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Summary

Summary of PSIA/AASI-Eastern Division Exam Guide Revisions

For the 2015-2016 season, please be aware of changes to the exam guides for the following disciplines:

Level

I

II

III

Alpine Exam Guide

Alpine Study Guide

AASI/Snowboard

Adaptive Exam Guide

Adaptive Study Guide

Cross Country

Telemark

X X

This is a summary of the changes made to the exam guides for all disciplines. Please be sure to be aware of the details of these changes if appropriate to the certification level you are studying for.

Alpine

Fall 2014 – Level II Prerequisites updated, added Level I Workbook Recommendation, updated Required Reading section with new Alpine National Standards, updated National Standards, eliminated Early Admissions Program, eliminated all length of membership time requirements.

Fall 2012 – Added basic novice zone skill drills descriptions for the Level I Exam. Changed prerequisite requirements for Level II and Level III Exams. Updated National Standards as provided.

Oct 2011 – Alpine Exam Guide split into Alpine Exam Guide & Alpine Study Guide. Click here for more details.

Sept 2010 – New online exam replaces the written exam, making the Alpine Level II and Level III exam a three part process. Click here for details.
– Candidates will have two attempts at receiving a score of 70% or higher on the exam to be successful.
– Change in format for the Part 2 Teaching Exam, “Movement Assessment & Teaching Module” replaces the “Teaching Movements and Skills Module” and the “Movement Assessment Module.” This change results in exam concluding at 2:30 on day two allowing scores to be announced by 4:00pm.
– PSIA Education/Certification Standards for Alpine Level II and Alpine Level III were updated with the New National Standards.
– Alpine Level III Skiing Exam Tasks were revised.
– Alpine Level II 3-Day exam was eliminated. Format for Alpine Level III 3-Day exam was revised. For the skiing evaluation on day 1, a “skiing task station” format will be used.
– New National Children’s Specialist -1 and Children’s Specialist – 2 Standards were added. These are new National Professional Designations.
– Course Descriptions were edited, added new 1-Day Continuing Education Course descriptions, which provide the option of satisfying the continuing education credit requirement over the course of two non-consecutive days.
– Revised Master Teacher Certification requirements. The Foundations of Teaching course will now include an on-snow evaluation. It is recommended participants pursuing Master Teacher Certification attend this course after completing ten or more credits. The Master Teacher Certification will no longer be the equivalent to passing the Alpine Level 3, Part 2 exam. Members having completed 50% of their Master Teacher coursework as of October 24, 2010 are exempt.

2008 – Alpine Level I Exam format was changed, prerequisite for Level II Exam was revised, What to Look For identifiers were added to Level III Exam description, Master Teacher educational update requirements were highlighted, Noted all parts of any exam must be taken in the same division.

2007 – Alpine Part 2 exams – significant module change. The “On the Job” Module was replaced by the “Teaching Children & Youth” Module.

2006 – Changes were made as to which prerequisite courses can be taken in preparation for the Level II exam. “Level III skiing exam tasks” were added to the Level III exam description.

AASI/Snowboard

Fall 2012 – No changes made.

Oct 2011 – Level II & Level III exams are now administered online prior to registering for a Level II or Level III Certification exam. Click here for details.

Dec 2010 – Removed “Expected Proficiency” wording and percentages from Y-models. Adopted NEW AASI National Standards and incorporated into Riding Indicators section.

Sept 2009 – A document outlining the description and definition of each session as well as the requirements to “pass” each session, to continue to the next, and accomplish full accreditation is completed and available for members on the PSIA-E/AASI website.

Sept 2008 – A statement was added to further define the Riding retake time frame and requirements for AASI Level II and III. This same information was further defined in Sept 2009.

Sept 2007 – Statements were added to a few sections of the Level II and Level III AASI Study Guides to further define exam prerequisite events.

Sept 2006 – A page was added which further defines the Riding & Written Retake processes for Level II and Level III exams. A page was added which provides a list of the Riding Standards at Level II and Level III. This is to be used in addition to the Y Model previously included in the exam guide.

