Snowboard Level 4 ISTD Qualification

Modules required for Level 4 Qualification:

  • Level 4 IMS Training Course (4 days)
  • Level 4 IMS Logged Days Touring
  • Level 4 IMS Assessment Course (3 days)
  • BASI Coaching Course
  • FIS Competition

  • 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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    Course Price: £435
    The BASI coaching course is designed to equip BASI instructors with an understanding and ability to adapt their education gained through their discipline specific instructors’ pathway to the competition environment.

    The course is for the instructor to have the sound knowledge and competences to assist competition training within the remit of the instructor qualification held.  For Snowboarding, this will be centred around Freestyle as this is the predominate pathway for many entrants to competitive snowboarding.

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

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    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 because there is no equivalent Eurotest for Snowboarders. Each time a member qualifies at this level (and therefore has reached FIS Competition level/standard) BASI will apply an exemption from the Eurotest and provide the French authorities with an "Attestation" confirming your exemption. This will be useful if you wish to apply for a Carte Pro in snowboarding (to work in France).

    To gain a FIS licence to take part in Boarder Cross competitions contact Alex Bucknall at GB Snowsport by e-mail to alex.bucknall@GBsnowsport.com and fislicence@gbsnowsport.com. You will be provided with a form which must be forwarded to BASI (basi@basi.org.uk). 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