Welcome to PSIA-Rocky Mountain-AASI! Most instructors are interested in joining PSIA-Rocky Mountain-AASI because they are seeking certification. They have approached a Snowsports school and found that the school pays more for certified instructors than for non-certified instructors.
Certification is about more than earning more money! It is a confirmation of ability and an opportunity to improve knowledge necessary to share your passion for Snowsports with your guests. The certification pathway involves studying and understanding educational materials that have been developed by industry professionals. These materials reflect an agreed-upon belief system of what constitutes good skiing and riding skills and good teaching techniques. They are not the only ways to teach and to ski or ride but they represent systems and mechanics that are well proven to be fundamental and effective. It is our hope that in pursuing PSIA/AASI certification, you will enhance and add to the effective knowledge, skills and strengths you already possess, as opposed to replacing one belief system with another.
Annual member dues are $119 and the dues cycle is July 1 – June 30 each year. Certified members are required to maintain educational credits to keep the certification current. Active members are due for 12 credits or 2 days of clinics every other season. The Certification Update course is required at least once every 4 seasons as part of the educational requirement for Alpine and Snowboard levels 2 and 3, unless the member is proceeding to further certification in primary or other disciplines. Inactive members are due for 12 credits or 2 days of clinics every 4 seasons.
Pursuing PSIA/AASI certification requires work on your part, but the effort is well worth the journey because you will become an even better skier or rider and educator than you already are, and have a lot of fun along the way. So what are you waiting for? Choose ‘New Member Application’ from the menu on the right and get started!
Over $20,000 in scholarships are granted to members annually to support your continuing education and certification. You can view them at the ‘Scholarships’ link from the menu on the right.
After you become a member you can attend educational clinics or start into the certification pathway. To view the certification pathway and reference materials for each discipline, click the links below:
The reference materials page at the discipline links above will have the outline, standards, scorecards and other pertinent information to download. Once you have decided you want to join and pursue certification, you can find a list of all clinics, including Level 1 certification, from the following link. Use the ‘Event Type’ filter to search the type of Level 1 in which you are interested and click apply. You will see a list of that type of course for the entire season.