CADS Certification

CADS volunteer have the opportunity to achieve a number of levels of CADS instructor certification. Our certification criteria has been established by the CADS Alpine Technical Committee with respect to norms defined in the CADS Certification Kit. While CSIA/CASI Certification is not a requirement to take CADS Certification, there are some CSIA/CASI training components. Candidates who have a CSIA/CASI Certification (Level I – IV) will have automatically met those related requirements for CADS Certification.

CADS Level 1 – Instructor

Requirements: A candidate for CADS Level 1 Certification requires six hours of instruction in CSIA/CASI teaching methodology. This instruction may be a combination of the original training course and clinics over a period of time including the indoor training session, CSIA Progression Clinics and Clinics covering 3-Track, 4-Track, Blind, Sit-ski, LD, DD and the use of specialized equipment. Open book exam.

CADS Level 2 – Instructor

Requirements: A candidate for CADS Level 2 Certification requires 18 hours instruction in CSIA/CASI teaching methodology. This instruction may be a combination of the original training course and clinics over a period of time.

CADS Level 2a – Instructor

Two situations are considered to achieve certification as a sit-ski instructor:

  • Able-bodied Instructor

    : Must be a Certified CADS Level 2 Instructor and teach sit-skiing for a minimum of one season after attaining a CADS Level 2 certification. The candidate must demonstrate and pass the Sitski Ski-Off as a defined in the Certification Kit. Upon passing the Ski-Off the candidate’s Certification Card shall be signed to indicate the additional qualification.

  • Person with a disability

    : A person with a disability who normally skis in a sit-ski can have the opportunity to be tested in the sit-ski phase or in all phases of testing for CADS Certification. A person who has passed one or more Ski-Offs shall have the appropriate section completed on the CADS Certification Card.

CADS Level 3 – Examiner

A candidate, whose application has been accepted to become an Examiner will be designated as a “Rookie Examiner” until such time as all the requirements, including Sitski certification, to become an Examiner, as defined in the CADS Policy Manual, has been fulfilled.

CADS Level 4 – Senior Examiner

To fulfill the requirements for this position the candidate must have had considerable experience as a Ski Instructor, examining Instructors and fulfills the requirements for this position as defined in the CADS policy Manual.

Certification Card

The Certification Card includes a section on the back to confirm the certification levels an instructor has achieved.

NOTE: More detailed technical requirements and specifications can be found in the CADS Certification Kit or requested from the CADS Technical Committee (teccom@cadscalgary.ca).