The NZSIA Level 1 qualification is an entry-level qualification during which the candidate is assessed on their teaching ability and their technical skiing.
From a teaching perspective, the candidate is assessed on their ability to teach both adults and children from first time skier to advanced snowplough turns – this includes demonstrations, skier analysis, teaching methodology, class handling and safety for this level of skier. The candidate’s teaching is assessed by way of a 30-minute simulated lesson during which they present a segment of the progression from beginner to advanced snowplough turns to other members of the exam group.
From a technical perspective, candidates are expected to demonstrate advanced parallel turns using a pole touch. Candidates should be comfortable on all on-piste terrain and easier off-piste terrain. A candidate’s technical skiing is continually assessed throughout the exam.