After a number of years of being a part time instructor and a member of PSIA, I've decided not to renew my membership. I have taken their online exit survey, but the questions were for the most part trivial. This post will hopefully have more impact with an organization who I believe lost their focus.
1. Dues and fees have become unmanagable. Over a five year period, maintaining a level 1 membership costs over $750.00. This includes initial grading, dues, and 2 mandatory classes. It does not include any manual, guide, DVD, or handbook. Any other available resources, including an online "movement matrix".program, cost extra.
2. Any clout that this organization has is lost at the resort's schools. I get an extra 50 cents an hour for passing the initial test, which really can be accomplished by any high intermediate.
3. PSIA is unknown to the general public. No one asks for a certified instructor. If your car needs fixing, an ASE certified mechanic or a is a good option. But except for a tiny, nearly unreadable pin on your jacket, the public would never differenciate the resort's certified instructors from the uncertified ones.
I know PSIA has discounts on equipment and sometimes (only sometimes) resorts will discount a lift ticket, but I can get those by being a resort employee or by being a smart shopper. And yes, I get a quarterly magazines published by PSIA, but amazingly, there is nothing specifically technical in regards to instruction, just basic generalities. You can be a better skier by going to snow jams and the like, but for me, the cost exceeds the benefits. I realize I may get some pushback posting this on this forum, but perhaps I'm missing something and can benefit from the input. But I really hope PSIA will benefit from mine.