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Snowsport Scotland is the awarding body for all UK Snowsport qualifications (UKSS) in Scotland and offers a full range of courses that will train, assess and license you to become a fully qualified instructor, performance coach or leader.

The purpose of this 1-day UKSS Mountain Induction training course is to take candidates with UK Snowsport artificial ski or snowboard instructor or coaching qualifications (or equivalent) and train and equip them with the necessary skills to operate safely within the remit of their award at Scottish mountain ski resorts.

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In order to attend the course you must be aged 16 years old at the date of the course, hold a current Snowsport Scotland instructor/coach/leader membership and hold licensed or trained* status for one of the following listed qualifications.

UK Snowsport Foundation Instructor (Ski or Snowboard) - UK Snowsport Instructor (Ski or Snowboard) - UK Snowsport Foundation Performance Coach (Alpine or P+P) - An accepted equivalent from an alternative awarding body (For example, IASI or BASI).

* If candidates hold only trained status then they must continue to operate with the remit of that status – which dictates a role of only assisting licensed and qualified staff under direct supervision.

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It is not necessary for you to have any in-depth mountain safety knowledge, prior to attending the training course but you are required to undertake prescribed pre-reading and learning to ensure you arrive with a base level of knowledge.


This training course is delivered by an appointed tutor in a Scottish Mountain ski area. The course will last for a minimum of 8 hours. It may be delivered over two days, together or separate or a series of 4 shorter sessions with a minimum duration of 2 hours each.


Throughout the training your tutor will conduct a continual assessment of your abilities to absorb knowledge, understand and assess risk and deliver safe sessions, managing groups effectively in the mountain environment. The assessment will be conducted by means of candidates running sessions with peers on the course.


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Following the successful completion and passing of a mountain induction training you will be required to complete a series of logbook tasks which relate to delivery and knowledge of the proposed place of work.

These logbook tasks must be completed to the satisfaction the ski school manager or club head coach that will be deploying you into the mountain environment. All tasks are listed in the OVERVIEW document above.

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