Rusty Guy, I totally agree with you regarding being able to do 2 levels in a season. I did my level 1 at the end of this season, and was surprised to be told that I would have had a good shot at passing my level 2, and if I'd actually studied and gone to tech talks etc, would have passed it (in the examiners' opinion).
However, it was a moot point as you can't sit 2 levels in one season.
This was a big disadvantage to me, as I had travelled to the US to do this job, and was being paid peanuts, living hand to mouth every week. I didn't break even on this trip, didn't earn enough to pay my airfare. I worked 7 days a week, generally.
More than that, landing a job and a visa for next season is tricky with only my level 1 (which in my opinion is too easy to get, they passed my whole class, several of whom could not do parallel turns and who certainly could not teach!).
I want to become a year-round instructor. Getting a job here in Australia won't be an issue, but when you have to scrounge an H2B visa along with the job, as I have to to work in the US, things like levels become an issue. And apparently I "am" level 2, but the rules won't let me be certified as such.
Gravity may have a contrary opinion on this!!!!!!