Adaptive

Sept 2014 – ADAPTIVE STUDY GUIDE – There is now an Adaptive Study Guide that contains disability specific information, teaching progressions and other information an adaptive instructor needs to know to be a good adaptive instructor.

FORMAT – The Adaptive Exam Guide has been completely rewritten to incorporate the new PSIA -AASI National Standards. Many of the changes are just format modifications so all information common to both ski and snowboard instructors is in the first section. The adaptive membership levels and certification standards are organized with all of the Adaptive Alpine exam information together and the all Adaptive Snowboard exam information in another section.

These structural changes make it very difficult to conduct a page by page comparison (sorry) but the intent and general requirements are similar to the old Adaptive Exam Guide. The Guide follows the structure of the National Standards of Skiing/Riding, Teaching and Professional Knowledge. If you are a trainer (preparing people for an exam) or planning to take an exam, please read the Adaptive Exam Guide closely.

NATIONAL STANDARDS – The Adaptive Exam Guide has been revised to include the criteria of the 2014 PSIA-AASI Adaptive National Standards and the Standards Exam Supplements for both alpine and snowboard. This approach results in significant changes to the exam content Therefore the structure of the guide has been changed to follow the new National Standards and Exam Supplements.

WRITTEN EXAMS – The written exams for Level I candidates is a closed book exam for both alpine and snowboard. The passing grade for all written or online examinations has been increased to 70% (was 65%).

ADAPTIVE ALPINE – Level II and III Exams – Adaptive Alpine Level II and III exams will be conducted by one examiner for each module. Previously, the candidates would have one examiner in the morning and another examiner in the afternoon. Starting with the 2014-2015 season, there will be only one examiner for each module.

ADAPTIVE ALPINE- Skiing Tasks – Some of the skiing tasks for the various certification levels have been changed. Review the task requirements for the level certification exam you are going to take. The Adaptive Alpine Standards Exam Supplement includes the Adaptive Demonstration Equivalencies for mono-ski, bi-ski, 3 track, and 4 track. The equivalencies help an instructor evaluate the skiing of the adaptive student. It also helps as the candidate prepares for the exam to ski as a 3 or 4 track student would when doing demonstrations.

RESOURCES – The Adaptive Recommended Resources in both the Adaptive Exam Guide and Adaptive Study Guide have been updated. The guides list more resources to assist the candidates’ preparation for exams.

Fall 2013 – No changes made.

Fall 2012 – No changes made.

Oct 2011 – Level II & Level III exams are now administered online prior to registering for a Level II or Level III Certification exam. Click here for details.
– Minor updates to references & terminology.

Oct 2010 – The following language was included in the Adaptive Level Exam description; “Candidates will not be expected to ski proficiently in a mono-ski.”
– The written exam will no longer be open-book. The group will complete the written exam and discuss in a roundtable format.

As of Season 08-09 and further defined for 09-10 – The following Alpine & AASI Certification Exception was approved and added to the Adaptive Exam Guide prior to the start of the 08-09 season: Alpine & AASI Certification Exception – If an exam candidate has passed the Alpine Part 1 Skiing LII or III or the AASI Level II or III then he/she does not need to take the Adaptive skiing or riding module if:
1) The candidate passes the other three adaptive modules within four seasons, AND
2) The passing score of the Alpine skiing or AASI exam was within the preceding six years of passing the final adaptive module.
The Alpine Level II Part 1 Skiing pass will apply towards the Adaptive Level II Exam.
The Alpine Level III Part 1 Skiing pass will apply towards the Adaptive Level II or III Exam.
The AASI Level II pass will apply towards the Adaptive Level II Exam.
The AASI Level III pass will apply towards the Adaptive Level III Exam.

Sept 2008 – Clarification was added under the Level II and Level III sections in regard to written retakes.

Oct 2008 – The Adaptive Study Guide was updated to include a section on the requirements and process for members to obtain Adaptive Snowboard Level II certification.

Sept 2007 – Clarification was added in regard to time frame to pass all 4 modules of LII and LIII as well as defining that members need to pass both examiners to pass each module of the Level II or Level III. Resulting that there will no longer be any partial passes of the on-snow portion of each exam module. A page was also added to define a Written Exam Retake process for Adaptive Level II and III written exams.

