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You can get some info from CSIA Alberta on the Level 1 courses:
Also, the course dates are on this page.
The Level 2 courses are adminstered through CSIA and you can get the schedule by searching on their site.
The "gap year" courses sponsored by UK companies are a great way for a skier to get feedback on a daily basis for an extended period of time (11 weeks sounds pretty good!) with video feedback, etc. as some offer.
I did my Level 1 in Whistler and it was a great challenge, especially when demonstrating skills at the beginner level. It was great that before the course, I did an afternoon lesson with a Level 3 Instructor who gave me a few tips on the CSIA model.
Do the prep with the downloadable PDF reading materials, it will help a lot.
During the course, you are continuously evaluated, and get great feedback from the Course Conductors.
Best of luck!
The level 1 is a great course for any intermediate skier.
One of our members pointed me to this site before I took my level 1: http://www.snowproab.com/skipro/course_materials.htm
It gives you a demo of how well potential candidates ski at each of the instructor levels.
I found the most challenging part of the course was mastering the drills sufficiently to be able to apply them. It's one thing to ski well - it's another matter to perform the drills properly!
Here are some tips:
Best of luck!
The CSIA courses teach you all you need to know. Hence for the teaching portions, L1 especially no prior work is required. L2 however, it will definatly help if you have some real world experience, if you dont the GAP programs can help.
The real value of the GAP programs thou is getting your skiing ready. Most candidates that enter the GAP programs do not ski at the L1 standard at the start. But most make it by the end. No matter what your current level, the GAP programs will make your skiing better....however, if your goal is simply to get the L1 and L2, and you have reliable, objective evidence to suggest you will pass your skiing portions without outside help then the GAP programs are by no means necessary.
However, I will point out, when you consider that the GAP fee includes accomadation/lessons/lift pass somtimes food, somtimes flights, somtimes a ski suit, somtimes discount ski gear...they are not bad value, compared to what you would pay on your own. There is a reason they are so popular.
Another option is to do the CSIA level 1 yourself.... then join a shorter CSIA level 2 training course. Most Level 1 exams are designed as clinic's and based over 4 days.... good skiers should achieve the level over the 4 days. But like Skidude said the level 2 you will need good training through a course or over a couple of years through a ski school.
If you do decide to choose a Ski Instructor training course, look into Non Stop Ski in Canada.
It really comes down to the trainers that makes the course and the use of your time - successful, My experience is they have great trainers and are the best in Canada.
Take it from me, as I run the Rookie Academy(Ski and Snowboard instructor training) based in America and New Zealand - Non Stop Ski would be the company I'd chose in Canada.
The CSIA L1 course is 4 days, with no formal prerequisites. You should be a reasonable intermediate parallel skier.
The CSIA L2 course is 5 days, and requires CSIA L1. Skiing expectations are a lot higher than L1. Not necessarily high performance, but a good range and good demonstrations are expected.
Don't forget there's the teaching part of the course as well, so going into the CSIA L2 with only L1 and no teaching experience isn't the best idea.
Iv just got back from an 11 week instructor course, 95%ish of the people that sat level 2 passed. The level of skiing required is not high you just have to demonstrate it well in the CSIA way. If you sit the 11 weeks you should pass no problem, the main thing is to listen to what the instructor is saying and do it. The teaching really isnt that hard either as long as you dont do anything stupid and you learn enough through the course. I would agree though sit the Level 1 course by yourself and then get a shorter level 2 course as the level 1 is really simple and youll know enough from the 1 to set you going for the two. But either way youll enjoy the experience. Good Luck.