Regular Membership

The Regular Membership is for active Ski Instructors who are teaching and/or Members who wish to attend a Certification Program, or Pro Day during the season. Regular Members enjoy a wide-variety of Member Benefits including Pro Deals, General Liability Insurance and Accident, Death and Disability coverage.

Consult the Insurance section below for further information on Insurance. Certain conditions apply.

Cost of Membership varies depending on your status and on how many organizations you are affiliated with. To know the exact amount for your Membership please contact us here at the National Office.


Associate Membership

The Associate Membership is an option for Ski Instructors who are not planning on teaching or taking a Certification Program or Pro Day during the season, but still want to keep their Membership active. By changing your Membership to an Associate Member and paying the annual Membership fees, you will avoid having to pay a reinstatement fee.

For CSIA Members, the Associate Membership will allow you to continue to accrue your years of Membership, towards receiving a Recognition within the organization.

The Associate Member is eligible for the General Liability coverage when skiing on their own personal time; however is not eligible to the Accident, Death and Disability coverage*. Consult the Insurance section below for further information. Certain conditions apply.

Cost of Membership varies depending on your status and on how many organizations you are affiliated with. To know the exact amount for your Membership please contact us here at the National Office.


Affiliate Membership

The Affiliate Membership status is intended for Ski Instructors that have been granted an equivalency for their Foreign Certification. Affiliate Members can also take advantage of our Membership perks such as Pro Deals, Snow School job listings, Insurance Programs*, etc. Consult the complete list of Membership benefits below.

To become an Affiliate Member of the CSIA, Foreign Ski Instructors are required to:

  • Complete the Affiliate Membership Application Form. Qualifications will be taken into consideration upon review of the application to grant an equivalency.
  • Once an equivalency has been granted, the Foreign Instructor can become an Affiliate Member by paying an annual Membership fee of $170.60 CDN plus applicable taxes (for a single CSIA Membership).

Affiliate Members can register for a CSIA Program once the Affiliate Membership fee is paid for that season.

Affiliate Members will be considered Regular Members after successfully completing a CSIA Certification of equal or higher level than the Certification Level granted.

Affiliate Members can also apply for a Ski Instructor's position in one of the Canadian Snow Schools. Please click here to view the current Job Postings. Please note that Working Visas and/or legal papers are not provided by the National Office, but rather through your potential employer.

If you are interested in becoming a Member for the upcoming 2020-2021 season you will need to wait until September 2020 for the new Membership season to open to apply. Check back later this fall.

Upon reception of your Affiliate Membership Application and supporting documentation later this fall, we will treat your request and forward you all details by email. Please allow up to 5 business days for us to treat the request. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

*Subject to all restrictions and limitations described in the policy.


25, 40, 50 Year Membership

The 25 Year Membership is an exclusive Recognition given to CSIA Members that have paid their Membership fees for 25 consecutive or cumulative years. We also recognize 40 and 50 Year Members, with special certificates and pins.

Members having achieved this Recognition before or during the 2009-2010 season, as explained in the outcome of the April 2009 Special General Assembly communication, were grandfathered and would pay fees at a special rate in future years. These grandfathered members benefit from the same advantages as Regular Members, including Pro Deals, Insurance Coverage*, etc. For more information regarding the outcome of the April 2009 Special General Assembly, please click here.

Names of Members having received these Recognitions are listed under the section “Awards and Recognition”.





Anyone who held a CSIA Certification in the past and would like to activate it, can apply for reinstatement by filling out the online reinstatement application.

The reinstatement allows the Member to reactivate their Certification(s), without having to retake the Certification. To do so, you will be required to pay a reinstatement fee in addition to the current season’s membership fee and any applicable taxes. Note that reinstatement fees and Membership fees depends on the number of organizations you are affiliated with and your status with each.

Also, upon reinstatement, Members may be required to complete a Recall activity to ensure they are up-to-date on the current teaching methodologies. For further information on the Recall, please consult the Recall section below.

If you are interested in becoming a Member for the upcoming 2020-2021 season you will need to wait until September 2020 for the new Membership season to open to apply. Check back later this fall. 

Upon reception of the application form later this fall, the CSIA National Office will validate and send you all relevant information pertaining to membership by email. Please allow up to 5 business days for us to treat the request.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.



ISIA Requirements


As a Member of the International Ski Instructors’ Association (ISIA), the CSIA has the authority to issue the ISIA minimum standard international stamp to its Members. The stamp allows for an increased recognition of one's competencies at the International Level. There is no charge for the stamp.

