Recognition of Prior Learning Program

The aim of the international RPL program is to provide overseas qualified instructors with recognition of their qualifications and work experience when joining the Australian training pathway.

The guidelines are designed to mirror the training and work experience that any candidate moving through our system would complete.

Meeting the international RPL pre-requisites below does not automatically allow internationally certified instructors to obtain an APSI qualification, nor is it a reflection of individual resort pay structures.

Basic Eligibility

  • The request only applies to the specific certified discipline.
  • Applicant must provide copies of international certificates and proof of work experience to the office.
  • Applicant must be employed by an approved snowsport school before participating in any courses or exams.
  • Applicant must become a financial member before participating in any courses or exams.
  • Applicant must consult with their resort's training co-ordinator who, together with the APSI, will assess the request and make the final decision on the application.
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Request to participate in our level two training program

  • Applicant must hold ONE recognised international certification.
  • Applicant must have access to and complete the required in-house training (25 hours) and teaching experience (50 hours) to be eligible for the exam.

Examples of a recognised international certification include:

  • Certification from an international four level system - level one.
  • Certification from an international three level system - level one.

Request to participate in our level three training program
 

  • Applicant must have completed a minimum of 50 hours teaching experience (completed in a season/s prior to applying for RPL)
  • Applicant must hold TWO recognised international certifications.
  • Applicant must have access to and complete the required in-house training (25 hours) and teaching experience (100 hours) to be eligible for the exam.

Examples of two recognised international certifications include:

  • Certification from an international four level system - level two.
  • Certification from an international three level system - level one plus a children's, freestyle or coach certificate.

Request to participate in our level four training program

  • Applicant must have completed a minimum of 150 hours teaching experience (completed in at least two seasons prior to applying for RPL).
  • Applicant must hold THREE recognised international certifications.
  • Applicant must have access to and complete the required in-house training (30 hours) and teaching experience (150 hours) to be eligible for the exam.
  • A candidate with proof of four recognised international certifications does not need to attend the level four race and free-  ski / ride course (but must attend the level four teach and demo course) to be eligible for the level four exam.

Examples of three recognised international certifications include:

  • Certification from an international four level system - level three.
  • Certification from an international three level system - level two plus children's, freestyle or coach certificate.

Request to participate in our trainer selection process (rookie selection)

  • Applicant must have a minimum 300 hours teaching experience (completed throughout at least three seasons prior to applying for RPL).
  • Applicant must hold FOUR recognised international certifications.
  • Applicant must have been employed by an Australian snow sports school, with access to in-house training programs for at least three years prior to applying for RPL.
  • Applicant must hold an appropriate Australian working visa.

Examples of four recognised international certifications include:

  • Certification from an international four level system - level four.
  • Certification from an international three level system - level three plus children's, freestyle or coach certificate.