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post #1 of 29
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Getting ready for my level1 psia test in a week and a half. A bit tnse. Any words of advise ?
Willow
post #2 of 29
Chill. You'll be fine if you can demo and teach some basic beginners stuff and have read the Alpine Tech Manual and the Core Concepts. Can you name the responsibility code by heart ?

I predict a pass for you. Good luck .
post #3 of 29
Are you asking about the Written Test or the Skiing Module? Both?
Is there a Teaching Module for Level 1 where you are?

.ma
post #4 of 29
Actually its almost impossible to fail level 1 "unless you really piss off examiner".You must remember that you are being graded on the lowest of skiing abilities.
post #5 of 29
Level 1 was nothing to stress out over. You have to show you can do the very basic things you have been teaching in lessons, and you need to show that you can convey a clear message and demo to your students. Beyond that, pretty boring stuff - like a 2 day beginner lesson.
post #6 of 29
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Getting ready for my level1 psia test in a week and a half. A bit tnse. Any words of advise ?
Willow
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post #7 of 29
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On time with gear you've already used since it was last tuned and be well rested.
post #8 of 29
If your home mountain has properly prepared you, you'll be fine. Just relax and listen to what the examiner says and follow his/her instructions. Stick to the basics when you do your teaching.
post #9 of 29
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Actually, it is tougher than that. You must also be able to fog a mirror.

But seriously folks, PSIA is trying to make the level 1 cert harder than it used to be. It's still not difficult, but reading the exam prep materials is recommended. For Rocky Mountain, they can be found here.
post #10 of 29
People do fail level I in our division. Most of the time it is because they didn't study and the written part of the exam gets them. But on occasion people do fail the skiing and/or teaching as well. The vast majority pass, and this is how it should be at level one. The standard isn't high but there is a standard you have to meet.

Study the manuals, keep your teaching simple, be yourself, make any changes asked of you, and you'll do fine. Not something to worry about, but don't take a pass for granted either.
post #11 of 29
make sure your demos are what was asked for and at the right level

ie if you are asked for wedge turns, do wedge turns not the parallel turns you do in your own skiing
post #12 of 29
As doc is saying, the hardest part is precisely skiing down to the requirement.

The only one that failed in my group truly couldn't to anything quite right.
post #13 of 29
You need to know what the "skills Concept" is.

You need to be able to do 15 or so turns in a row with the skis entering the fallline together.

Practice straight run to wedge. You should always do this with your feet starting at normal stance width and turning the tips together to make the wedge. If I see feet coming apart and tails pushing out, I wonder if the instructor knows anything about PSIA.
post #14 of 29
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Getting ready for my level1 psia test in a week and a half. A bit tnse. Any words of advise ?
Willow
It is "almost" impossible to fail PSIA level 1. Delete "impossible". at my exam, one boy was actually skiing out of control. Me and another lady had to threaten him. We didn't want him to clean us up.

Then I got teamed up with him for the teach, and it was so painfully awful that one of the examiners sidled up and suggested I "step in".

He passed. They all passed.
post #15 of 29
LEvel one in most devisions is run as a course that employs some assessment. Evaluation is done primarily group involvement and willingness to change. As that it is a course, they should give you the tools to pass the course (this is not true in all devisions but we are headed that way) during your time there. Bring something to write on and with, take on board what you are told, be participatory and you should do fine and get a lot out of it.
post #16 of 29
...Ph and please do what Epic said and know the SKills Concept.

Add the teaching model to that.
post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 
I've studied core concepts,basic alpine, taught most days since xmas until yesterday. I'm talking skiing in my sleep. Taken about 6 clinics in the past 2 weeks and feeling overwhelmed. Oh and I normally teach 3 - 7 year olds so I am needing to learn a new language. Apparently pizza/french fry is not on the test.
post #18 of 29
I just passed mine this weekend and it was a breeze. The manual states you have to be able to link open parallel turns on blue terrain. Two of the candidates skied stem-christies down the Wagner Headwall of 7 Springs, what I would call an easy blue-hard green at better resorts and they still passed. The "Exam" portion consisted of creating an imaginary student profile and then teaching a progression to someone pretending to be that profile. Some of the cadidates taught what I would call non-psia curriculem, or at least what I would say PSIA would frown upon if not condemn, and they passed.

I don't know if this would be the typical experience, but it sounds like it may be.
post #19 of 29
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I just passed mine this weekend and it was a breeze. The manual states you have to be able to link open parallel turns on blue terrain. Two of the candidates skied stem-christies down the Wagner Headwall of 7 Springs, what I would call an easy blue-hard green at better resorts and they still passed. The "Exam" portion consisted of creating an imaginary student profile and then teaching a progression to someone pretending to be that profile. Some of the cadidates taught what I would call non-psia curriculem, or at least what I would say PSIA would frown upon if not condemn, and they passed.

I don't know if this would be the typical experience, but it sounds like it may be.
hey did you take it with a younger girl by the name of kelly? if so I hope see wasnt one of the stem christy skiers.
post #20 of 29
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hey did you take it with a younger girl by the name of kelly? if so I hope see wasnt one of the stem christy skiers.
Yes. Kelly tears it up. She was actually my "student" for my progression.
post #21 of 29
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Yes. Kelly tears it up. She was actually my "student" for my progression.
sweet the adopeted little sister should. she skis every weekend with me.

she ll be one of the youngest L3s in the country if everything goes well. Long way to go for her though.
post #22 of 29
You want to ski friday?
post #23 of 29
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You want to ski friday?
dude you need AIM so we dont threadjack not that we already didnt.

so maybe saturday night but I am with someone who I might want to ski alone with, if shes ok with it maybe saturday night.
post #24 of 29
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dude you need AIM so we dont threadjack not that we already didnt.

so maybe saturday night but I am with someone who I might want to ski alone with, if shes ok with it maybe saturday night.
Check your PM for aim sn.

And to unhijack thread...

Level one is easy.
post #25 of 29
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I've studied core concepts,basic alpine, taught most days since xmas until yesterday. I'm talking skiing in my sleep. Taken about 6 clinics in the past 2 weeks and feeling overwhelmed.
You are way over thinking this. It is good that you are doing all that prep because it will help you be a better instructor but you are going to be fine at the exam.

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Oh and I normally teach 3 - 7 year olds so I am needing to learn a new language. Apparently pizza/french fry is not on the test.
Why the heck not? Teaching pizza/french fry to a 6yo is a great teaching segment for a level I exam.
post #26 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. Yes, I passed. Had a chance to ski with an examiner the day before so he helped my skiing but was a 2 so focus was off. His advice was improve my railroad tracks(he helped) and have wine and cheese not note cards the night before.Not all passed, my biggest problem was too much in my brain. I think I would have done better to have relaxed more (oh yes several mentioned that). I was brain fried. Anyway it is done , thanks for the vent space everyone,
Willow
post #27 of 29
Soem people FAILED?! Tell us what they did!
post #28 of 29
Well done. Now the adventure continues for you. You may have noticed we have many very experienced pros here to lean on for advice and timely steering down the path of learning you have undertaken . Stick your nose in the instruction threads and keep an open ,inquiring mind and you can learn from some of the best on the planet.

I'm fairly new here and to instruction and I have learned so much from these folks so I know you can too.
post #29 of 29
Thread Starter 
Skiing (in rental equipment) not up to level. The person also had a difficult time with the lesson portion. She regurgitated exactly what had been taught but her demo was very different from the lesson.
I have noted lots of good resource people on this site and will continue to visit the forums a lot. Now to go ask boot questions....
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