FAQs & Answers

General (21)

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 (a 1-day event or the equivalent) every season or 12 credits (a 2-day event or the equivalent) 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 would like more information on Online e-learning courses available from the PSIA-AASI Eastern Division, click here.

  • E-learning courses may not be used for continuing education credit more than every four seasons.
  • E-learning courses may not be used for continuing education credit more than once for each course.
  • E-learning courses are available to complete at any time, at your convenience.

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 Active Duty Military members?

Active Duty Military Service Waiver

Members, who are unable to teach snowsports due to a temporary active-duty assignment for the Armed Forces of the United States, may petition their regional office for a waiver of their membership dues and/or education requirements.

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What are the changes to the Inactive policy?

Inactive Policy

Our board of directors has agreed to the language of the national policies and processes across all of the divisions, the revised Inactive/CEU Management Policy can be referenced here.

Categories of Membership

 

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How do I order educational materials and books?

You can obtain certification pins and educational materials through the PSIA-AASI National office Education Materials, Catalog & Pro Offers

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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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When is the course/event schedule posted for the season?

We publish the fall course schedule and early-season event dates in the Summer Snow Pro. The full season event schedule is published in the Early Fall & Fall Snow Pro and is usually posted on our website by the first week of September. You can click here for the EVENT SCHEDULE page.

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How do I register for an event?

Online registration is available for all events! You can click here to go to the EVENTS SCHEDULE page, which has links to register online.

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How is the application process for the Snow Pro Jam event different?

Because of its popularity and limited size, Alpine Snow Pro Jam & Master’s Academy registration is done differently from other events on our schedule. Click on this link for complete details on how and when to register.

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How do I know if my event registration was completed?

Automated e-mail confirmations go out to all who register for an event. If you cannot find your confirmation, you are welcome to give us a call in the office to confirm that your registration has been processed completely. Thanks for your understanding and assistance.

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Membership (17)

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 (a 1-day event or the equivalent) every season or 12 credits (a 2-day event or the equivalent) 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 would like more information on Online e-learning courses available from the PSIA-AASI Eastern Division, click here.

  • E-learning courses may not be used for continuing education credit more than every four seasons.
  • E-learning courses may not be used for continuing education credit more than once for each course.
  • E-learning courses are available to complete at any time, at your convenience.

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

Tags:
requirements for re-certification
recertification
updates

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What is the policy for Active Duty Military members?

Active Duty Military Service Waiver

Members, who are unable to teach snowsports due to a temporary active-duty assignment for the Armed Forces of the United States, may petition their regional office for a waiver of their membership dues and/or education requirements.

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What is the reciprocity offered for USSA Members?

If you are a US Ski and Snowboard (USSS) member with your USSS certification (Level 100 or higher) who joins PSIA-AASI you can opt out of the PSIA-AASI level I certification assessment.

Your member card will not show your USSS certification, but having your USSS certification allows you to bypass the level I assessment to participate in the level II assessment of the discipline in which you hold your USSS certification. Once you pass your PSIA-AASI certification assessment, your member card will show your certification.

Example: You are a USSS Level 100 alpine skier who joins PSIA-AASI. Your member card will read Registered Member. You do not need to take the Alpine Level I assessment to participate in the Alpine Level II assessment. Once you pass your Level II your membership card will read Certified 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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What are the changes to the Inactive policy?

Inactive Policy

Our board of directors has agreed to the language of the national policies and processes across all of the divisions, the revised Inactive/CEU Management Policy can be referenced here.

Categories of Membership

 

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What is the age at which an instructor can become a member?

You can become a Registered Member of PSIA-AASI Eastern Division when you are 15 years old or older.
You can become a Certified Member of PSIA-AASI Eastern Division when you are 16 years old or older.
Click here to find out how to join.

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How much are dues for the season?

Membership renewal statements are mailed annually in May, and must be renewed by June 30th to avoid a late fee. The rate will vary based on your membership type. If you become a Registered or Certified member, you pay both divisional and national dues in order to participate in all of the programs and benefits of both organizations.

For the 2022-23 season; $69 of your certified or registered membership goes to the National PSIA-AASI organization, while $72 goes to support our Eastern office and programs.
For the 2022-23 season; $30 of your alumni membership goes to the National PSIA-AASI organization, while $50 goes to support our Eastern office and programs.

  • Registered (15+) – $141
  • Certified (16+) – $141
  • Alumni – $80

You may also now pay your dues by opting in to our new convenient quarterly auto-pay program that will automatically charge $35.25 to your credit card or debit from your checking account via a PayPal account.

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How does the quarterly auto-pay dues program work and how do I sign up?

It’s very simple. Just sign up once and forget about it. Your dues will be split into four smaller payments of $35.25 each (for Registered or Certified members in Active or Inactive status in the 2021-22 season) and charged to your account on June 29, September 29, December 30 and March 30 during the 2021-22 membership year.

Here’s the details:

  • By opting into this program you are agreeing to smaller payments for an entire season of membership.
  • Membership dues are split into four smaller payments. There are NO service or admin charges.
  • Any additional fees and/or donations are charged in the first payment of the season only.
  • Draw dates are June 29, September 29, December 30 and March 30.
  • If you join or renew after the first draw date, you’ll pay the missed payments up front.
  • Credit card information will be kept securely or you can opt to set up a PayPal and debit from your checking account.
  • Membership will continue to renew automatically each year until you provide notice to terminate automatic charges/withdrawals.



Click here to renew and sign up!

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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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How do I transfer from the Eastern Division to another division?

