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Why choose PSIA-E and AASI?

The Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI), under the umbrella of the American Snowsports Education Association, are recognized as the leaders in snowsports education. We exist for the purpose of educating and certifying skiing and snowboard teachers through a full schedule of educational functions. The snowsports industry is served by our promotion of skiing and snowboarding as well as safe, practical instruction to the public.

How to join the team

To become a Registered member, you must be at least 16 years old and pay such dues and meet such other requirements as the Board of Directors may from time to time establish.


To become a Registered member of PSIA-E/AASI (Eastern Division), the requirements are:
  1. Be 16 years of age or older, at time of application.
  2. Complete a new member application and pay dues to the Association.

The primary goal of PSIA-E/AASI is to provide the tools and events to allow our members to continually improve their snowsports instruction skills.

To remain a Registered member in good standing, it is your responsibility to:
  1. Pay dues on an annual basis (July 1 through June 30).
  2. Participate in an applicable event or exam the season you join or the following season, and a minimum of every 2 seasons thereafter, once you are a Certified member.

When you choose to pursue your Level I Certification in your chosen discipline, you must meet the following requirements:

For all disciplines:
  1. You must be a Registered member.
  2. You should prepare by reading the exam guide specific to your discipline as well as the Core Concepts manual. The Core Concepts manual can be purchased in the Eastern Division Pro Shop/Bookstore.
  3. You must fill out and submit an Event Application prior to the published event deadline.

Click here for a summary of what is required to maintain PSIA-AASI Certification.

To participate in Alpine Level I Certification:

* You must complete a minimum of 50 hours of combined in-house training and actual on-hill teaching, as attested to by your snowsports school director. Your initial 25 hours which were attained to become a Registered Member can be applied to this total of 50 hours.

To participate in AASI Level I Certification:

* You must complete a minimum of 50 hours of combined in-house training and actual on-hill teaching, as attested to by your snowsports school director. Your initial 25 hours which were attained to become a Registered Member can be applied to this total of 50 hours.

To participate in Nordic Level I Certification:

* This discipline does not have an event with the formal title of Level I Exam. Instead, Registered members must attend a two day event in any of the upgrade or special events categories for either Cross Country or Telemark as appropriate. You must state that it is your desire to attain your Level I when you submit your event application. During the event, there will be a conductor’s evaluation for attaining the Level I Certification.
* Also, if you do not have a snowsports school director or major organizer due to the nature of your group, you may sign your name in the snowsports school director’s section of the form.

To participate in Adaptive Level I Certification:

* You must complete a minimum of 50 hours of combined in-house training and actual on-hill teaching, as attested to by your snowsports school director. Your initial 25 hours which were attained to become a Registered Member can be applied to this total of 50 hours.

All Level I Certifications are awarded based on the participant successfully demonstrating that they meet the teaching, skiing and/or riding standards as outlined in their discipline specific exam guide.

Click here for a summary of what is required to maintain PSIA-AASI Certification.

Click here for a reference of exam guides.

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Professional Ski Instructors of America - Eastern Division - American Association of Snowboard Instructors
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