2006 – Changes were made to the format of the Level I, II & III exam. A page explaining the Level I Adaptive Snowboard Exam process was added.

Telemark

2015 – EXAM GUIDE CHANGES DUE TO SCORECARD CHANGES L II
Page 3
Par 3 About 30% (instead of Approximately half of your time)
Par 3 Last sentence, changed to: Remember Telemark encompasses Nordic Skiing skills so be prepared to teach and show diagonal stride, herringbone, double poling, V1 and freeskate.
Par 5 First sentence, Use the Telemark Manual and the Telemark Components….
Page 6
Par 2 Mountain Skiing instead of skiing
Par 4 Agility/Versatility instead of Versatility
Page 7
Under Movement Analysis, changed to: You will have several activities
Eliminated snapshots line completely
Third Par from the bottom: line 4, eliminated “and online written exam” and the next sentence completely
Page 10
Par 2 Eliminated this paragraph completely
Par 3 In Mountain skiing you must pass 3 out of the 3 categories and a majority in Agility/Versatility and Demonstrations by both examiners.
Par 5 The movement analysis section needs a majority of the categories passed unless both examiners score you below the standard for one category.
Par 6 Eliminated this snapshot line completely.
Page 11 Scorecard update with new changes
Page 12 last versatility task should end with “on the ground”
Page 13 Eliminate completely

EXAM GUIDE CHANGES DUE TO SCORECARD CHANGES L III
Page 3
Par 3 Last sentence, Remember Telemark encompasses Nordic Skiing, be prepared to show and teach skating and striding maneuvers to beginners and intermediates.
Par 5 Use the Telemark Manual and the Telemark Components…..
Page 6
Par 2 Skiing should be: Mountain Skiing
Page 7 Agility/Versatility instead of Versatility
Page 10
Par 2 Eliminated this paragraph completely
Par 3 In Mountain skiing you must pass 3 out of the 3 categories and a majority in Agility/Versatility and Demonstrations by both examiners.
Par 5 The movement analysis section needs a majority of the categories passed unless both examiners score you below the standard for one category.
Par 6 Eliminated this snapshot line completely.
Page 11 Add new scorecard with updates
Page 13 Eliminate completely.

2014 – The Level II/III Telemark Exam Score Cards and scoring have been changed in order to offer more feedback to the participants and to be more thorough. The Skiing portion is made up of Mountain Skiing, with three categories in it: Carving/Shape, Bumps, and Ungroomed/Trees/Backside. This is a free ski portion and you must pass all three in order to pass this category. Category two is Agility/Versatility: there will be three tasks you need to complete. There is a versatility list that you can view to prepare (include here if you want Jodi or refer them to the exam guide). You must pass two out of the three in order to pass this category. The third category is Demonstrations, where you must pass two out of the three to pass this category. The Teaching Category has five sections that you must pass all to pass that category. The next teaching category is Movement Analysis. It will consist of two activities where you will need to offer a description of the skier, cause/effect relationship and finally a prescription for them to improve in. You must pass five out of the six areas to pass this category. The last category is Snapshots. You need to pass one examiner in this category to pass.

2013 – No changes made.

2012 – References to the written exam were updated to reflect the new online written exam process for Tele Level II & III Exams. Click here for details.

2011 – All references to Nordic Downhill were changes to Telemark.

2007 – 2010 – No changes made.

2006 – The most recent PSIA Education/Certification Standards for all levels of Telemark certification were added to the Telemark exam guides.

Cross Country

Cross Country

2014 – The Cross Country Exam Guide has followed suit with Alpine prerequisites. Your prerequisite event is good for the season you take it and the following two seasons before the exam you take.

2013 – No changes made.

2012 – No changes made.

2011 – All references to Nordic Track/Skate were changed to Cross Country.

2008 – 2010 – No changes made.

2007 – The most recent PSIA Education/Certification Standards for all levels of Cross Country certification were added to the exam guide.

2006 – This was an added exam guide.

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