About CS1 & CS2
Children’s Specialist 1 – Children’s Specialist 2
Who – What – When – Where – Why – How… And Reminders
The Children’s Specialist 1 is open to all Level I and above Certified members as the first step accreditation to teaching snowsports to children. Members may apply for Children’s Specialist 2 after obtaining Level II Certification.
These are nationally recognized “Certificate Based” programs that address teaching children specifically. The CS1 course includes an e-Learning course with a quiz at the end of each module to ensure comprehension of the learning material. The CS2 course includes an online workbook and an online quiz to validate the material learned in the workbook. Following the online components is a two day on-snow learning based environment that will cover children’s education needs. There is an evaluative component to the on-snow portion of the program. Successful completion of the course grants professional recognition to the instructor for their education, experience, and expertise in teaching snowsports to children.
It is required that members complete their Level I Certification first, followed by Children’s Specialist 1. Members could then pursue and pass their Level II Certification and then their Children’s Specialist 2. Members who are already Level II Certified may proceed directly to Children’s Specialist 2, but completing Children’s Specialist 1 first, is highly recommended.
The event calendar is a great tool to easily view where and when the Children’s Specialist courses are scheduled.
Nationally, children’s education in snowsports accounts for 69% of all of the snowsports school business. In part due to the demand for quality children’s educators, PSIA-AASI is offering 2 national certificate programs called Children’s Specialist 1, and Children’s Specialist 2. These programs are evaluative but they are different than certification assessments as the CS programs are highly educational in nature. They are national in scope as the content is the same from region to region and the process is also similar; both have an online component that must be completed prior to attending the course and both have an on-the-hill portion that is spread out over two days.
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