Canadian Ski Instructor Qualifications
If you already have your ski instructor qualifications and past experience – congrats! You can skip this section and head to the next.
To be a ski instructor in Canada you are required to have Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance (CSIA) experience. Consequently, if you do not have any experience as a ski instructor, you will need to take a ski instructor course. The same applies for snowboarding – you will need to get your snowboard instructor qualifications through a snowboard instructor course.
Ski Instructor Internship in Canada
The exact ski instructor certification will vary according to each country. However, for Canada, you will need to pass your CSIA Level 1 exam. Many working holiday travellers choose to do this via a ski instructor internship. These are fast-track intensive training courses that include your CSIA Level 1 exam and work experience, essentially killing two birds with one stone. There are certification courses in ski resorts across Canada – for a breakdown of where to take the course, skip down to the Ski Instructor Jobs in Canada section.
To take a ski instructor internship in Canada, you will need to budget between CAD$6,000 – 10,000. This will include the course, accommodation while training, a season pass and other additions, according to the program.
Ski Resort Jobs
If you’re on the fence about becoming a ski instructor, there are other ski resort jobs that don’t require qualifications. On our Ski Working Holiday Program, we guarantee you a ski resort job and staff accommodation before you arrive in Canada, so you can start earning money (and shredding the slopes) straight away.