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Perisher Instructor Academy

The Perisher Academy is a seven day program designed to prepare individuals with no teaching experience towards the Australian Professional Snowsports Instructors (APSI) Level 1 Instructor exam.

We work closely with the APSI and all our Trainers are APSI certified and current APSI Trainers and Examiners.

Whether you are interested in a job or just after a qualification, if you have ever wondered what being a Snowsports Instructor is all about or you would like to take your skiing or riding to instructor level, this is the course for you.

The Perisher Academy is an APSI Level 1 Instructor prep-course and includes:

  • 3 day skills training to improve your skiing or riding ability
  • 4 day Level 1 pre-course and exam with the APSI
  • APSI membership, manual, pre-course and exam cost
  • Video analysis and lectures

Total Cost: $1355

Dates: 21 June to 27 June 2015

Application Close: 18 June 2015

Registration is now available online

Upon successful completion of the course you have the opportunity to work with the Perisher Snowsports School and be able to continue your professional development if you wish.

(Minimum age of 18 years applies for employment; minimum age for Perisher Instructor Academy participation is 16 years).

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What skill level do I need?

As a skier, you should be of a high intermediate level and be able to confidently parallel on groomed intermediate (blue) terrain.

As a snowboarder, you should be able to turn in both directions (toe and heel side) and control speed on groomed intermediate (blue) terrain and demonstrate confidence while riding with one foot out of the binding.

What else is needed?

You will need to be an encouraging, empathetic and outgoing personality, love the outdoors and like to work with people.


You will need to organise your own accommodation during the course, you can either opt to stay on the mountain or in near-by Jindabyne.

Becoming an Instructor

To become a qualified Snowsports Instructor in Australia, you will need to have trained and be certified by the Australian Professional Snowsports Instructors Inc. (APSI). There are four levels of certification in the Australian system with the Level 1 the first step towards a Snowsports Instructor career.

The four APSI Levels are:

  • Level 1 Instructor
    This is where you start your career as a Snowsports Instructor. Only the Level 1 certification can be obtained without being employed by a Snowsports School. Employed Snowsports School staff will have the opportunity to train and learn in their home resort and many people choose to take this exam during their first teaching season.
  • Level 2 Instructor
    Level 2 certification will equip you to be a competent and well-resourced instructor with developing skills.
  • Level 3 Instructor
    Level 3 certification means that you have achieved a high level of teaching, skiing and riding skills.
    This level is recognised internationally with the International Ski Instructor's Association (ISIA) certification.
    To achieve this recognition you will be required to demonstrate additional skills such as the ability to teach in a second language, have a current first aid qualification and training in a second discipline.
  • Level 4 Instructor
    This the highest level of certification available in Australia. It denotes a highly skilled expert in demonstrating, teaching, skiing or riding. A Level 4 APSI certification is highly sought and valued both in Australia and overseas.
    Once you have achieved this status there are training and examining opportunities ahead of you.

Getting a job with Perisher Snowsports School

As a successful candidate you will be offered the future opportunity to work with the Perisher Snowsports School either this season or the next. For overseas candidates, you will need proof a valid work visa to be employed.

Perisher is the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere. Combining the opportunity to spend every day sliding on the snow and its unique setting, what better job is there?

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Things I need to know

PLEASE NOTE - All positions for the 2015 winter season are currently filled.


You will need to provide your own ski or snowboard equipment. If you prefer to hire equipment during the Perisher Instructor Academy course, you will be able to do so. Perisher Snowsports Hire has the latest ski and board gear and special discounts will apply to Perisher's Instructor Academy participants for the duration of the course.

Alternatively, if you need to stock up on new equipment, Perisher's on-mountain Slopestyle Mountain Sports outlet will be able to cover all your needs.


Usually your accommodation will offer storage facilities, however, if you prefer to leave your equipment on the mountain, we will be able to provide ski and boot lockers at a discounted rate.