One of the pre-requisites for the Level 3 ISIA Technical and Teaching courses is 200 hrs Teaching Experience. These hours must be completed between successful completion of the Level 2 Instructor qualification and commencement of the Level 3 ISIA Technical or Teaching courses of the Level 3 ISIA qualification. These hours can be completed on a dry slope or indoor snow slope or in a mountain environment. It is recommended that some or all of these hours relate to the Telemark discipline however hours in any discipline will be accepted. A maximum of 50 of these hours can be coaching hours and a maximum of 35 hours can be completed at slopes using Maxxtracks technology, such as Skiplex or Chel-ski**.

Please Note: The 200 logged, signed teaching hours (shadowing hours will not be accepted) must be on your Snowsport School headed paper or other official document and signed by the Snowsport School Manager or Director to demonstrate proof that you have completed this requirement. 

Students should have completed their teaching hours prior to booking the Level 3 ISIA Teaching or Technical course with the office to ensure they are accepted. 

It is recognised that some people may wish to book onto a course before completing all the hours. In order to accommodate this, BASI will accept a booking on the Level 3 ISIA Teaching or Technical prior to receiving the 200 hours, however it must be stressed that: 

If all the signed teaching hours are not received at the BASI office TWO weeks prior to commencement of the course, then you will not be eligible to attend the course and there will be no refund.

For a BASI Log Sheet Click Here

** Due to the nature of these slopes the instructor should always be mindful of how their lesson could be given on a dry slope or indoor snow slope where there are more slope users and a change of terrain (angle and underfoot conditions). Clients should be given instruction in accordance with the FIS code, particularly with regards to safety.

This module has been superseded and its content has now been incorporated into the BASI 5 day Coaching course and the Level 3 Mountain Safety course. 

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Course Price: £430
This is a 5-day on-snow training and assessment course, complemented with in-depth lectures and seminars related to snowboard teaching. 

By the end of the course, the student must demonstrate the knowledge, ability and understanding to teach snowboarding in a variety of situations.

The following aspects are covered:  

  • Goal setting 
  • Snowboarder analysis 
  • Motivation 
  • Safety factors 
  • Communication skills 
  • Approaches to teaching 
  • Teaching styles 
  • Understanding differing learner needs

A major element of this module is the assessment of the ability to develop your peers technical performance. Therefore it is recommended that the Snowboard Level 3 ISIA Technical Course is attended prior to the Snowboard Level 3 ISIA Teaching Course, unless students feel confident in this area. 

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Price: £430
This is a 5 day on–snow training and assessment course, completed with lectures and seminars. The aim of the course is to increase the student’s technical competency and understanding of snowboarding. 

By the end of the course, the student must be able to demonstrate the required level of technical competency across all five strands.

Important Note: All students attending the Snowboard Level 3 ISIA Technical or Teaching Courses will be required to bring to the course the following safety pack; a transceiver, a snow shovel and an avalanche probe, with a small rucksack to carry them. Students will be asked by their Trainer to carry these with them on days that they are likely to go off-piste

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The ISIA minimum standards require a second discipline as part of the Level 3 ISIA Qualification. 

Successful completion of the Level 1 Instructor course in any of the BASI Disciplines is the minimum standard for this requirement.

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Course Price: £500
This a 6 day course conducted in a mountain environment, starting on a Sunday.
The objective of the course is to train and assess instructors to lead parties off piste within the ski area boundary. Terrain used will be non glaciated with no planned use of the rope, axe or crampons - beyond that is the realm of the ISTD or Mountain Guide.

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Practical instruction is given in:

  • Equipment selection for off piste use
  • Choice of route and leadership techniques
  • Use of skins or snowshoes for short uphill sections
  • Off piste technique
  • Group management and emergency procedures
  • Avalanche assessment
  • Use of transceivers and navigation

Theory lectures are given on:

  • Snow and avalanches
  • Navigation
  • Mountain weather
  • Hypothermia
  • Emergencies and responsibilities of a leader

The assessment may be continual through the week however if 2 groups are running together then there may be a swap of trainers for 2 more formal days of assessment at the end of the course. 

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The Second Language test is an oral and aural test designed to assess your ability to communicate in any of the following languages; French, German, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian and Japanese.

