FAQs & Answers

Education

What is a member required to do to maintain certification?

To maintain their PSIA-AASI certification, an Eastern member must renew their membership every season and obtain continuing educational clinic credits (CEUs) as outlined below to keep their certifications in good standing:

Active Certified Members:

CEU Management Policy
A certified member needs to obtain a minimum of 6 CEUs every membership year (July 1 – June 30.) Any CEU hours greater than 6 obtained in a membership year will be applied towards the CEU requirement for the following membership year only.

All Certified members regardless of age will be due for 6 credits every season or 12 credits every other season.


What if my schedule did not permit and I was unable to participate in my update in the season I was due?


If you fail to maintain these requirements and wish to reinstate at a later date, you would need to go through the reinstatement process.

Revised April, 2019

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What is the policy for taking exams in another division?

Eastern Division members may take an exam in another division if they request permission from the Director of Education & Programs in the Eastern Division at least 3 weeks prior to the exam date.

If the request is approved, the Eastern Division will e-mail approval to the exam hosting division. It is not necessary for a Eastern Division member to transfer to or maintain dual-membership with the division hosting the exam.

Division exam formats may vary. You need to meet all the requirements and prerequisites of the other Division and pass all the components of their exam. Partial passes in separate Divisions do not count for full certification. No part of an exam may be counted toward the exam process in Eastern Division or any other division should you return or relocate.

If the candidate attains a new certification level, the hosting division will issue the appropriate pin and certificate to the member.

If you would like more information, please call the office at (518) 452-6095, or e-mail for more details.

Revised April, 2019

 

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What is the reciprocity offered for USSA Members?

All USSA Coaches Level 100 or higher may join PSIA Eastern Division as Alpine Level I Certified Members. In addition, USSA Coaches can attempt any certification exam up to their current level. For example, a Level 300 USSA Coach may attempt the Alpine Level II Exam or the Alpine Level III Exam. Any skiing performance area or teaching module which they have successfully attained, may be banked for life, based on continuous membership. USSA Coaches would be required to fulfill all required prerequisites prior to an exam attempt. If unsuccessful at the exam attempt, the USSA Coach would remain a PSIA Level I Member.

If you have any questions regarding this reciprocity or event requirements, please feel free to call or e-mail the office.

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Will any event fulfill the continuing educational credit requirements? Even in another discipline?

Yes, any two day (minimum) clinic will fulfill the continuing education credit (CEU) requirement, even a cross-over into another discipline. Actually, that’s a fun way to try something new and get your credits in as well! A Certified member needs to obtain a minimum of 6 CEU’s every membership year (July 1 – June 30.) Any CEU hours greater than 6 obtained in a membership year will be applied towards the CEU requirement for the following membership year only.

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What if my schedule did not permit, and I was unable to participate in an educational event in the season I was “due?”

As an active member, you will have an educational delinquency fee ($50 for the first season overdue, or $75 for the second season overdue) billed on your next membership renewal if you do not obtain your continuing education credit in the season you are due. This is an automatic waiver built into your active membership, and an educational waiver can be used for a maximum of two seasons.

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What if I had a medical reason as to why I was unable to participate in an educational event in the season I was “due?”

As an active Certified member, if you do not obtain your continuing education credit in the season you are due, you will have an educational delinquency fee ($50 for the first season overdue, or $75 for the second season overdue) billed on your next membership renewal. If you are not able to physically attend an event for a medical reason in the season that you are due, please submit a request for a medical waiver by having your doctor write a note stating that you are unable to fulfill your on-snow requirements in this season and why, and send that to us via fax at (518) 452-6099, or mail/e-mail (psia-e@psia-e.org). We will then grant you a medical waiver for that season, and you would not be charged the delinquency fee on the next membership renewal. You would then be required to take your event the following season to maintain your active membership status.

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Can I take an exam in another PSIA/AASI division?

Eastern members may take an exam in another division if they are working and residing in that division. PSIA-E/AASI members must provide written confirmation of employment and permission to take the exam from the Ski School Director for whom they are currently employed. This documentation and a letter of request must be provided to the PSIA-E/AASI office prior to registering or taking an exam, and at least 3 weeks prior. If the request is approved, the Eastern Division will then provide written approval to the exam hosting division. It is not necessary for a PSIA-E/AASI member to transfer to or maintain dual-membership with the division hosting the exam.

