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ANWÄRTER VS CSIA LEVEL 1

After graduating high school, it was time to fulfill my dream of becoming a ski instructor. In the summer of 2019, I obtained my Anwärter qualification through the Tyrolean Ski Instructor Association (Tiroler Skilehererverband) at the Hintertux Glacier in Austria. This qualification is the first level of the Austrian system to be a ski instructor.

In the winter season of 2019/2020, I put my skills to use and worked as a ski instructor for a few months at Skischule Fiss-Ladis, Austria. The daily variety of the working days is something I truly enjoyed. You never knew what the next day would bring, which kept the job interesting and exciting.

During the winter of 2020/2021, I was unfortunately stuck at home due to Covid like most people in the Netherlands. I needed a new ski adventure to look forward to, so I started planning my next season. I stumbled on the site of EA Ski & Snowboard, an organization that provides internships in 5 different countries (New Zealand, Japan, USA, Canada, and Switzerland) with a guaranteed job offer for the rest of the season. I decided to apply for an internship to get my level 1 & 2 at Big White Ski Resort, British Columbia, Canada.

This article concerns the differences and the similarities between the Anwärter and the CSIA Level 1 qualification. If you’re thinking about getting a (beginners) qualification in the field of ski instructing, keep reading!

Training days

During the Anwärter our ski training started every day at 09:00 and ended at 14:00. From 16:00 – 19:00, we had theory lessons that took place off the mountain. After training for almost 5 hours, it was exhausting to focus intensively on the theory for three consecutive hours. Especially since it was all explained in German with a Tyrolean accent, which made it a lot harder to understand for a Dutch girl like me. The training days were very intense in my opinion.

The training days during the CSIA Level 1 were a lot more relaxed. The training started at 09:00 and ended around 15:00. After that, you were done for the day. The theory that you have to master was conceived in practical lessons so that you can apply it right away. Although I really benefited from immediately applying the theory during the CSIA training sessions, I feel that I have learned a lot more during my Anwärter when It comes to the theory.

Exams

The exams of both qualifications are vastly different from each other. The Anwärter exam is divided into three parts, the theoretical exam, the practical exam, and the teaching exam. The practical exam takes place on the last day of the course. During this exam, you get one chance per exam assignment to show the right techniques according to the Austrian ski curriculum.

The CSIA exam takes place on the last three days of the course. It is an ongoing assessment which means that during these days you get feedback on your skiing skills, as well as on your teaching skills to meet the CSIA Level 1 requirements.

There is a big contrast between both exams. I liked the CSIA Level 1 exam a lot more. Instead of being nervous about messing up the only chance you have a, you get three whole days to show your skiing and teaching skills. It also allows you to show that you can instruct in different circumstances (different weather conditions, different terrain, different snow conditions etc.)

The components of both the Anwärter and the CSIA Level 1 are very diverse, but they come down to the same thing. If you pass your exams, you are certified to teach first-time skiers trough intermediate level students.

An overview of the exam components for both qualifications

Anwärter:

                Theory

Schulefahren (demos)

Eigenkönnen (free ski)

Lehraufritt (teaching)

Movement theory

Teaching children’s lessons

Equipment knowledge

Snow science

Avalanche awareness

Safety

Tourism

First Aid

Nature and environment

Snow plough turning

Snow plough steering

Long radius turns

Short radius turns

20 min of teaching

CSIA Level 1:

 

Safe teaching

Professional skillsTeaching childrenLesson delivery
Methods for organizing students for safe lift  rides

Safe locations for stopping a class

Safety considerations in choosing terrain

Positive interactions with fellow participants

Clear communication

Actions showing responsibility for own learning

Engaging teaching approaches for children

Class management tactics for children

Basic cognitive/physical differences in age groups

Basic lesson plan

Basic fundamentals of lesson objective

Basic development approach

Terrain to enhance learning

Overall experience

One qualification is not better than the other, it just depends on what you want to do with your qualification.

If you only want to teach in Austria, you will benefit more from getting your Anwärter since you’ll learn the Austrian way of ski instructing. The theory is also mainly focused on the snow conditions in Europe, which is obviously very different than the snow conditions in for example Canada or Japan, where there is a lot more annual snowfall.

If you want to instruct in countries outside Europe it is recommended to get the CSIA Level 1 qualification rather than the Anwärter qualification. This qualification is valid in most countries and teaches you the general way of ski instructing which is recognized all over the world.

I am very content with having both qualifications. Austria is my favorite country to ski, so it is very convenient that I have an Austrian ski instructor certificate. But if I want to teach anywhere else in the world, I don’t need to get another qualification since I already have my CSIA Level 1 certificate.

–       20 min of teaching

Geschreven door: Suus Dijkshoorn

My name is Susan and I’m 20 years old. At the age of 3 I learned how to ski. I’ve always had the best ski instructors and loved every second of it. As I grew older, I knew one thing for sure: there is going to be a moment where I will be the one in the red suit teaching children how to ski. And that’s exactly what happened! In the summer of 2019, I got my Anwärter and in the first months of 2020 I was living the ski instructor dream in Fiss, Austria. In those few months my love for the mountains has only grown, even though I thought that that was impossible! Currently, I’m living in Vlaardingen (South-Holland). Every year I go on a skiing trip with my family to Fiss. I’ve been there for over 19 times, so it definitely feels like my second home. And even after 19 years, Fiss never bores me. It’s still my favorite place to be! It’s safe to say that there are two things certain in life: the fact that where all going to die, and the fact that I belong in the mountains!

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Suus Dijkshoorn

My name is Susan and I’m 20 years old. At the age of 3 I learned how to ski. I’ve always had the best ski instructors and loved every second of it. As I grew older, I knew one thing for sure: there is going to be a moment where I will be the one in the red suit teaching children how to ski. And that’s exactly what happened! In the summer of 2019, I got my Anwärter and in the first months of 2020 I was living the ski instructor dream in Fiss, Austria. In those few months my love for the mountains has only grown, even though I thought that that was impossible! Currently, I’m living in Vlaardingen (South-Holland). Every year I go on a skiing trip with my family to Fiss. I’ve been there for over 19 times, so it definitely feels like my second home. And even after 19 years, Fiss never bores me. It’s still my favorite place to be! It’s safe to say that there are two things certain in life: the fact that where all going to die, and the fact that I belong in the mountains!

Datum:

08-01-2022

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