As a member of the international snowsports community UK Snowsports welcomes coaches, leaders and instructors holding qualifications issued by non UK Snowsports Member Awarding Bodies. Holders of such qualifications can apply to UK Snowsports for recognition of equivalency of their awards. If successful an applicant will be awarded the appropriate level of UK Snowsports qualification and licence and will receive all usual member benefits.

A simple outline of the process is in the diagram below.

Applicants wishing to apply for equivalency should:

·         Firstly, Register with Snowsport England under the category equivalency application here 

·         Complete the Equivalency Form  (click below)

·         Pay an application fee of £30.00.  This fee covers time spent checking and verifying their qualifications.

·         Be in good standing order with current awarding body (have an up to date qualification / licence)


Complete the attached application for equivalency, enclosing:

·         A copy of their current licence and certificate [if a certificate is issued]

·         A copy of their current first aid certificate [a current first aid certificate is a requirement for holders of UKSS awards]

·         Contact details for the body awarding the qualification

·         A summary of the award and its range of operation

·         A completed request for disclosure from your awarding body

Applicants will not be formally examined during this refresher but it may be the case that the applicant will be required to complete an action plan before the appropriate UKSS licence is issued.

On verification of award and equivalency level paper work, the member will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS check, a safeguarding children course and to be observed by a senior tutor or attend a refresher day.

On completion of the above the applicant will be awarded the appropriate, equivalent UKSS qualification. On awarding of the appropriate qualification applicants will be required to pay their UKSS member body’s annual registration fees, to attend refreshers and courses in the same manner as any other qualified member.

It is not possible to produce an exhaustive list indicating likely equivalency for each and every coaching, leading and instructing award offered throughout the skiing world. Each award is considered on its own merits. 

We look forwards to welcoming you into our community and to skiing or riding together.



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