At present the French authorities only recognise Alpine qualifications, other disciplines being treated as offshoots. To work in France a UK instructor must comply with one of the following:
- Be part of the ESF system with a ski school holding the Centre de Formation status (training status), as a 'stagiaire' (trainee). This involves passing the Test Technique, a timed Slalom, organised by the DDJS (local département authority), at which the candidate must achieve a specified time. After obtaining the Test Technique and a First aid Certificate, the candidate enters the Préformation, a 2-week residential course, again run by the DDJS. After this, the candidate becomes a 'stagiaire' and can work for an approved ski school.
- Or, hold the BASI Alpine Level 2 Instructor Qualification or the BASI Alpine Level 3 ISIA Qualification & Test Technique, work as a 'stagiaire' with an approved ski school. Having entered the stagiaire system, the BASI Level 3 ISIA has a 3-year period to complete the BASI Level 4 ISTD Qualification (including the European Speed Test).
- Or, hold the BASI Alpine Level 3 ISIA Qualification and have passed the Test Technique
As France is a member of the EU, work permits are not required.
Only instructors qualified at BASI Level 4 ISTD level can work independently and take their own clients on to the hill.
Once obtained your Level 4 ISTD Qualification, you will need to apply for full French Equivalence for the region that you are going to work in to be able to teach independently or with a Ski School.
The procedure for applying to work in France has changed. The easisest and fastest way of applying is online, please click here