Senior Specialist

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/riding 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-AASI-C has partnered with other divisions to create a curriculum to meet the unique needs of teaching to the senior population.

PSIA AASI-C  is offering a Senior Specialist 1 and Senior Specialist 2 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-AASI-NW Senior Specialist Standard referenced in its entirety in the appendix of the Senior Specialist Manual and on the Senior Specialist PSIA-AASI-NW website. The Senior Specialist Standard is derived upon existing National Standards including Alpine, Children, Telemark 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 SrS 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 expectations are based on Bloom’s Taxonomy of Remembering, Understanding and Applying.  The SrS2 focuses on the beginner through advanced skier/rider and will include Bloom’s Taxonomy of Analysis, Evaluating and Creating a lesson for a senior profile skier/rider. 

The Senior Specialist program is multidisciplinary.  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.


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

    In the Senior Specialist 1 (SrS 1) course the 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. An SrS 1 certificate is awarded based upon the degree of participation and understanding including the “knowledge and comprehension” and “application and analysis” of course material. There is a mandatory online workbook for this course that is needed to be successfully completed prior to registering for the On-Snow event. 

    The quiz will be part of the on-snow portion. An SrS 1 certificate is awarded based upon the degree of participation and understanding including the synthesis and evaluation of course material.

     
    Prerequisites for the Central Senior Specialist 1

    • Current PSIA AASI Member
    • Must have attained a Level I Certification in any of the following disciplines Adaptive, Alpine, Snowboard or Telemark
    • Complete & Submit the Senior Specialist Workbook (Please bring a copy to your event)

    For access and additional resources on the Online Senior Specialist Workbook can be found here.

    The Senior Specialist Workbook is also available as a PDF. 

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

    Additional Resources

    *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.  

    Please submit PDF or Handwritten Workbooks to submissions@psia-c.org or by postal mail to P.O Box 2144, Frankfort, MI, 49635

    *The download below is available as a fillable pdf. Please note in order to fill the pdf electronically you must have a basic pdf reader application. (Free versions are available through most app stores. (Adobe PDF Reader))

    Senior Specialist 1 Workbook PDF
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    For email workbook submissions, submitted workbooks are added each week on the mornings of Monday, Wednesday and Friday(Holidays may affect these days). Please allow for at least two business days for your workbook pass to be added to your account. If after the two days you are still unable to register online please contact us at info@psia-c.org or at 231-335-4627.  For postal mail, allow at least 7 business days after submission. Please note sending your workbook via the submissions email is highly recommended.

  • What: A two-day course available to Level 2 or higher PSIA AASI Central member who has successfully completed the SrS 1 course at least one season prior to the SS 2.

    The SrS 2 includes a teaching component and a rigorous curriculum focusing on the beginning through advanced skier applying concepts, tactics and theory specific to coaching the senior learner. This includes a deeper exploration into the cognitive and effective attributes of a senior as well as identification of movement pattern techniques for the advanced level skier. There is a mandatory workbook for this course that both need to be successfully completed two weeks prior to the on-snow event. The quiz will be part of the on-snow portion.  A SrS 2 certificate is awarded based upon the degree of participation and understanding including the synthesis and evaluation of course material. 

    Prerequisites for the Central Senior Specialist 2

    • Current PSIA AASI Member
    • Must have attained a Level II Certification or higher in any of the following disciplines Adaptive, Alpine, Snowboard or Telemark
    • Have successfully completed the Senior Specialist 1 course.

    The Senior Specialist 2 Workbook is currently only available as a PDF. All Workbooks must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the On-Snow Event. Please forward all workbooks to the office at submissions@psia-c.org or P.O. Box 2144 Frankfort, MI, 49635.

    Central's Senior Specialist 2 Workbook
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    Resources for discovering the answers to the questions and tasks found in the online workbook and onhill quiz are:

    Additional Resources

  • Welcome to the PSIA-C Cross Country Senior Specialist Program’s inaugural season. The XC Senior Specialist Program closely mirrors the program developed by PSIA-NW for the Alpine disciplines. It has been adapted to reflect the characteristics of xc skiing and to meet the needs of Central’s xc instructors.

    Central is the first Division of PSIA to offer an XC Senior Specialist Program.

    The XC Senior Specialist Program offers xc instructors of all ages and certification levels the training needed to enhance seniors’ lessons and to reach the ever-expanding senior market in Central Division. Central’s XC Senior Specialist Program consists of two-course levels, SrS1 and SrS2.

    The SrS1 course is offered to Level I, II and III Certified Instructors. It is a group project based course offering incentives toward high levels of understanding. The SrS1 course focuses on beginner and novice skiers using a classic technique.

    The SrS2 course is under development and will be offered to Level II and III instructors who have completed SrS1. It focuses on beginner and novice skiers through advanced skiers using both classic and freestyle techniques.

    Senior beginner and novice skiers may exhibit combinations of unique characteristics. As SrS1 candidates will discover, seniors bring many strengths to the learning process. Seniors may also bring challenges to their learning based on cognitive, affective and/or physical attributes. Successful SrS1 instructors learn to leverage seniors’ strengths and to address seniors’ challenges. SrS1 instructors become empowered to enhance the Learning Partnership and to develop faithful customers.

    For the XC Senior Specialist program, PSIA-NW’s Senior Specialist Manual(2018) is the primary resource. In addition, xc instructors will study the XC Senior Specialist Addendum, and complete the XC Senior Specialist Workbook.

    The XC Senior Specialist Program closely mirrors the PSIA-NW Senior Specialist Program developed for the Alpine disciplines. PSIA’C’s XC Senior Specialist has been adapted to reflect the characteristics of xc skiing and to meet the needs of PSIA-C XC Instructors.


    What: The XC Senior Specialist Program offers xc Instructors of all ages and certification levels the training needed to enhance seniors’ lessons and to reach the ever-expanding senior market in Central Division. This two-day(12 CEU) course is available to any Cross Country Level I or higher PSIA member.

    How: The XC SS1 course is offered to Level I, II and III Certified Instructors. The two-day clinic is a group project-based course offering incentives toward high levels of understanding. The XC SS1 course focuses on beginner and novice skiers using classic technique.

    Download all of the course materials here.

    These materials include a Workbook that is to be returned at least one week prior to the clinic. The workbook is set as a fillable pdf. 

    Completed Workbooks can be sent to by email to doak.wes.xc@gmail.com