There are lots of modules in the BASI Level 3 (ISIA) qualification, displayed by the diagram to the right.


200 hours teaching experience - These hours must be completed teaching. This is a change from the Level 2 qualification, where you could gain ski school experience from shadowing a ski instructor.


Alpine Level 3 ISIA Teaching Course - This is a five day assessment. Normally run from Monday to Friday.

A higher level of teaching ability is expected to be displayed than in the Level 2 exams. The lessons delivered are often beyond the central theme, beyond snowplough and basic parallel.


The course will assess the following aspects:

  • Goal setting 

  • Skier analysis for all levels of skier

  • Motivation 

  • Safety factors 

  • Communication skills 

  • Approaches to teaching 

  • Teaching styles 

  • Understanding different learner needs


Alpine Level 3 ISIA Technical Course  - This is a five day assesment. Normally run from Monday to Friday.

The course will assess the following aspects:

  • Understanding and knowledge 

  • Skier analysis and skier development 

  • Personal skiing performance 

  • Commitment and involvement 

  • Client care


Common Theory Course

Based at the home of BASI in Grantown on Spey. This course consists of in-depth lectures from highly experienced coaches, trainers and lecturers.


Off-Piste Mountain Safety

This consists of four days of training and a two day assessment. If successful you are able to lead clients in an off-piste descent within the confines of the ski area boundary.


Second Discipline

As part of the ISIA organisation you are required to be proficient in a second discipline. The options for your second discipline are:

  • Snowboard Level 1 Instructor Course

  • Telemark Level 1 Instructor Course

  • Adaptive Level 1 Instructor Course

  • Nordic Level 1 Instructor Technical Course


Second Language

This should be the language of the country in which you intend to ski. There are no exemptions unless your mother tongue is your second language.


This is conducted by phone or can be completed on one of your ski courses if your trainer is one of the language assessors. It is a 15 minute test and you should be able to cover the following topics:


  • Where you are on the mountain

  • How many people are involved

  • What you suspect the injuries are and how they were incurred

  • Give your understanding on the scale of gravity

  • You should also be able to explain how and where you would contact the emergency services in the event that mobile phone networks were not available


Alpine Coach Level 1/Freeski Level 1

After this course you should be in a position to run a programme for young atheletes.


SkivoAcademy offer BASI Level 3 training which includes many of the above modules.


What does the Level 3 allow you to do?

Successful students will be able to ski to a high level, and have the knowledge, ability and understanding to safely teach alpine skiing up to and including advanced skiers. Individuals who do not reach the required level may be required to resit all or part of the course. Once the BASI Level 3 is complete you will be able to work as a more senior instructor and you can teach anywhere in the world. It's worth noting that some places require top-up qualifications, such as the Test Technique, or some other countries may limit the time you can teach for per season, like Italy.


Post-Level 3

You will be able head to Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland or do some teaching and come back to Courchevel for the rest of the season and start working towards your Level 4. A lot of people start training for their Euro Test as soon as possible - we strongly advise this!


After the winter season, many of our students head down to the Southern Hemisphere to teach in places such as Mt. Hotham, Mt Baw Baw, Perisher, Cadrona, and Rainbow. Here they accumulate teaching hours as well as hopefully saving some money. We then have a Level 3 programme that allows you to teach, earn and train in the same season; however, this isn't the only option. Our trainees have headed all over the world in the past, ending up in Japan, America, Canada, Austria, and Switzerland. Some have gone on to complete the Test Technique and work in France as a stagiere.

Reserve your place or Contact us

If you would like to book your place on, or have any questions about, any of our courses, please contact us via email or telephone and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.

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