Want to know how to become a qualified ski instructor in Canada? Canada is the holy grail for many ski instructors. Find out how to become a certified ski coach in Canada by reading our 10 Step guide here.

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June 27, 2024

How To Become A Certified Ski Instructor In Canada?

Canada is the holy grail for many ski instructors

Imagine waking up in the Canadian Rockies each day, clicking your skis up  and heading out to work with some of the friendliest people on the planet. During your lunch break, you could hit the park or bound through chest-deep powder in legendary terrain. Canada is the holy grail for many ski instructors.

If you are considering a career as a ski instructor, you need to have a passion for the sport, patience, desire to learn, with potential to develop into a top skier. It’s a hard industry to break into, but the easiest route is via an instructor training course.

Why become a ski instructor in Canada?

With its alluring mountains, abundant national parks, year-round adventure activities, and reputation for having the friendliest people on the planet, what’s not to love? If you aren’t convinced, the Canadian national dish consists of chips, cheese and gravy… Easily the best après ski meal around! When planning a ski season gap year, Canada more often than not gets a mention. It has long been one of the world’s best ski destinations with famous resorts like Lake Louise, Revelstoke, and SilverStar to name just a few….

The draw of big mountains and lively ski towns make Canada a hotspot for skiers around the world. There's enough après to keep you going from the moment the lifts shut at 4pm till your body stops moving at 3 am. It's the kind of place that will keep you up all night, but still get you out of bed early in the morning. It's easy to see why so many EA Ski and Snowboard interns choose Canada to become a ski instructors.

With endless tree runs, steep lines, and terrain parks that cater from beginner to the pros the Canadian mountains offer a variety for skiers that’s hard to beat. Home to some of the largest ski resorts and snow schools in the world, whether you want to work on the mountain or in town, there are heaps of opportunities. Once you have your Canadian working holiday visa there is so much to explore and fall in love with. Including bears, wolves and enough adventure activities to keep you entertained all year long.

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Instructor Story: Izzy and Liv

Izzy and Liv decided to join our ski & snowboard instructor courses in Canada. They trained, learnt, got qualified then were able to teach and coach others on the slopes.

They were looking to: 

▶ Improving their skiing & snowboarding ability

▶ Get a taste of the world-famous Canadian powder 

▶ Experience a new culture 

We caught up with them to find out how the ski & snowboard instructor courses went and to see what it's like working as a ski & snowboard instructor in Canada. Read their story HERE

The 10 Step Guide To Becoming A Qualified Ski Instructor Starts Here!

Becoming a ski instructor in Canada can be an exciting adventure, whether you're taking a winter gap year, seeking a career change, or fulfilling a lifelong dream in hunt for perfect powder. Here are the ten steps to get you started:

Step 1. Is The Ski Instructor Lifestyle Right For Me?

Many people think becoming a ski instructor is their dream job. To carve it into a career path and make it to the top takes commitment, hard-work and tenacity, but the extraordinary lifestyle attached is incredible. It consists of exploring the world, living in the mountains, high job satisfaction and amazing après.

If you are considering a career as a ski instructor, you need to have a passion for the sport, patience, desire to learn, with potential to develop into a top skier. It’s a hard industry to break into, but the easiest route is via an instructor training course. You don’t need to be an amazing skier, but it is recommended to have some experience on the mountain.

When starting out as a ski instructor, you will be at the bottom and have to work your way up the pecking order. As a new instructor, you will be teaching a-lot on the magic carpet. While this may not be your end goal, it is extremely rewarding seeing the progression. As you do a few winter seasons, and progress through the instructor ranks, more opportunities arise. If you fully put your eggs in the basket, in the long term you may become a trainer for future instructors, manage a ski school, go down the adaptive instructing route, or become a guide. There’s many epic avenues this career can lead you!

For An Insight Into The Ski Instructor Lifestyle, Read Harry's Story HERE

Becoming a ski instructor in Canada can be an exciting adventure, whether you're taking a winter gap year, seeking a career change, or fulfilling a lifelong dream in hunt for perfect powder.

Step 2. Have A Goal To Guide Your Journey In The Snow Sports Industry

It is important to have aspirations and goals for a career in the snow-sports industry. An end goal to work towards, to help you progress, improve and become a better instructor. Some decisions such as which instructor course to train with, may be influenced by where you want to work as an instructor. You need to choose a qualification that won’t limit your opportunities. A qualification from an internationally recognised instructor system, allows you to work throughout the world.

In the video below our training consultant Kang discusses the internationally recognised qualification we offer at EA Ski and Snowboard. We offer level 1 and level 2 qualifications, which is recognised by most of the ski schools throughout the globe. You can then chase snow, explore, and travel around working as an instructor!

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/ki8nHZKDztw

Step 3. Pick A Internationally Recognized Ski Instructor Qualification

In the world of snow-sports instruction, qualifications are the foundation and a prerequisite to launching a career in the mountains.

You need to get an international recognised qualification if you want to use skiing as your ticket to travel the globe. All of the qualification systems below are issued by a national governing body and are overseen by the ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association). The ISIA is the world body for professional ski and snowboard instructors. All these systems are highly regarded and popular systems around the world. 

Step 4. Pick A Qualification Level

For ski instructors, there are 4 levels of certification. The lowest level is Level 1, and the highest level is the Level 4 certification. Knowing what level you would ultimately like to achieve can help you plan out your career accordingly.

