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ERIC Number: ED404068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 7
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The Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors: Instructor Certification Model.
Hanna, Glenda
Since its formation in 1976, the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) has certified over 2600 instructors across Canada. CANSI aims to provide a standard of excellence in certified nordic ski instruction by maintaining uniform and current nordic techniques, to encourage the skiing public to take advantage of the benefits of nordic ski instruction, and to provide supportive and stimulating resources to instructors through networking. A volunteer board of directors represents each of nine geographical regions. Three categories of membership status are available. Noncertification courses include an introduction to nordic ski instruction for school teachers and community members, a precourse for certification candidates, refreshers for existing instructors, and course-conductor briefings. Certification courses are available for various levels of expertise in cross country skiing and telemark skiing. Each CANSI certification course includes instruction, practice, and continuous evaluation in skiing techniques, teaching skills, and technical knowledge. CANSI members have access to various services and instructional resources. CANSI's responses to certification issues explain its gatekeeper role in maintaining instructor quality and conformity across regions, counter perceptions of organizational elitism, note that the underrepresentation of women is gradually changing, examine legal liability issues, and discuss the role of instructor judgment in safety. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada