How to become a snowboard instructor

Our level one qualification will build your skills and prepare you for employment, or at very least give you a taste of the instructor life while working on your riding!

In Australia, there are two pathways to becoming a snowsports instructor.

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Pathway 1:

Attend one of our level one courses to gain your level one qualification.

Once certified, you can apply directly to Australian or overseas resorts and begin working as a snowsport instructor!

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Pathway 2:

Apply to an Australian resort as an uncertified instructor. Each season, Australian resorts hire a limited number of uncertified alpine and snowboard instructors.

If you are uncertified and receive an offer of employment you must complete our level one exam before you can begin work.

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Snowboard level one course

The snowboard level one qualification is the entry point to the Australian instructor training pathway.

No teaching experience is required, just good people skills, patience and a friendly personality.

You must be 16 years of age at the commencement of the course and you will need to be competent in your chosen discipline (intermediate) - but not a star.

The snowboard level one course covers everything you need to know to get started instructing. The three-day course and one day assessment covers topics such as:

  • Teaching beginners (with a focus on teaching children)
  • Class handling and safety
  • Technical information and theory of instruction
  • Personal riding improvement
  • Demonstrations
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Snowboard Level 1 full package

Snowboard Level 1 full package

Included Products:

  • Snowboard level 1 exam
  • Snowboard manual
  • Snowboard level 1 course
  • Snowboard level 1 course info
  • Snowboard children's chapter
  • Snowboard level 1 training guide
  • Price: $ 945

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Snowboard level one courses

The snowboard level one qualification is the entry point to the Australian instructor training pathway.

No teaching experience is required, just good people skills, patience and a friendly personality.

You must be 16 years of age at the commencement of the course and you will need to be competent in your chosen discipline (intermediate) - but not a star.

The snowboard level one course covers everything you need to know to get started instructing. The three-day course and one day assessment covers topics such as:

  • Teaching beginners (with a focus on teaching children)
  • Class handling and safety
  • Technical information and theory of instruction
  • Personal riding improvement
  • Demonstrations
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What’s included in the price?

The level one course and exam is a package and the price includes:

  • 3-day course
  • 1-day exam
  • Course materials and a teaching manual
  • One-year membership to the APSI (valid until 31 December)
  • A certificate and pin (on successful completion of the assessment tasks)
  • Access to our teaching app.

The package price does not include lift tickets, meals, equipment or accommodation.

You will need to make these arrangements before attending our course, but you can check out our recommendations on our accommodation page.

What can I expect on the course?

When you attend a course with us you can expect to receive world class training, delivered with pride, passion and understanding.

The level one course will cover all units that are assessed on the exam day – so you don’t need to have any prior knowledge.

During the exam, you will be given numerous attempts at each task creating a relaxed training atmosphere, allowing every opportunity for you to show that you possess the correct skills and understanding to attain the level one certificate.

Below is an example outline so you know what to expect each day. However, this may change depending on snow and weather conditions at the time of your course.

You do need to be prepared for full days (7+ hours) and that you will be outside on the snow for six hours each day.

Course day (days 1 to 3)
  • 8:30 am : Meet
  • 9:00 am : Training (outside)
  • 12:00 pm : Lunch
  • 12:45 pm : Training (outside)
  • 3:45 pm : Discussion (inside)
  • 4:30-5:00 pm : Finish
Exam day (day 4)
  • 8:15 am : Meet
  • 9:00 am : Exam (outside)
  • 3:00 pm : Finished on snow
  • 4:00 pm : Presentation
What to bring

What do I need to bring?

Please bring:

  • Your snowboard and boots. These should be well maintained and tuned.
  • Warm waterproof clothing, including a beanie or helmet* and gloves – be prepared!
  • Sunglasses or goggles and sunscreen.
  • A packed lunch or money to buy lunch – you need to be able to carry this with you as the group may stop on the mountain for your lunch break.
  • A notebook and pencil.
  • Lift ticket x 4 days.

*We recommend that all candidates wear a helmet when participating in courses or exams

Fitness and Riding Ability

Our snowboard certifications are intensive courses of riding and learning.

It is therefore, important that you are physically fit and in good condition to be able to take full advantage of the training and education provided and to perform at your best for the duration of the course. Safety is our number one concern. The minimum recommended snowboarding ability to attend this course is intermediate (i.e. you are comfortable on blue runs). However, you don’t have to do anything you feel is beyond your capabilities. Please speak to us if you are concerned about your ability or fitness.