There are minor differences between each qualification, but they are similar. For aspiring instructors, the most popular qualification systems are NZSIA, CSIA, and BASI. These are very well recognised across the world and offer an achievable pathway to get started in the industry. All have very high standards for the final level, but allow you to begin working while training for these higher levels.

The qualification systems consist of three or four levels of certification, are internationally recognised offering employment prospects across the globe.

Step 5. Pick A Ski Instructor Course 

To kickstart your career as a ski instructor, it is required to choose a ski instructor course. The course will help give you the fundamental ingredients to start your journey as a skiinstructor. You will be trained on different criteria to pass the exam, have practical teaching experience, make industry connections, and have valuable career advice. 

These are courses run by companies like EA Ski and Snowboard Training. We offer the following courses below:

Ski Instructor Training Course:

We offer instructor training courses from 4 - 11 weeks long. The Ski instructor course has been specifically designed to improve individual ski ability and provide program participants with world-class instructor qualifications. This is the perfect way to get a head start in the industry without committing to work.

Ski Instructor Internship Course:

This allows you to get qualification, train, and guaranteed job offer at a ski school all in one season. Although a ski training course gives you the qualifications you need to teach, a ski instructor internship will provide you with a guaranteed job offer so you can train and work in the same season. Step straight into a ski school and start earning money working as a ski instructor. This is our most popular course due to the guaranteed job offer.

Step 6. Complete The Ski Instructor Training Course 

Once you're up in the mountains, the real adventure begins. Your primary goal here is to solidify your qualifications, so it's crucial to stay focused during your training as you refine your technique and master the art of teaching others. But don't worry, it's not all work and no play; there will be plenty of opportunities for shredding, exploring the mountains, and enjoying some epic après-ski.

By the end of your course, you should emerge as a certified ski instructor with internationally recognised qualifications. It's important to seize any opportunity to gain hands-on experience by shadowing real lessons and getting involved in instructing whenever possible. This practical experience will not only bolster your skills but also make you a more attractive candidate to potential employers.

Step 7. Get A Job At A Ski School 

After landing your qualification, it is time to apply for an instructor job. With EA Ski and Snowboard Training we guarantee a job offer. This is typically hard as most people become a qualified ski instructor and then struggle to find a job as most ski schools require practical experience. EA Ski and Snowboard eliminates this issue, as we have world class training and a reputable course that has relationships with ski schools to slot into a job and hit the ground running.

At EA Ski and Snowboard Training, our extensive network of ski school connections can be a valuable resource for you to tap into. Additionally, our trainers we offer will serve as excellent mentors.

At EA Ski and Snowboard Training, our extensive network of ski school connections can be a valuable resource for you to tap into. Additionally, our trainers we offer will serve as excellent mentors.

Step 8. Get A Working Holiday Visa For Canada

You will have to rely on a working holiday visa to become a ski instructor overseas. As you work up the levels and become more experienced, you may be able to look to sponsorship. But to start off, you’ve only got the one option of a working holiday visa. 

You can’t just become a ski instructor and start making money there—you’ve got to get some sort of visa for that. The whole visa process can get confusing, and our training consultants help guide you through the entire process, as well as secure you a guaranteed ski resort job with staff accommodation before you arrive in Canada

To learn more about our training consultants, find out more HERE

Step 9. Soak Up The Epic Lifestyle Of Being A Ski Instructor.

Life as a ski instructor is extraordinary. Get paid to teach your passion, work with like-minded people, and live an adventurous and exciting lifestyle!

Continuing professional development is indeed crucial for those aspiring to build a long-term career as a ski instructor. Progressing through certification levels and gaining experience over multiple seasons are key steps in this journey.

Step 10. Career Development As A Ski Instructor

Continuing professional development is indeed crucial for those aspiring to build a long-term career as a ski instructor. Progressing through certification levels and gaining experience over multiple seasons are key steps in this journey.

Typically, individuals spend 2-3 seasons at the level 2 instructor stage before having a crack at their level 3 certification. To ensure success in this career path, aspiring instructors should focus on gaining experience, pursuing higher levels of certification, and continuously honing their skills through professional development opportunities. By doing so, they can establish themselves as knowledgeable and skilled professionals in the field of instruction.

Why EA Ski and Snowboard Training For Ski Instructor Training?

EA Ski and Snowboard Training is the world's largest and most reputable ski and snowboard instructor communities. Besides being one of the worlds largest ski instructor communities, the unique opportunity to offer a job placement. This means that, as long as you pass the exam, we can guarantee a job offer at a ski school.

‍“So become a ski or snowboard instructor with us!  Get training + qualifications + job offer – all in one season with EA”

EA Ski & Snowboard Training offers ski courses at ten world-class ski resorts across Canada - Big White, Castle, Cypress, Grouse Mountain, Lake Louise, Nakiska, Mt Norquay, Mt Washington, Revelstoke and SilverStar.

Whether you're planning a winter gap year or serious about an instructor career, Canada is the perfect destination.

The video shows the benefits of doing a ski or snowboard instructor internship program or training course with EA Ski and Snowboard Training.

How To Make It All Happen?

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Canada is the holy grail for many ski instructors. Find out how to become a ski instructor in Canada by reading this 10 Step guide.
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