamp question

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Today I was asked a question that I couldn’t answer so I decided to tap into the collective mind of the EpicSki forum.

I have a friend who works as a ski instructor every year in a large RM resort and is an ISIA member from Europe and has had his stamps consistently for many years. However this year because of changes to the clinic schedule in his home country (due to lack of snow) he's unable to attend the class required for the new stamp because he's already working here.

So my question is this: Is there any way he can get the stamp from the US? Maybe go to a class or a clinic here if need be?

Now I know that in principal the stamps are givens from the ISIA country members to their own ski instructors, but I thought I would ask if there is a way for a foreigner who is a member of ISIA with a valid passport until 2008, but no stamp for this year, could get one from the US instead of his home country.

I guess becoming PSIA member is one way, but I don't think it is physically possible to become LEVEL III in one year. Not a question of skill but I think the PSIA levels can be taken only 1 per year.

I am not a ski instructor, so I don't know much about these things.

Thanks for your help in advance!
post #2 of 7
I can think of 2 possible approaches:
1) petition the home country to allow a PSIA clinic (or other continuing education credit) to be substituted for a home country clinic
2) Go through the PSIA challenge process to get level 3/ISIA cert in this country.

PSIA has been known to accomodate foreign instructors. Division rules do vary, but PSIA-E does offer a challenge process for instructors in special situations. I would bet that already having a current/about to expire ISIA stamp would qualify. If this instructor is working at Vail/BC, they should contact PSIA-RM.
post #3 of 7

Yes , it is possible...

If the country of original issue of the ISIA stamp will accept it, great. If not, then the instr can join PSIA-RM, and take his L3 this season. He does need to meet the current pre-req's for the L3, but he will be allowed to bypass L1 and L2.

Contacting his National Instr Org is the first step, then contacting PSIA-RM is his fall back...
post #4 of 7
My current PSIA LIII card is considered a valid stamp for my ISIA standings in Europe. I believe it works both ways as vail snopro stated.

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of your suggestions. I'll let him know.
post #6 of 7
is the psia III ISIA stamp recognised?
post #7 of 7
Originally Posted by ScotsJohn View Post
is the psia III ISIA stamp recognised?

(and you just opened a whole can of worms)
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