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
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:
1 Rue Joseph Chanrion
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.