Development Awards

Instructor  Development Courses

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The Awards

Development instructors operate within clubs, organisations and ski centres working with recreation skiers from complete beginner to expert and beyond.

Each award is structured with candidates completing a training course, then undertaking further workplace training and a final examination. This allows you to develop as an instructor or coach at your own rate. You take the examination when you are ready

The pathway starts with the level 1 award which licences the instructor to work at a snowdome or artificial ski slope with beginning skiers. This is the first step on the instructing ladder. Once you have completed the level 1 award you can then start training for Level 2. This award allows you to operate at a snowdome or dry ski slope with more expert skiers.

Many Level 2 instructors then take the step to train as a level 3 coach. The level 3 coach allows the holder to work with their skiers on a long term basis, planning and designing a training programme. Our most highly qualified development coaches hold the internationally recognised Level 4 licence. In addition to their UK licence Level 4 coaches are awarded a separate international accreditation which is recognised by the snowsports community worldwide.


  • The Level 1 Instructor Award trains and qualifies candidates to work with novice participants on artificial slopes.
  • The Level 2 Instructor Award trains and qualifies candidates to work with advanced participants on artificial slopes.
  • The Level 3 Coach Award trains and licences candidates to work with a skiers on a long term basis at a local ski centre, planning and modifying a programme rather than just delivering individual lessons.
  • The Level 4 Coach Award trains and qualifies candidates to work with club participants in an alpine environment and lays the ground to prepare candidates as course tutors, developing the next generation of skiers and coaches

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