The test can be done either over the phone or in person with a member of staff or a trainer. The assessor will be bilingual and/or have a degree in the chosen language to be tested.

If you are on a course and your trainer is one of the nominated language assessors you may do the test if he/she agrees during your course.

The assessment test usually lasts 10 – 15 minutes and there is a charge of £10 per test. Please Note: This amount will be charged regardless of the result.
If phoning the office the payment can be made with credit or debit card just before the arranged time of the test. If face to face with a trainer then you pay him/her direct.

The main topics that will be assessed are based around safety, getting to know your clients and teaching.

Within the safety element of the test (which has the most weighting) you should give as much information as you would expect to give in an emergency situation to the emergency services. 
This should include a minimum of:

  • Where you are on the mountain
  • How many people are involved
  • What you suspect the injuries are and how they were incurred
  • Give your understanding on the scale of gravity
  • You should also be able to explain how and where you would contact the emergency services in the event that mobile phone networks were not available

The test will progress to your ability to relay information to any next of kin or contact persons within the resort. This leads on to getting to know a client, which is gaining information relating to understanding what sort of learner they are and creating a pleasant learning atmosphere with your client whatever their age. People are always ready to talk about themselves and their interests and hobbies so you should be able to ask about these and understand their use for your teaching.

The last part of the test will involve you giving instructions on how to use the fundamental elements to create the manoeuvres within the Central Theme. It will also require you to demonstrate your vocabulary relating to the equipment.

The above are just examples of the type of questions you might be asked.

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Course Price: £430
The BASI coaching Pathway is designed to equip the BASI instructor with an understanding and ability to adapt their education gained through their discipline specific instructors’ pathway to the competition environment.

The five-day coaching course is for the instructor to have the sound knowledge and competences to run competition training autonomously within the remit of the instructor qualification held.

View the equipment list for the Coaching - Ski course here. Please note there is no additional equipment required for the Coaching - Snowboard course.

BASI Coaching Log Book & Guidelines can be found here in print format and here in electronic format. Do not feel restricted by the number of pages provided in this template; add more as you need to ensure you have a complete recording of all your experiences and learning.

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Students are required to submit a research project, as part of the Alpine Level 4 ISTD Qualification or the Snowboard, Telemark, Nordic and Adaptive Level 3 ISIA Qualification. 

It will be marked on the following areas: 

  • Length (3,000 to 4,000 words)
  • Bibliography
  • Quality of print
  • Grammar
  • Presentation
  • Layout
  • Drawings/diagrams
  • Research
  • Accuracy
  • Originality
  • Personalisation
  • Conclusion 

The subject matter for your project needs to relate to the Snowsport industry, but it also needs to be something that would be useful for your peers to read and should relate in some way to the profession of Snowsport teaching. 
If you are in any doubt about the acceptability of your chosen subject matter, please contact the office and we can advise you. 

Exceptional projects may be published in the BASI News. Please send your research project via email to and it will be passed on to the correct department for marking. 

BASI reserves the right to reproduce any submitted projects for the purpose of publication, research, (copyright remains that of the author).

The marking of the project(s) can take up to 3 months. For avoidness try to submit projects in the Summer rather than Winter.

Written projects submitted for the first time will be assessed free of charge.

The marking of re-submitted written projects will be charged as follows:

  • Second attempt £30
  • Subsequent attempts £30

Click Here for Project Conditions

Click here for the Written Project marking sheet

Students are to attend a final interview on completion of all the modules/courses that from part of the Alpine Level 4 ISTD Qualification or Telemark, Nordic, Snowboard and Adaptive Level 3 ISIA Qualification.

This is the final part to enable you to obtain your Qualification.

Please contact the office to organise this interview, tel: 01479 861 717 or email:

Snowboard Level 3 Performance Training

Course Price: £430
This is an optional, 5 day Training course which we strongly recommend you attend, in preparation for the Snowboard Level 3 Technical course.

Students booking the Snowboard Level 3 Performance Training course at the same time as the Snowboard Level 3 Technical course running in the same resort the following week, will receive a discount of £50 off the Snowboard Level 3 Performance Training.

Please contact the office to make your bookings and to get the discounted price.

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