The entire exam (all parts, including any prerequisites required in that division) must be passed in ONE division. No part of any exam may be counted toward the exam process in PSIA-E/AASI or vice versa should you return or relocate.

Exam results are passed on to the PSIA-E/AASI division office from the testing division as soon as possible (generally within a few weeks). After receipt of the results, the Eastern office will record the pass/fail results as well as the new level, if appropriate. If the candidate has attained a new certification level, the hosting division will issue the appropriate pin and certificate to the member.

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Can I attend non-exam events in another PSIA/AASI division?

Yes, you can attend educational events in other divisions. Educational events held by another division will count toward your continuing education requirement. Please make sure you are doing enough days/hours to fulfill you requirement.

There are specific requirements to request to take an exam in another division.

Please ask the other division to send us official notification after the event, so that you are given credit for attendance. To be sure, you may follow up at the end of the season with the Eastern office to confirm that we have your event attendance posted as educational credit on your record.

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Can I attend non-PSIA/AASI clinics for credit?

In order to get credit for a non-PSIA/AASI event, we require a written request for approval of the event in advance. The request must provide us with details of what the event will entail and its duration. Eastern members may only attend one non-PSIA clinic for credit every 4 years.

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How do I order educational materials and books?

You can obtain certification pins and educational materials through the PSIA-AASI Eastern office in Albany, NY. We ask you to fax or mail us an order form with your credit card payment information.

Educational materials are also available through the Accessories Catalog from the national PSIA-AASI office.

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Where can I access the exam guides?

Click for the Alpine Education section.

Click for the AASI/Snowboard Education section.

Click for the Adaptive Education section.

Click for the Nordic Education section.

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How long must I wait before attempting my Level II certification?

The Alpine discipline no longer has a requirement that you be in your 2nd season of membership to begin the Level II Exam process, or in your 3rd season to attend a Level II Teaching Exam.

Please keep in mind that a prerequisite is valid for the season you take it and the following season.

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What are the prerequisites for Level II or III exams?

Each discipline has different requirements:

Click on this link for Alpine prerequisites.

Click on this link for AASI prerequisites.

Click on this link for Nordic prerequisites.

Currently, there are no prerequisite requirements for Adaptive exams.

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How long is a prerequisite good for?

A prerequisite is good for the season it is taken, and the following two seasons, with the exception of Nordic.

For Nordic disciplines, a prerequisite course must be taken in the same season that you are taking your Level II or III Exam.

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What is the cross-over policy between disciplines?

• Any member seeking to enter the Adaptive certification track must begin with the Adaptive Level I exam.

• Any Level I member qualifies to challenge any certified Level II Exam (except Adaptive), as long as all prerequisite requirements are met.

• Any Level II member qualifies to challenge any certified Level III Exam (except Adaptive), as long as all prerequisite requirements are met.

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If I am certified in more then one discipline, what are my credit requirements?

We do not require, but suggest that you if you are teaching in more than one discipline that you alternate between your disciplines each time you are due. Alternating in this way will keep you up-to-date in both/all of your disciplines, which is to your advantage.

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Do the indoor educational courses satisfy the continuing education requirement?

Yes. A Certified member needs to obtain a minimum of 6 CEU’s every membership year (July 1 – June 30.) Any CEU hours greater than 6 obtained in a membership year will be applied towards the CEU requirement for the following membership year only. Each indoor course is 6 CEUs, therefore attending two days of indoor courses would satisfy your continuing education requirement.

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What is the Reinstatement Process?

The reinstatement process was set up to provide former members a path to return to active membership without loss of their prior certification level. If you were a member of PSIA-AASI in the past, and are interested in reinstating with us, please fill out the Reinstatement Request Form or fax or e-mail that information to the PSIA-AASI Eastern Division office.

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I just passed an exam, but I don’t see my new certification on my record. Why is that?

We process exam events back into the database ASAP when we have received all of the information from the event back in the office. Sometimes that can take time to get the paperwork. Your record should reflect your new status once we process the paperwork back into the system. If you still do not see your new certification within a reasonable time (a few weeks), or if there is some urgency to access a program and this delay is causing difficulty, please call us in the PSIA-AASI Eastern office and we will try to assist.

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