PSIA-AASI Transfer Policy

A PSIA-AASI member is allowed to transfer their primary membership to any of the 8 divisions across the country. In order to do this the member will contact the division they wish to transfer to and adhere to the below fee if applicable.

• A $25.00 transfer fee will be required by division in which the member is transferring into for mid-season transfers. Transfer fees will not be required if done at yearly dues billing.

Please contact the division you wish to transfer to in order to complete your transfer. Contact information for the PSIA-AASI divisional offices is listed on the national Member Services site.

If you are planning to relocate, you can transfer your membership to another division or you can maintain a dual-membership and continue to be an Eastern member as well. By retaining your Eastern membership, you will continue to receive our Snow Pro divisional newsletter and keep up-to-date on events and happenings here. Please keep in mind if you want to transfer and not remain a dual member, it is best to transfer in the spring when you receive your membership renewal (before June 30th) to avoid paying extra fees. If you transfer mid-season, you will have to pay $25 to the new division, as well as what you have already paid to the Eastern Division, for the current season. You would not be required to pay additional national dues. Only members in good standing are eligible to transfer.

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Education (19)

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 (a 1-day event or the equivalent) every season or 12 credits (a 2-day event or the equivalent) 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 would like more information on Online e-learning courses available from the PSIA-AASI Eastern Division, click here.

  • E-learning courses may not be used for continuing education credit more than every four seasons.
  • E-learning courses may not be used for continuing education credit more than once for each course.
  • E-learning courses are available to complete at any time, at your convenience.

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

Tags:
requirements for re-certification
recertification
updates

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What is the reciprocity offered for USSA Members?

If you are a US Ski and Snowboard (USSS) member with your USSS certification (Level 100 or higher) who joins PSIA-AASI you can opt out of the PSIA-AASI level I certification assessment.

Your member card will not show your USSS certification, but having your USSS certification allows you to bypass the level I assessment to participate in the level II assessment of the discipline in which you hold your USSS certification. Once you pass your PSIA-AASI certification assessment, your member card will show your certification.

Example: You are a USSS Level 100 alpine skier who joins PSIA-AASI. Your member card will read Registered Member. You do not need to take the Alpine Level I assessment to participate in the Alpine Level II assessment. Once you pass your Level II your membership card will read Certified 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 educational 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 CEUs every membership year (July 1 – June 30.) Click here for more information on maintaining Certified membership.

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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, but the entire exam must be passed in ONE division. You must follow the hosting division’s requirements and prerequisites. If there are prerequisites that are courses specific to the division that is hosting the exam, then that prerequisite must be taken in the hosting division. National accreditations like the CS1 or CS2 are recognized across all divisions. If the member attains a new certification level, the hosting division will issue the appropriate pin and certificate to the member, and award any earned CEUs for the event.

There is also the option to take a non-exam event in another division.

You may follow up to see your event attendance posted on your record, by clicking on the My Education History tab, in your member portal.

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

Yes, you can attend events in other divisions. If the other division offers continuing education credits (CEUs) for an event, then any CEUs you earn for attending the event will count toward your continuing education requirement.

There are specific requirements if you plan to take an exam in another division.

The hosting division will award earned CEUs after the event, so that you are given credit for attendance.

You may follow up to see your event attendance posted on your record, by clicking on the My Education History tab, in your member portal.

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

The OUTSIDE CREDIT POLICY allows members to count certain non PSIA-AASI functions for educational credit, contingent upon our approval, with a fee fee. The purpose of this policy is to allow members who wish to broaden their base of experience to do so, while at the same time meet their continuing education requirements.

Click here for more information, including the form.

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How do I order educational materials and books?

You can obtain certification pins and educational materials through the PSIA-AASI National office Education Materials, Catalog & Pro Offers

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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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Events (19)

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 (a 1-day event or the equivalent) every season or 12 credits (a 2-day event or the equivalent) 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 would like more information on Online e-learning courses available from the PSIA-AASI Eastern Division, click here.

  • E-learning courses may not be used for continuing education credit more than every four seasons.
  • E-learning courses may not be used for continuing education credit more than once for each course.
  • E-learning courses are available to complete at any time, at your convenience.

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

Tags:
requirements for re-certification
recertification
updates

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

Yes, any educational 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 CEUs every membership year (July 1 – June 30.) Click here for more information on maintaining Certified membership.

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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, but the entire exam must be passed in ONE division. You must follow the hosting division’s requirements and prerequisites. If there are prerequisites that are courses specific to the division that is hosting the exam, then that prerequisite must be taken in the hosting division. National accreditations like the CS1 or CS2 are recognized across all divisions. If the member attains a new certification level, the hosting division will issue the appropriate pin and certificate to the member, and award any earned CEUs for the event.

There is also the option to take a non-exam event in another division.

You may follow up to see your event attendance posted on your record, by clicking on the My Education History tab, in your member portal.

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

Yes, you can attend events in other divisions. If the other division offers continuing education credits (CEUs) for an event, then any CEUs you earn for attending the event will count toward your continuing education requirement.

There are specific requirements if you plan to take an exam in another division.

The hosting division will award earned CEUs after the event, so that you are given credit for attendance.

You may follow up to see your event attendance posted on your record, by clicking on the My Education History tab, in your member portal.

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

The OUTSIDE CREDIT POLICY allows members to count certain non PSIA-AASI functions for educational credit, contingent upon our approval, with a fee fee. The purpose of this policy is to allow members who wish to broaden their base of experience to do so, while at the same time meet their continuing education requirements.

Click here for more information, including the form.

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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.

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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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