Snowboard Level 4 ISTD Qualification

Modules required for Level 4 Qualification:

  • IMS (Level 4) - Training
  • IMS (Level 4) - 6 Logged Days Touring
  • IMS (Level 4) - Assessment
  • FIS Competition
  • Written Project

  • ISTD Qualification will not be awarded unless all ISIA modules are completed


    Course Price: £405
    This is a 4 day training course which progresses on from the BASI Mountain Safety course. It trains the student to lead tours out with the ski area boundary and deal with all the hazards which can be encountered while on day tours. Very little time will be spent revising ISIA material, so come prepared. The course can contain long days on the hill with big ascents carrying a rucksack. It may be necessary to be on steep, exposed terrain. A typical ascent may be up to 1000m. 

    For a full equipment and reading list Click Here

    Level 4 International Mountain Safety Log Sheet Click Here, for Log Book Guidelines Click Here and for the Log Book Policy Click Here

    The course will train candidates in the following: 

    • Snow & avalanche hazard management, including multiple burial search techniques 
    • Advanced navigation and map work 
    • Incident management 
    • Route selection including kick turns & setting a skinning track 
    • Mountain awareness i.e. Flora, fauna, glaciology, etc

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    Before attending the 3-day assessment courses, students must have completed a minimum of 6 days of quality day-touring where students have been practising the role of leading, decision making and navigation. Map reading, snow profiling, transceiver searching and the use of ropes must already be very competent. This log must be given to the Guide at the commencement of the Level 4 IMS Assessment Course.

    Level 4 International Mountain Safety Log Sheet Click Here, for Log Book Guidelines Click Here and for the Log Book Policy Click Here

    Students will be able to book onto the Assessment course without having completed the logged days, but proof of these logged days must be given to the Guide on the first night at the welcome meeting. If proof of these logged days is not given to the Guide or are not to a satisfactory standard, they may be allowed to proceed with the course however a deferral will be issued and an admin fee attached to the submission of their logbook. This fee is currently £75.

    Course Price: £355
    This is a 3 day assessment course which if successful, completes the Level 4 International Mountain Safety. This qualification allows the holder to lead tours consistent with the laws of the country they are in. These tours must not include glacial travel, the planned use of axe, crampons or rope, any multi day excursions (using tents, snow shelters, bivouacs, manned or unmanned mountain huts or bothies), or setting out with the intention of leading a group in poor visibility. It is a three day course which may involve one day using uplift and the other two touring away from the ski area. The tours are big days and may contain up to 1000m of ascent carrying a rucksack. There may also be early starts to make use of winter’s limited daylight and stay safe before the sun warms certain slopes. Ratio 1:4 

    You will be assessed in all of the techniques learnt on the training course. There will be a written paper on: 

    • Knowledge of safety 
    • Off-piste skiing 
    • Mountain weather and environment 

    Should you fail to meet the standard in an area which can be re-sit in 1 day then you will be invited back for the 1 day. 
    Failing that, then a re-sit of the whole assessment may be necessary. If a candidate fails 2 IMS assessments then they will be required to redo the training course.

    Important Note: Students will be able to book onto the Assessment course without having completed the logged days, but proof of these logged days must be given to the Guide on the first night at the welcome meeting. If proof of these logged days is not given to the Guide or are not to a satisfactory standard, they may be allowed to proceed with the course however a deferral will be issued and an admin fee attached to the submission of their logbook. This fee is currently £75.

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    Students are required to submit a research project, as part of the Ski Level 4 ISTD Qualification or the Snowboard, Telemark, XC 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 [email protected] 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).

    If possible, it is best to 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

    Written Project to be replaced with the  PDP

    The Written Project will be phased out of the Ski Level 4 and Level 3 (Snowboard, Adaptive, XC and Telemark). The module will be replaced with the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP). The PDP has been in development for several years, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh. 

    The PDP is a record of your development as a snowsports teacher. Engaging with the PDP will help you be a more successful teacher. The aim of the PDP is to use your teaching practice to think about your role as a snowsports teacher, to think critically about your teaching practice and to use that thinking to demonstrate your learning and development. The PDP process will be illustrated in the format of a written essay. 

    The PDP will be officially launched by November 2021. 

    The final date for Written Project submissions is 30th  April  2022.  Therefore, any members who have started work on their written project will have 12 months to complete and submit to BASI for marking. If you have completed the Written Project, you will not be required to submit the PDP.

    Verification of your high level performance will normally be based on FIS points from Boarder Cross competition. The FIS competition element is a requirement for the Snowboard Level 4 in order to obtain the ISIA Card at ISTD Level (The ISIA Stamp is awarded at Level 3). Details of the ISIA Stamp and ISIA Card can be found here: http://isia.ski/quality-standards/?lang=en Please Note: Unfortunately, post-Brexit, the Snowboard ISTD is no longer recognised by the French authorities, only the Ski Level 4 ISTD is eligible for Carte Pro applications.


    To gain a FIS licence to take part in Boarder Cross competitions contact Alex Bucknall at GB Snowsport by e-mail to [email protected] and [email protected]. You will be provided with a form which must be forwarded to BASI ([email protected]). We will complete this form and submit it to GB Snowsport on your behalf. FIS licences should be applied for before mid August of each year for the following winter. 

    Please Note: It is usually acceptable to attend a minimum of two FIS Boarder cross races and generate FIS points from both races however as there is no set level of FIS points as such, each application will be on a case by case basis.

    GB Snowsport, Tel: 0207 842 5764 www.gbsnowsport.com