A minimum number of 320 additional hours of Canadian Education is required to reach the ISIA minimum standard. Below are the three mandatory Programs one must have to obtain the stamp:

  • Mandatory: CSIA Level 3 Certification or other Canadian organization Certifications
  • Mandatory: Avalanche Skills Training (AST)
  • Mandatory: Valid First Aid Certification (from a recognized organization such as Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, etc)

The additional hours of training that make up 320 hours of Canadian Education, must be completed through the CSIA or one of the following organizations: ACA/CSCF, CASI, CANSI, CADS, CSGA or CFSA.

Programs including Courses, Exams, and Events will only count once, even if you attended them more than once or had to take the Program again before passing. The reason they are not counted more than once, is because you are reviewing the same information and material and is not to be considered as additional training hours.

Private training programs or Snow School training programs are not eligible. Also note that when referring to Education hours, this means the hours attending Programs, we do not count the amount of hours you have worked at a Snow School.

To submit an application, please click here.





In order to maintain the integrity of your Membership, it is mandatory for all CSIA Members to participate in a Recall activity. This activity can be completed every year if desired, but is required at least once every 3 (three years). Your CSIA Recall year is displayed on your downloadable Membership Card.

CSIA Recall consists of either completing the CSIA Online Recall Module or by participating in a CSIA Certification Program.

The Online Recall Module reviews components of safe teaching and risk management, guest service, our code of ethics as well as the CSIA Mission Statement and value. Those components provide an update on the current teaching methodologies.

It is in the Members’ best interest to keep their Certification up to date. It helps to maintain your Certification’s integrity, especially given the fact that numerous employers do verify the recall year. It also helps when Ski Instructors quite often return to teaching at Snow Schools year later.

To access the CSIA Online Recall Module please login to your Member Area. Once logged in select My Resources. If you wish to register for a CSIA Certification Program, use Search and Register on the homepage.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.





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Save up to 50% on your next ski equipment deal when you purchase with participating manufacturers, through our Pro Deals Program.

For details on how the program works consult the Pro Deals section below.



General Liability and Accident, Death and Disability Insurance coverage, as part of your membership.

Travel Insurance program with Securiglobe.

Preferential rates on your next Home and Car Insurance coverage with GPL. Details



Scholarship Program available to help you reach your next level of Certification. Details

Visit our YouTube channel and Vimeo channel for training videos (covering both technique and teaching methodology).


CSIA Store

Brand-name CSIA logoed products and accessories are offered exclusively to our Members at special discounted prices. Visit our online CSIA Store.


Stay Informed

Get the latest news through Ski Pro Online click here.



Substantial rebates on lodging with Choice Hotels. Preferential rates are offered on your next car rental with National, Alamo and Avis. Codes are available in your Member Area/Pro Deals.



Lift Ticket Discount for Program/Course Candidates: Benefit from reduced lift tickets at participating Resorts. Contact your local Resort in advance to confirm lift ticket details. NEW as of 2020, as a CSIA Member, save 32% off ticket window prices at over 80 Canadian Resorts. Buy a pack of 5, 10 or 20 Lift Passes from the CSC website with our promo code.

NEW Get a 2 year MINTZ Enhanced (Canadian) Criminal Background Check for $25 as a CSIA Member.

Tax Benefit: The CSIA is an officially recognized federal and provincial educational institution. As such, Members will receive a Tax Deductible Receipt when participating in Programs and select Events.



Pro Deals


How does the Pro Deals Program work?

The CSIA Pro Deals Program is open to all active CSIA Members in good standing.

Each CSIA Member is entitled to 1 (one) set of Pro Deal equipment per season purchased in Canada. Your downloadable Membership Card (from My Profile) is equipped with an image for items that may be purchased through the Pro Deals Program. Your card will be validated at the time of purchase, so please assure that you present your valid Membership card on your smartphone or printed out at the time of purchase, otherwise your order will be refused.

There is no deadline to purchase your equipment (details below). However, stock is limited so first come, first served.


How do I purchase my equipment?

The CSIA Pro Deals Program varies depending on the manufacturer. Some will direct you to their online store and others will provide you with a PDF order form. For those who provide a PDF, you can either place your order directly with the manufacturer or you can present yourself in a participating retailer in Canada with the PDF form.

