France

Qualification Required

At present the French authorities only recognise Alpine and Snowboard qualifications, other disciplines are treated as offshoots. To work in France a UK instructor must comply with one of the following: 

  • Hold the BASI Alpine Level 2 Instructor Qualification or above, have passed the Test Technique, and work as a 'stagiaire' within an approved ski school. Having entered the stagiaire system, the BASI Level 2 or 3 ISIA has a 3-year period to complete the BASI Level 4 ISTD Qualification (including the European Speed Test). 
  • Or, hold the BASI Alpine Level 4 ISTD Qualification and having passed both the Euro Security and Euro Test.*

*Only instructors qualified at BASI Level 4 ISTD level can work independently and take their own clients on to the hill. 

Once you have obtained your Level 4 ISTD Qualification, you will need to apply for full French Equivalence for the region that you are going to work in, to be able to teach independently or with a Ski School.

The procedure for applying to work in France is shown below.  Please click here to apply online.

Update on MoU investigation 11/11/2017

Nordic Recognition

In France, the recognition of a foreign cross-country ski instructor qualifications are evaluated by the DDCS (French government authorities) on a case-by-case basis.

The following is BASI’s understanding of the current process.
- If you wish to gain recognition of your BASI Level 3 ISIA Nordic qualification, you would be best advised to supply the DDCS, not only evidence of your BASI Nordic qualification, but also as much supporting evidence as possible (such as any racing experience and mountaineering experience etc). From the experience of previous applicants, this extra evidence has helped their applications.
 
It would also be advisable to supply the following documents in your application:
·         Covering letter (preferably in French)
·         Photocopy of your Passport
·         Photocopy of your BASI qualification (BASI Level 3 ISIA Nordic)
·         Photocopy of  your French 2nd language certificate
·         2 Passport photos
·         Stamped, self-addressed envelope (with an address in France – this can be either the BASI Secretary to the Board, or the BASI Chair)
·         Medical Certificate (Needs to state that you are fit and healthy to teach sport. A letter from your GP will suffice)
·         Police Report (Please note that the police report or disclosure certificate that you provide needs to have been issued within 3 months of the date of application for your Carte Pro. Once you have provided this they will request a French Bulletin No2 from the relevant authorities on your behalf).
·         Completed application form
 
You should then send this by registered post to:
 
DDCS 
Cite Administrative

1 Rue Joseph Chanrion 

CS 200094 

Grenoble 38032 Cedex 1
 
It is strongly recommended that you make photocopies of all your documents before sending the completed application to the DDCS using a recorded delivery mailing service.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to call the office.

Application Procedure

To book onto your Test Technique, you must do this through the French, as BASI don’t take bookings or run the Test Technique. 

  • First you must go to the relevant website to sign up for a Test Technique. 
    Once on the home page, go to "inscription" and follow the menus, first choose; sports de montagne, press “lancer le recherche” (enter button) then choose, ski alpin, enter and then choose test technique and enter. 
  • This will bring up a page with all Test Technique tests running during the season. It shows the resort where this is running, dates and then the closure date for applying for this. 
  • Click on the test that you want to book on and then fill the application as prompted. If you don't have a French address you might have a problem filling this in, as it will not accept a non French post code, so fill the post code in with 38000 and then put your real post code just before your hometown.

  

Once this is all completed you will receive in the post a form that you need to sign and send back.
On the back of the form you'll find a list of documents that you need to send back with the signed form before December 1st.
The documents that you need to send back are: 

  • The signed form 
  • 1 passport size photo 
  • 3 self addressed envelopes 
  • A photocopy of your passport 
  • A letter from your doctor saying that you're fit to ski

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