UKSS - Level 1 Snowboard Instructor


If you want to put something back into the sport that you love, then the Level 1 award allows to work with beginning skiers at a local ski centre or ski club. Level 1 instructors can teach riders from their first lesson up to basic linked turns.

Many level 1 instructors work part time, some purely for the love of the sport, others for payment.

The level 1 award also provides younger instructors with important life skills which can be transferred to a number of other areas.


This award has three core components:

  • The Level 1 training course, this is delivered at a local ski centre and takes a minimum of 2 days or 12 hours
  • Further workplace training. This involves you working with a mentor – a more experienced instructor or coach to help you to develop your skiing and coaching abilities.
  • The Level 1 Assessment. This can take place at your local ski centre. Some Level 1 Assessments are conducted one on one at a time of your choosing. Other candidates prefer to be assessed together with a group of colleagues. You will be expected to show that you can run a safe coaching session and that your personal skiing is adequate.

In most circumstances candidates are expected to be 16 years of age or older. However, a young persons’ training course has been developed for young people actively involved in skiing and sport. These courses can be attended by candidates of 14-16 years of age. Candidates are given a certificate to confirm their ‘trained’ status and can present themselves for assessment after they reach 16 years of age.


To be licenced all coaches and instructors must also:

  • Be registered with Snowsport England
  • Hold an appropriate first aid certificate
  • Have an appropriate DBS - see DBS disclosures
  • Have attended a safeguarding children in sport course
  • Every three years you are required to attend an appropriate course to refresh your award. In the case of the level 1 award that can be a one day refresher course or a level 2 training course.
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