Unfortunately the CSIA National Office is not provided with a list of the many different retailers across Canada that participate in the Program. We strongly suggest giving your local retailer a call and speak with a Manager to inquire whether or not they participate in the CSIA Pro Deals Program.

Please be friendly and very respectful of the staff at the participating retail store as they are providing CSIA Instructors with a service. If you have clients looking to purchase equipment, recommend the store where you bought your Pro Deal equipment, to return the service.

The CSIA National Office acts as the liaison for the manufacturer. If you have questions regarding products, pricing, etc., please contact the specific manufacturer or a participating retail store that carries the brand of your interest.

Please login to your Member Area/My Pro Deals to view this season’s Pro Deals.





General Liability Insurance

The CSIA Third Party Liability Policy is insured through Lloyd's of London. The policy provides general liability insurance with respect to Third Party Property Damage and Bodily Injury claims against the CSIA. All operations of the organization are covered including administration; National Programs, Regional Committees and their activities, etc.

A secondary purpose of the CSIA Liability Policy is to provide excess coverage for Members, beyond the insurance provided by employers such as Ski Areas and Snow Schools. The CSIA policy will respond in excess of other insurance in place for current CSIA Members. It will not respond as primary insurance for Members or Employers.

The policy may respond to defend Members in several situations, including while they are skiing on their own personal time or when teaching for a Snow School. If a Member is teaching at the time of an incident, the Employer's policy will respond first to defend the Member. However, if the Employer's coverage was inadequate (i.e., the limit was exhausted) the CSIA policy would respond in excess of the Employer's insurance. In the case of an incident while the Member was skiing on their own personal time, the liability insurance provided as part of the Member's homeowner or tenant's policy would respond first. (All CSIA Members are therefore strongly encouraged to carry their own homeowner's or tenant's insurance policy). The CSIA policy would respond second (excess) if required.

The CSIA General Liability Insurance will not respond to cover uninsured Snow Schools that employ current Members. Each Snow School must secure their own liability coverage.

The CSIA policy does not cover CSIA Members' freelance teaching activities. This activity is generally not condoned at Ski Resorts across Canada so Members considering it are encouraged to first secure agreement with the host resort. 

The CSIA liability policy provides worldwide coverage for Members who are Canadian Residents. Any lawsuits against the CSIA or its Members must be launched within Canada for the policy to respond. Foreign Members must secure their own independent insurance coverage for any activities outside of Canada.

This document is a partial summary explaining the application of our Members' Liability Insurance coverage. It does not replace the complete wording of the policy. In the event of a discrepancy between this partial summary and the policy wording, the policy wording shall prevail.


Accident, Death and Disability Insurance

The Accident, Death and Disability policy provides benefits in the event of an accident*. All CSIA Members in good standing, under 70 years of age, are eligible to this program. Members are covered when performing the normal and regular duties, which pertain to their occupation as a Ski Instructor and for which they are being remunerated (while under the employment of a Snow School).

*Subject to all restrictions and limitations described in the policy.

This plan also provides Members with insurance while they are travelling directly to or from their residence and the premises of their duties, along a normal or reasonable route, without delay or stop-over. Members are not covered while attending Programs for which they do not receive remuneration from their Employer.

A claim must be submitted as soon as possible, and within the prescribed time frames of each section listed in the policy, if applicable. No claim will be valid after three hundred and sixty-five (365) days following the date of the accident or the beginning of the disability.

Please click here to view the policy in its entirety.

For any questions relating to the General Liability or the Accident, Death and Disability coverage, please contact the National Office at 1-800-811-6428, Ext. 0 or by email at


Travel Insurance Program

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We know that the premiums associated with Medical Travel Insurance outside your home province or country can be very pricey and in a lot of cases, come with restrictions pertaining to the profession of Ski Teaching. Regardless, whether you want to enjoy a safari in the Serengeti or not, it is always strongly recommended to purchase the appropriate Travel Insurance.

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  • Trip Cancellation and Interruption
  • Medical Expenses up to $5,000,000
  • Non-Medical Package
  • All-Inclusive Package

Their priority is providing you with travel protection that both fits your needs perfectly and provides unparalleled service. Travel with peace of mind knowing you are well protected.

For a quote, please call toll-free 1-877-442-0442 or visit
Please login to your Member Area to access your CSIA Group ID Code.


