Who Should Take This Course?
You should take this course if you are a Level 3 Instructor with extensive teaching experience, preparation, and training. This should include teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced students in a variety of situations as well as instructor training experience (either at your school, or as a CASI Evaluator). You should have numerous seasons of experience as a full-time snowboard instructor, and wish to further pursue your career in the industry.
Am I Ready?
The Level 4 Instructor standards require you to pass riding, teaching and advanced instructor training (Pedagogy) evaluations. In order to help you achieve success on the course, we suggest you take the following steps in preparation, if they are available to you:
- Ensure that you plan and prepare for this course in advance. Many candidates work for several years to prepare for and ultimately complete the Level 4 certification. Establish a multi-year plan for success, beginning with the completion of your Level 3 certification.
- Ensure you are familiar with the CASI Levels 1 to 3 course content and methodologies, as well as all CASI reference materials.
- Attend training sessions with a current CASI Level 4 Instructor or Evaluator, to get feedback on your riding ability in relation to the technical standard. The use of video analysis and feedback can be beneficial.
- Level 4 candidates are expected to have a broad-base of knolwedge and experience. Take advantage of other avenues for preparation, including competition experience, CSCP coaching courses / training, and other sport-specific training and input.
- If you've taken the course, consider taking the Level 4 Exam Prep prior to exams.
Cost: $694.25 Course/ $466.60 Exams / Retest $84.89 per component
(Taxes and lift tickets are not included in course fees)
Current CASI Level 3 Instructor
Comfortable on all types of terrain
By the time you are eligible to attend the Level 4 Instructor course, you have invested considerable time in your personal and professional development. This course will challenge your skills, and allow you the opportunity to further your understanding of snowboard teaching and technique to new heights.
CASI Level 4 Instructors enjoy many opportunities within the industry, including training and professional development, course evaluating, professional advancement, and international representation. CASI’s Level 4 members play a key role in determining training, technical, and policy standards for all of CASI’s programs.
Successful candidates will display the highest level of teaching and riding proficiencies, in line with CASI’s techniques and methodologies. Leadership, communication, maturity, excellent understanding of concepts, originality, and a positive outlook are all characteristics of a successful Level 4 Instructor. The standard is high - but the goal is worthwhile.
To facilitate the best possible success rate on the course, the Level 4 is conducted in two phases - a mid-winter course phase, and a spring evaluation phase. The course portion allows for presentation of material, and the spring evaluations allow for training and development time following the course.
The course portion provides training with CASI’s top Evaluators, and focuses on advanced pedagogy skills, expert teaching skills, and high-level technical riding skills. Candidates will leave the course portion with clear written and verbal feedback regarding their performance and potential, and strategies for exam preparation.
Level 4 candidates must choose a Specialization Module - Advanced Terrain Park (Freestyle), or Advanced Carving in order to complete the course. This Specialization Module is completed along with a general Freeriding Module. See the Course Description for more details.
New for 2011-12: Candidates completing the Carving Specialization will be permitted to ride on the equipment of their choice (hardboots and plates bindings are no longer a requirement for this module).
Candidates must register for the course and exams portions separately. Due to staffing constraints, candidates will not be admitted without pre-registration.
The Level 4 evaluating staff are trained by the National Technical Coordinator, who also assists in the delivery of both the Eastern and Western Level 4 courses, to ensure a consistent standard across the country.
6 days (NEW) totalling 36 hours - Course Phase
4 days (NEW) - Evaluation Phase