Here is a link to the PSIA-RM website that includes descriptions of the tasks for the various certification levels. Select either the level I,II, or III sking descriptions. Keep in mind the skiing descriptions are merely a portion of the exam. Prior to the written exam and two days of on snow evaluation, at the levels II and III a candidate attends two days of "clinics" that are mandatory prep for the exam process. Subsequent to the clinics, is a written exam, a "teaching" portion which is a seperate day in the exam process, and a "skiing" portion which is a third day at the level II, and III. Currently in the RM division the clinics and exams are combined into one process for level I.http://www.psia-rm.org/disc_alpine.htm#3steps
I guess I was a little confused as to whether you were asking about instructor cert levels (I, II, III) or skier levels (1-9).
It may vary by division, however, an associate member can take the level I exam in the RM division. At the website you can see that, upon passing the exam, the level I "pin" will then be awarded, subsequent to employment by a ski school, and after a certain number (25) of teaching hours.
How do I feel about lessons being given by non-certified instructors? Now that I've obtained my level III cert I wouldn't recommend taking a lesson from a non-cert or anyone less than a level III cert! A little humor there......
The process in it's simplist form "certifies" instructors to teach students at varying levels Level I cert-level 1-3 skiers, level II cert-level 4-6 skiers, level III cert-level 7-9 skiers. That may be overly simplistic.
I have a ten year old daughter who was taught as a beginner and intermediate by two very capable level II certs. One, in addition, has there "children's accred" and is a regular here at epicski. I would have been fine with a level I cert teaching her when she was first on skis. "Storm" who participates here is a superlative kids instructor. I always knew and foremost my daughter would be safe and in addition that she would have a good time. The safety and fun issues were of paramount importance to me. That is not to say "Storm" isn't a great teacher and strong skier. Quite frankly I can't figure out why the guy hasn't gone and done his level III cert other than it's expensive and everyone feels it takes a good deal of work to prepare for the process and if you fail ......
In years past at Eldora, "new instructors" would be hired and undergo training early season. A bulk of the college students would be assigned to the kids center. By mid season they most likely would have attended the level I clinic and exam. It's important to note no school can make them go through the process. Are these new hires well suited to teach in the kids center? You bet they are. They are enthusiastic and the kids love them.
Last year Robin made an attempt to not segregate childrens and adult lineups. We were all generalists. My good friend Robin had many great programs and has moved on, however, early indications are the integrated lineups will continue.
Our new hire training was under the guidance of Bob Barnes and I feel as though the new "non certified" instructors got their careers off on the right foot.[ May 16, 2003, 06:28 AM: Message edited by: Rusty Guy ]