I think this is how it works:
The Early Admissions program is for individuals who are or have been a national team athlete, high level coach,
NCAA athlete or coach, certified pro from a foreign country, or an exceptionally strong skier and teacher with
years of experience who, for whatever reason, never joined PSIA. While there are no set parameters as to who is
eligible for application, all candidates are required to submit a portfolio documenting his/her skiing, racing,
teaching, and coaching experience. Each candidate is also asked to submit two letters of recommendation. A
candidate is invited to pass through all three levels of certification in one season, or to try as many as he or she
would like the first year and to complete the program in the second. We open this program to all exceptionally
qualified individuals who would like to apply. It is for coaches and competitors and also for area managers,
advanced children’s educators, heli guides and whom ever else has a strong teaching and skiing background.
In order to qualify for the Early Admissions Program, the candidate must submit the following to the PSIA-Eastern
office with an application:
• A $50 non-refundable fee: Required with the application to cover the added administrative expenses of
tracking Early Admissions individuals through the season and getting them into exams in a timely fashion.
• One letter of recommendation from the applicant’s Ski School Director
• One additional letter of recommendation documenting the applicant’s exceptional skiing skill, teaching
and coaching ability, and training.
• One cover letter detailing why the applicant believes he or she qualifies for the Early Admissions program
• One skiing resume
• One completed application for the candidate’s first Early Admissions event
All of the items listed above must accompany the candidate’s first application. The application and complete
portfolio must be received prior to the first event deadline. Any Early Admissions application received without a
completed portfolio will not be accepted. Upon receipt of the candidate’s portfolio and application, the member will
receive a confirmation card with an Early Admission number. This number must be present on all applications for
Early Admission events. This number will help the office to track individuals in the program.
• A member can try to go as far as he/she can (or wants to) in one year. Individuals will have to attend every
event required of any other certification candidate, including all prerequisites.
• If at any point along the way a candidate is unsuccessful at an exam, the Early Admission program ends
for that season at the last certification level they successfully attained. If the candidate successfully
attained Part 1 of an exam, (s)he also retains that part for that season and the following two (the same
policy as for all other exam candidates).
• An Early Admission candidate who had been unsuccessful at an exam the previous season may reapply
for the program the following year ($50 non-refundable application fee required again) if (s)he did not get
as far as desired the first season. After two unsuccessful exam attempts (at any level), the applicant must
enter the traditional certification pathway and their Early Admissions bid has ended.