Looking for a quick way into the instructor industry? Look no further! Our intensive 2-week Fast Trax Ski Instructor Course is a short, sweet and jam packed route to becoming a ski instructor.
Our Level 1 & 2 Anwärter Ski Instructor Courses in Austria are designed to give you the confidence and the practical skills and experience needed to be a Ski Instructor.
This is a super intense, but fun training course condensed into two weeks which will introduce you to the Austrian teaching progression. The Anwärter ski instructor courses in Austria, will break down and re-build your skiing to include new skills, technical knowledge and an understanding of how to pass on your knowledge to others during ski school lessons.
Ski Instructor Academy offers the very best comprehensive programmes on the market. We pride ourselves on our intense tuition, with On-Snow Practical Training Sessions plus HD Video Analysis, Snow Sports Theory and Avalanche Awareness Training.
Not only will you gain a qualification that is recognised and respected worldwide, but you will also be investing in your future as the qualification lasts indefinitely. Most importantly, we are able to offer you a guaranteed paid ski instructor job in a top Austrian ski school once you have completed your training. This is unique to Ski Instructor Academy.
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The possibility of employment can only exist if the candidate has successfully completed the SIA training program, passed the ski exams and completed all modules.
In order to be eligible for employment considerations after the completion of the program at the ski school, individuals must have the legal right to work in Austria or have a valid work visa / working holiday visa. Please refer to our Visa Guide for more details on the work permit you should apply for (if required).
If applicable, candidates looking for employment opportunities may be required to undergo an interview process for instructor positions with the Ski School.
Our 2-week instructor training course begins in December and is designed to prepare you for the Austrian “Anwärter” Level 1&2 instructor exams. Our team of coaches will fine tune your ski technique in all the areas, including basic plough skiing, carving, short turns and rhythm changes.
When your training is complete, you will be ready to take on the Level 1&2 exams and then immediately begin working as a paid ski instructor in Austria at your ski school.
- Student must be at a high-intermediate level, with the ability to link turns on black runs as a minimum.
- Students must be conversational in German.
- Additionally, any of the following languages would be beneficial, but not essential; Dutch, Danish, Swedish or Russian.
Your accommodation included on the program is in a comfortable, 3* Hotel with your breakfasts and evening meals included each day for the full duration of your stay.
The exams, lectures, theory and video analysis will all take place from the hotel base, meaning you are perfectly placed during your course.
I had the BEST time of my life becoming an instructor with SIA!! Didn’t know how to ski when I got there, had the strongest passion imaginable for skiing six weeks later!!
The Dual Course was awesome. I made some great friends, great memories and had the best winter ever. I earned a fantastic qualification which I used all season teaching skiing and snowboarding in Austria and I have used it to teach in California too! The ski schools really do value the teaching skills and training you receive from Ski Instructor Academy
I loved every second of it! Fantastic coaches for skiing and boarding, would definitely recommend Ski Instructor Academy to anyone thinking of becoming an instructor or furthering their instructor qualifications.
“What a great experience, the best coaches I’ve ever had! Would advise any friends and family to do it, also the best value for money of all the options I researched. Sehr gut!”
Our training team consists of highly qualified and experienced coaches. They will become your mentor, adviser and friend.
Quality Service Assured
We will bend over backwards to make sure you have the very best time with us on and off the slopes. Our in-resort team will be on hand to ensure you have the best experience so you’ll be counting down the days until your next SIA experience.
Your course will be packed full of training from start to finish with 5 days professional coaching per week. Intimate group sizes will allow you the personal attention you need to improve your skills and motivate you to push yourself further.
Our course offer the very best value, fully comprehensive and quality filled programmes on the market. We pride ourselves on the fact that like-for-like we can not be beaten.
You will earn your Austrian L1&L2 Instructor Licence (also known as an Anwärter Licence), this is an internationally respected instructor qualification which you can use to teach in most countries around the world.
We are able to offer you a guaranteed, paid ski instructor job in a top Austrian ski school once you have completed your training. (*spaces are limited)
Please see our Job Guarantee Guide for full details on the job placements and conditions.
