Applying for recognition in the EU Member states update August 2020


With the aim of keeping you up to date about applying for recognition currently in EU Member States, here is a summary of the latest official information provided to BASI from the EU Commission.

Back in 2010 BASI was invited to be involved in the creation of an automated system of recognition for its ski instructors who wish to work autonomously in EU Member States, which we know today as the MoU Agreement or the Delegated Act.

The BASI Level 4 ISTD is one of the qualifications listed in the Annex I of the Delegated Act. This means that those who comply with and achieve the criteria of the Common Training Test (CTT) as set out in the Delegated Act can benefit from automatic recognition procedures in fellow EU Member States.

The Delegated Act does not stop any BASI member from applying for recognition in Europe if they do not meet the CTT criteria. It would be up to individual Member States to follow their internal procedures according to their laws when dealing with any applications for recognition. Therefore, any BASI member who currently holds a qualification other than the level 4 ISTD, is free to apply for recognition of such qualifications in another European country.

For the first year only of the Delegated Act, a similar icon used during the MoU pilot whereby eligible instructors were issued a sticker, the CTT sticker was issued during the season 2019/2020. For the future, the EU IMI database system will be used. The criteria for each national delegated competent authority for the inclusion of individual instructors to be included in this database are outlined in the Delegated Act including those with “Acquired Rights”. If you would like to view the requirements set out for automatic recognition as an autonomous ski instructor in the EU, they can be found in the documents displayed on this webpage;  https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/34445

BASI is continuing to work alongside other national sport instructor organisations with similar interests for working in the EU post BREXIT. In pooling our resources we are all working with the UK government departments of the Digital, Cultural, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to highlight the need for the UK government (No. 10 Downing St) to address not only the Free Trade agreement, but also that of the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRPQ) in order to best gain continued working opportunities for British sport instructors.