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Senior Specialist

*Cross Country participants please see bottom portion of page for our XC Senior Specialist Workbook.

Welcome to the opportunity to enhance your teaching skills with older adults. Teaching older adults, from novice to expert level, provides a unique challenge; requiring both strong foundations in the fundamentals of skiing as well as a solid grasp of the way older adults move, learn and engage in the sport.  The purpose of the Senior Specialist program is to provide educational training for instructors of all ages and various abilities to gain the tools and knowledge necessary to provide high-quality teaching and performance enhancement outcomes for the senior skier seeking lessons. To this end, PSIA-C has partnered with other divisions to create a curriculum to meet the unique needs of teaching to the senior population.

PSIA ASEA-C  is offering a Senior Specialist 1 education course. This is a certificate program which is based on an educational framework with an assessment component. The Senior Specialist program is based upon and adapted from the PSIA-NW Senior Specialist Standard referenced in its entirety in the appendix of the Senior Specialist Manual and on the Senior Specialist PSIA-NW website. The Senior Specialist Standard is derived upon existing National Standards including Alpine, Children, and Snowboard.

The premise of the Senior Specialist Standards is based upon the concepts of “levels of understanding” that define stages of learning within degrees of understanding. Just as certification is a measure of understanding, levels of certification represent stages of understanding. Although not a certification, Senior Specialist participants will be expected to meet levels of competency as defined by SS 1.  Participants will be held to the knowledge and performance standards of the level at which they are participating as well as the criteria for all preceding levels. Levels of participant expectation are based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, referenced further in the SS Standard.

The Senior Specialist program is multi-discipline.  Alpine, telemark, snowboard and adaptive members will use the same manual, workbook and quiz materials. The manual covers alpine fundamentals. Specific fundamentals for snowboard, telemark and adaptive members are provided in the resource links below. These disciplines will be included in the same, on-snow group. 

Senior Specialist 1 (SRS100)

(Alpine, Snowboard, Telemark, Adaptive)

What: A two-day course available to any Level I or higher PSIA AASI Central member.

There is a mandatory online workbook for this course that needs to be successfully completed before signing up for the On-Snow Exam. (On-Snow Registration is available 1 day after completing the Workbook online)

The Online workbook is free to current members. You will need to use the LMS system in order to access the Central Seniors Specialist Workbook. The login information for the LMS is the same as your National Account sign in information. Once you are logged in you will have access to Central’s Workbooks. Please, note that you must “purchase” the Senior Specialist Workbook and check out in order to gain access to a fillable form. Once purchased you can access the file via “My Learning” under the “My Account” tab. Once completed & submitted please allow for 1 business day before registering for the On-Snow portion of the course. If you are having trouble accessing the LMS system please contact the office at 231-335-4627 or by email at info@psia-c.org. 

Principles of the senior specific models, teaching cycle, theories and professional knowledge will be covered. Identification of critical skills and skill blending including senior specific movement pattern techniques that allow for efficient outcomes. A SS 1 certificate is awarded based upon the degree of participation and understanding including the “knowledge and comprehension” and “application and analysis” of course material. 

Steps to Signing up for Senior Specialist 

  1. Make sure you are current on your National & Central Dues
  2. Must have attained Level 1 certification or higher in any of the following disciplines Adaptive, Alpine, Snowboard or Telemark (Cross Country see Cross Country Senior Specialist below)
  3. Complete the Senior Specialist Workbook – See Resources below for item you will need to complete the workbook.
    1. Take Central’s Senior Specialist 1 Workbook Online – Once completed online a copy of the completed workbook should also be brought to the event. (Highly Recommended Option )
      1. Log In to the LMS using the same email/password as the National Site.
      2. Add the free Central Senior Specialist Workbook to your cart – You can find the workbook under the Workbooks tab
      3. Confirm your information & Checkout – Don’t worry it is still free!
      4. Once your order is complete you can follow the link provided in your order details or access your workbook via the “My Learning” tab under “My Account”. 
      5. You can register for the On-Snow event the day after submitting your completed workbook.*
    2. Take the PDF version of the Senior Workbook ( PDF available below)  
      1. Once complete you may enter your answers into the Online Workbook – Please bring a copy of the completed workbook to the On-Snow event. 
        • You may register for the On-Snow event the day after submitting your workbook online. See steps above on how to access the workbook*
      2. Mail completed Workbook to the Office – Please bring a copy of your completed workbook to the On-Snow event. 
        • Central Office – P.O Box 2144 Frankfort MI 49635
          • You will be able to register for the On-Snow event after the office has received & submitted your workbook.  After mailing your workbook, please allow at least 1 work week from time of delivery for the information to be entered into your account.

*Completion of the workbook does not immediately register a participant for the Senior Specialist 1 Course. Members that register for an event after the regular registration deadline will still be charged the non-refundable late fee regardless of when the Workbook is completed.

Senior Specialist 1 Workbook

If you prefer, you may download the *PDF version of the SS1 workbook.  

Senior Specialist 1 Workbook PDF

*If you would like to complete the workbook as a handwritten PDF, the completed workbook must be submitted to the Central Office prior to registering for the event. (Participants have the option to re-enter questions in the Online workbook form) After mailing your workbook, please allow at least 1 work week for the information to be entered into your account.   

Senior Specialist 1 Quiz

The Central’s Senior Specialist 1 quiz will be part of the on-snow portion of this event.   

 

Resources 

Resources for discovering the answers to the questions and tasks found in the online workbook and quiz are:

 

Other Resources

Ski/Ride Outcomes 

Alpine Specific Movement

Snowboard Specific Movements

Telemark Specific Movements  

 

Cross Country Senior Specialist 1

What: A two-day course available to any Cross Country Level I or higher PSIA member. The Cross Country Senior Specialist 1 Workbook must be completed prior to the event.

Principles of the senior specific models, teaching cycle, theories and professional knowledge will be covered. Identification of critical skills and skill blending including senior specific movement pattern techniques that allow for efficient outcomes. A SS 1 certificate is awarded based upon the degree of participation and understanding including the knowledge and comprehension and application and analysis of course material

*More information & Workbook to come.