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. 

Brexit 
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French website - How to prepare for Brexit
British Government website - Get Ready for Brexit

Application Procedure

Free Provision of Services
The Free Provision of Services procedure (L.P.S.) allows you to operate your business in France in a temporary and casual way with the same prerogatives as a person with Right of Establishment in the country.
This procedure leads to the issue of an acknowledgement for the Free Provision of Services. This acknowledgement will allow you to pursue your profession legally.
You will be able to download the LPS form here.
Once in France, if the nature of your work activities corresponds to the procedure for Right of Establishment you can, if you wish, request to gain Right of Establishment.

Right of Establishment
If you wish to settle in France as part of the procedure of free establishment, to exercise the profession of instructor in France, the Right of Establishment procedure leads to the issue of a French professional card under the same conditions as the French national diploma holders. 

NB: Whether you apply online or by post, it is essential that you provide a French address on the form. We have been advised by the French authorities that for technical reasons, the software that manages and produces the professional cards cannot produce your card if you do not provide an address in France (the address of the ski school, the guides office etc. would suffice). If you have already applied for your Carte Pro and have an address in France, please forward it to [email protected] and we will pass this on to the French authorities. If you do not have a French address, the Chairman and the Secretary to the Board have both offered to allow members to use their French addresses to ease the process. If you would like to use this option please e-mail [email protected] to advise.

 

Application process
It is possible to apply for your Carte Pro either online or by post.

Please click here for the French Carte Pro application form.

It would also be advisable to supply the following documents with your application:

- Photocopy of your Passport
- Photocopy of your Level 4 ISTD Certificate
- Photocopy of your Euro Speed Test Certificate (or exemption certificate/letter)
- Photocopy of  your French 2nd language certificate
- 2 Passport photos
- Stamped, self addressed envelope
- 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)

You should then send your completed application form and the documents (it is recommend that you take copies of the form and all documents before you post them) by registered post to:

 

DDCS 
Cite Administrative
1 Rue Joseph Chanrion 
CS 200094 
Grenoble 38032 Cedex 1

Applying online
Please 
click here

Once you click on the above link, you will need to register ("Inscrivez-vous") with all of your details and then click create an account ("Creer le compte"). Select the first option "Are you looking for the right of establishment?" leave the bottom drop down box as "Primo Demande" and click next. Continue to follow the on screen instructions.

Once all the on screen instructions have been followed and the process is complete you will be provided with a PDF of the completed form required to apply for your Carte Pro. Print 3 copies. Keep 1 for your records and post 2 copies of the application form with 2 copies of all documents requested online, to the relevant address.

As soon as the online process has been completed, the processing of your Carte Pro application will begin. Once the copies of all other relevant documents have been received the process can be completed and the Carte pro sent out.

You may be required to provide some or all of the following documents:  

  • Photocopy of your Passport
  • Photocopy of your Level 4 ISTD Certificate
  • Photocopy of your Euro Speed Test Certificate
  • Photocopy of  your French 2nd language certificate
  • 2 Passport photos
  • Stamped, self addressed envelope
  • 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)
  • Carte Pro application form

Please send your application and documents to the following address:

DDCS 
Cite Administrative
1 Rue Joseph Chanrion 
CS 200094 
Grenoble 38032 Cedex 1

Renewing Your Carte Pro

The Carte Pro renewal procedure is the same as is shown above under 'Application Process' or 'Applying online'.
Towards the end of the online process, it will be necessary to choose which department to send the request to, e.g. DDCS Isère, Savoie, Haute-Savoie .... this will be the address on your previous Carte Pro. Alternatively, it is possible to post the documents to the DDCS mentioned on your previous Carte Pro. Most of the recent Carte Pros are produced by the DDCS Isère but some older ones may have been published by other departments: Savoie, Haute-Savoie, etc.

You can click here to find the regional offices.

Online renewals

  • The link to the online renewal is https://eaps.sports.gouv.fr/  (called "télédéclaration" (e-filing)).
  • You can follow the link provided above or complete the document which can be found here.
  • Passport photo
  • Medical Certificate (Needs to state that you are fit and healthy to teach sport. A letter from your GP will suffice) issued within 1 year of the date of application for your Carte Pro renewal
  • A copy of your current, valid BASI Licence.
  • Anyone making this declaration will be subject to an application for a criminal record check (bulletin No. 2) with the “service du Casier Judiciaire National” (national criminal records service) in accordance with Article 776 of the code de procedure penale (the criminal procedure code). The “fichier judiciaire automatisé des auteurs d’infractions sexuelles (FIJAIS)” (the sex offenders register) will also be consulted in accordance with Article 706-53-7 of the same code. In order to for these checks to be conducted, you may be asked to provide a copy of a disclosure certificate or Police report issued within 3 months of your application for renewal of your Carte Pro.

 

 

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