How to Become a Ski Instructor in Italy
From the Alps to the Dolomites, Italy really does cater for skiers of all levels and is a great place to start your teaching career. The rules and regulations surrounding working in Italy as an Instructor vary from region to region but generally working in Italy is pretty straight forward and many of our students that take courses with us will go on to teach there at some point during their ski instructor career.
So what qualifications do you need to teach in Italy and how long can you work there for?
What qualifications do I need to work in Italy?
With a BASI Level 2 qualification you would be able to teach for a certain number of weeks/days in Italy during each winter season for an official Ski School or you could take your own clients. The number of days/weeks that you are able to teach for with your BASI level 2 license varies considerably from region to region so you would need to contact the Collegio Regionale that you are proposing to work for yo see exactly how many days you are entitled to. For example, the court of Trento have ruled that with the BASI Level 2 qualification you can work for up to 15 days within the season, whereas in the Aosta Valley you can work up to 28 days with your BASI Level 2 qualification within each season.
If you are looking to work for a ski school or with your own clients for the full season in Italy you will need to be qualified to a BASI Level 4 qualification and you would need to gain authorisation from the Collegio Regionale for the region in which you are looking to work.
Who can I work for in Italy?
There are many companies you can work for within Italy. One company in particular that lots of our students have gone on to work for over peak weeks is Interski who are based on the Aosta Valley. Interski is a great option for those of you that are looking to get your first experience of teaching under your belt and start building up your teaching hours for your BASI Level 3 qualification. Interski specialise in holidays for school and University groups which means, during holiday times they require considerably more instructors to cover the influx of groups. Usually companies like Interski offer travel and accommodation packages for instructors which make it a non hassle option for teaching and you still earn some spending money as well. Options like this are also great for those of you that are completing your BASI qualifications alongside University as your Uni holidays will generally fall around the same time as the ski schools busiest periods when they always need more instructors than they can find.