I did some more thinking and after giving my opinion about PSIA certs, and I decided to enter the discussion about PSIA and paying dues, etc.
PSIA, as I have always understood it, is a professional association dedicated to the development of it's members. PSIA holds all sorts of training/clinics, has a nice website, and produces all several periodicals for it's membership.
Why do people belong to professional associations? Generally it's to take advantage of the information sharing, the training and development, the conferences, and for networking purposes. Does PSIA fulfill all of that for you?
I belong to a few organizations: US Sailing, American Society of Training and Development, and the New England Human Resources Association. I do it because I want the credentials, they keep me current (knowledge, information), and for networking. None of these entities guarantee me work or specific rates.
I appreciate the concerns that people have, and being a ski instructor is definately a labor of love - because we all know it doesn't pay very well. And, a ski resport is a business. The idea is to make a profit. Two somewhat opposed perspectives.
IMHO - most resorts do have a ramped-up "reward" system - you get more pay for higher certifications and you get exponentially more pay for private and private "requests". Therefore, I maintain that the really great instructor/business person seizes the opportunity that presents itself: UPSELL... you want to make more money then you have to take charge of your revenue. Being a great instructor, having a friendly/warm personality, and explaining to people that they can "ask for you" for their next lesson are all ways to do this. And, *I think* that people tip for SERVICE - meaning you have to a little above and beyond.
I hope that I have not come across as preachy - just wanted to voice my opinon. thanks for listening! [img]tongue.gif[/img]