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Working in the USA with a British Qualification

post #1 of 9
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I have a BASI L2 license and am currently working towards the ISIA level which i hope to achieve in a few years (i think equivalent is PSIA3) training primarily in France. What are the realities of finding work next season within the west coast of USA with a foreign qualification? Are hiring decisions more qualification based or experience based? Are BASI's readily accpeted or must you convert to PSIA? I carry an american passport so visas not an issue.

thnks in advance
post #2 of 9
You should get hired no problem.
post #3 of 9
US ski areas will take anyone that can walk and talk. You don't need any certification. A lot of them use wranglers to do the hires.
post #4 of 9
I've seen a number of BASI pins at Winter Park. It shouldn't be a problem.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
thanks all, that is reassuring to know.
post #6 of 9
The good news is having higher cert levels will help you get better work too.
post #7 of 9
There will be no problem... Where are you thinking about finding work? Not needing a visa is a big deal; most of the non-US instructors that were expected at the US resorts haven't gotten their visas. I heard this week that the US government is telling them March!
post #8 of 9
The stumbling block will be your work visa.

If you can get your own (under 35, BUNAC etc.) - that would be brilliant, otherwise you'd need the ski school to sponsor your visa.

This is when you need to know someone over there, and apply early (May time for the next year).
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I've seen a number of BASI pins at Winter Park. It shouldn't be a problem.
and I've been told by a BASI cert instructor that WP does not accept that qual.

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There will be no problem... Where are you thinking about finding work? Not needing a visa is a big deal; most of the non-US instructors that were expected at the US resorts haven't gotten their visas. I heard this week that the US government is telling them March!
depends on the resort, all of WP's H2's have been coming in on time!
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