Home and Auto Insurance Program

For CSIA Members residing in the Province of Québec only:

Is your current Home and Auto Insurance policy up for renewal? Why not give GPL Assurance a call for a free quote? As a Member in good standing, not only do you benefit from preferential rates but you'll also enjoy their great service. For more information, please contact them at 450-978-4446 or visit their website at



CSIA Scholarship Program


The CSIA continues to promote ongoing education through its Scholarship Program. Financial assistance is made available to aspiring full-time and part-time Ski Instructors that have unmistakably demonstrated their commitment to the sport of skiing and have distinguished themselves by their initiative and involvement in their Snow School. We are very proud to say that the Scholarship Program is funded through voluntary contributions received from CSIA Members at large.

This text is gender-neutral, addressing both women and men.

The CSIA Scholarship Program will cover all registration fees for the applicant to achieve their next Certification level*, relative to their current status. Applicants can select one of the following combinations of nationally sanctioned programs (in whole or in part):

  • Level 2 Skier or Teacher Development + Level 2 Exam + 1 Pro Day
  • Level 3 Skier or Teacher Development + 1 Pro Day
  • Level 3 Exam
  • Trainer Development + Trainer Exam
  • Level 4 Selection Camp + Trainer Exam

*Level 3 applicants can only select either the Skier or Teacher Development or Exam portion.

The Candidate must:

  • be a Regular Member in good standing of the CSIA;
  • include a summary of their involvement and dedication within his Snow School, including any specific achievements or recognitions received and outline their career objectives within the Ski Industry;
  • include a letter of recommendation from their Snow School Director;
  • clearly demonstrate financial need;
  • be submitting their 1st Scholarship request in three years;
  • send their Scholarship request by December 4th, 2020;
  • mention the Course location and date they are applying for;
  • To apply for the Scholarship, please login to your Member Area, then select Scholarship Application from the drop down menu.

The Scholarships shall be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • all of the above-mentioned information has been submitted;
  • priority will be given to full-time seasonal and part-time CSIA Ski Instructors whose sole revenues come from ski instruction;
  • a maximum of two letters received from the same Snow School Director will be accepted for the same Program;
  • the Scholarship will be valid for the period starting January 1st, 2021 to June 30th, 2021;
  • should the Program that you have been awarded be cancelled, the Scholarship amount will be carried over to the following season, subject to Candidate’s written confirmation of the new Program;
  • only one Scholarship, will be granted per Member in a three (3) year period;
  • the Scholarship request is subject to space availability at the time of registration;
  • all requests received after the December 4th, 2020 deadline must reapply for the following season;

Selection Process and Communication:

  • the CSIA Selection Committee will be responsible for the selection of the Candidates;
  • all Candidates will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision in January 2021 in writing (email or letter), by telephone or by other means deemed adequate.

Send your letter and any other supporting documents to: using your Member # as the subject, or by mail to:

Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance
Scholarship Program Selection Committee
401–8615 Saint-Laurent Blvd
Montréal, QC H2P 2M9



Snow School Directors (SSD)


The CSIA provides the following to Snow School Directors at no cost

  • Advertise job postings on the CSIA website (self service in Connexence) and official LinkedIn page (optional);
  • Preferred price on a "Communications eblast" to the membership (25% rebate);
  • Research payment status and certification of your Ski Instructors;
  • Purchase and consult documents related to the Skier Development Programs;
  • Participate in ZOOM Webinars with CSIA Directors and Regional EPC and RACs to discuss SSD topics;
  • Receive promotional material from CSIA (such as the affiliate CSIA Snow School Identification Window Sticker);
  • Partake in the CSIA Instructor of the Year Award;

Create an Account for SSD

If your organization does NOT have a Snow School Directors Account, please contact the CSIA National Office by email at and provide us with the following, so we can create an account for you:

  • Name of organization
  • Mailing address & physical address if different
  • Website & email address
  • Telephone number
  • Fax number
  • Name of contact person for the organization including their email and phone number



Awards & Recognition


Hall of Fame

CSIA's National Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the history of the organization, inspiring and encouraging the development of young Ski Instructors, and enshrining CSIA Icons and Legends who have made a significant contribution to the growth and well-being of the CSIA on a National scale and to the sport of skiing and ski teaching. The CSIA thanks Mike DesBrisay, Martin Jean and other cherished Members who have contributed to the esteemed process over time. 

Anyone to recommend? Submit a nomination for the Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Members

25 Year Members

40 Year Members

50 Year Members

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