Telemark Level 3 ISIA Qualification

Highest National Qualification 

Modules required for Level 3 Qualification:

  • 200 Hrs Teaching Experience
  • Telemark Level 3 Course (Technical & Teaching)
  • Mountain Safety (Level 3)
  • Second Discipline (Level 1)
  • Second Language Test
  • Professional Development Portfolio (previously the Written Project)
  • Optional Modules:

    One of the modules for the Level 3 ISIA is 200 hrs Teaching Experience. These hours are recommended to be completed between successful completion of the Level 2 Instructor qualification and commencement of the Level 3 ISIA Teaching courses of the Level 3 ISIA qualification. It is strongly recommended that the majority of these hours are completed in a mountain environment. A maximum of 50 of these hours can be coaching hours and a maximum of 50 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 can only book Level 3 modules once they hold their full Level 2 qualification (i.e. have completed 70 hours Snowports School experience)

    Students are permitted to book on to Level 3 courses without 200 hours Teaching Experience. It is recommended that these hours should be completed prior to the commencement of the Level 3 Teaching course, but it is not a requirement.

    Students need to complete these 200 hours Teaching Experience to achieve the Level 3 qualification.

    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, indoor snow slope or mountain environment 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.

    Course Price: £699
    This is a 10 day training and assessment course delivered in a mountain environment.

    On successful completion of all training, students will have developed their technical competence and understanding of the underlying principles of ski teaching. The Telemark Level 3 ISIA licence qualifies the student to teach up to parallel skiing/telemarking and beyond. This includes techniques and tactics for bumps, steeper terrain, higher speeds and variable conditions within marked pistes and off piste on marked routes.

    If a candidate fails both the Teaching and Technical elements of the Level 3 course they must retake the whole 10 day level 3 course.

    If a candidate fails either the Teaching or Technical element of the course, they can book onto the Level 3 re-assessment course (Technical or Teaching). 

    If a candidate is exempt from Teaching or Technical, they can book onto the Level 3 re-assessment course to be assessed in Technical or Teaching to complete the Level 3 qualification. 

    When a L2/L3 Combined course is running, members can book the first week for a technical reassessment, and the second week for a teaching reassessment. Please contact the office directly to book this.

    **If the course is showing as full and you wish to only book one week, please contact the office as there may still be space available on your desired week**

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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: £529
    This is a 5 day training and assessment course conducted in a mountain environment, with a one day online pre-requisite. 
    The objective of the course is to train and assess instructors to lead parties off piste within the ski area boundary - beyond that is the realm of the ISTD or Mountain Guide. Terrain used will be non glaciated with no planned use of the rope, axe or crampons.

    The full equipment list is included in the pre course email.  

    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.  The office will send you a link so that his fee can be paid for online via your Member Area.

    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.

    BASI has developed a module to help give students an idea of what they can expect to be tested on during their second language test. Please note, this module is a help-guide to get students started with some of the vocabulary they’ll need to know. However, knowing these phrases alone will not be enough in order to gain a pass and they must be able to hold a conversation with the examiner.  To access this module click here  

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