If you don’t need or want to work after your course then that’s fine too, just let us know and we won’t arrange your job. Of course, you need to be legally allowed to work, so a working holiday visa or suitable passport will be required to qualify for our Job Guarantee. See our Essential Visa Guide for more info…
There are many variables that will affect both your work and your subsequent wage, such as snow conditions during the season, the economic climate, how mature and diligent you are as a worker, what qualification you hold and which ski school you work for.
AUSTRIA: the contract you have will give you a standard monthly wage for Level 2 instructors of €1.000 – €1.200 and with tax, health care, pension contributions deducted you may have cash in your hand of €700 – €1.000 per month. You will be taxed in Austria but you may apply to have that tax refunded if you did not exceed the tax band in your own country. We have had course participants make as much as €1.250 per month and as little as nothing when in a given month they were unemployable due to injury or finding themselves so low on the priority work list due to bad time keeping or poor work ethic that the ski school avoided using them. The ski schools will always favour instructors who are motivated and professional and avoid using poor workers except for very busy periods when they are desperate for staff.
Remember, what may be a gap year or season of fun for you is a professional business for your employer.
In our professional opinion, this course is not suitable for 95% of our students. The Fast Trax Course is ideally suited to very experienced skiers who speak German fluently and have a good grasp of technical skiing – around 5% of our students.
The ideal time frame to learn what is required, and to allow sufficient coaching to bring your skiing skills to instructor level is 5-6 weeks. If you don’t think you have the experience required for this course then check out our original, and most popular Anwärter Ski Instructor Course.
During these strange times we want you to feel safe and secure when it comes to your course fees and your booking.
Our Covid Confident Money Back Guarantee gives you complete peace of mind and flexibility when it comes to your booking with us.
This means that if your course is cancelled by SIA prior to your arrival date, for whatever reason, you can choose one of the following options:
- Switch your instructor course free of charge to a later date or destination
- Receive a full refund of your fees
Our guarantee applies to all travellers whether you have already booked your instructor course, or are considering booking. Meaning, you can book with confidence and look forward to an amazing season with SIA.
2021/22 will be the first season post-Brexit and will mean some additional red tape to what would historically have been a normal season. To work anywhere in the World now, incl. Europe, Brits will need a visa or permit to work.
The Authorities in Austria have said that they plan to have a ‘seasonnaire permit’ in place to allow workers short-term access to the employment market during the winter season. Whilst this is potentially great news, they haven’t released any further details on this as yet so it still leaves a little uncertainty on what will be required from UK nationals working in Austria.
(Latest update 24th March 2021)
You must be a minimum of 16 years old before you arrive into resort on our Austrian Courses.
You must be a minimum of 18 years old before you arrive in resort for our Canadian or Argentinian Courses (unless parental consent is obtained).
You must be a minimum of 18 years old to join any of our courses or internships which rely on a working holiday visa or work permit.
Although SIA courses are amongst the largest in the World, we manage to maintain very intimate training groups of between 4 and 8, but with no more than 8:1 students per trainer in Austria, Argentina and France and 10:1 in Canada. This allows us to match similar ability levels per group and means no student should ever feel as if they are falling behind, or being held back because of the group they are in.
We have various options for accommodation on our courses, all of which are very comfortable. We use a combination of shared apartments, houses and chalets. There are options to to include a single room, half board meals or both! (subject to availability and supplement). See our Accommodation page for more details on your options.
YES! As an instructor, ski schools will offer you subsidised staff housing as part of your employment contract. This is generally basic living, but a fun and very social environment with your fellow instructors and not to mention a very cheap way of living in a ski resort, with most ski schools only charging between €4 and €10 per day.
Note: If your course does not include a Job Guarantee or you do not wish to take up your position then accommodation will only be included during your course dates.
Sure! We love it when friends come together and share this amazing experience – after all sharing is caring! We can make sure you live together and also work in the same ski school together too so you can enjoy the time and make memories forever… just be sure to let us know who you’re travelling with.
We are so confident that we offer the very best value courses in the industry that we have our SIA Price Promise. We pride ourselves that we offer more training, higher quality coaching, better off-hill programs and more fun aprés events than any other course.
That’s why if you find a better value comparable course anywhere, not only will we match the course cost, but we will also give you an additional €100 off your course fees for good measure!
Get in touch to find out more about our Price Promise.
Yes! Once you have booked and paid your deposit then you will have the ability to pay off your course how you see fit as long as our minimum criteria has been met (see T&C’s). You can decide how much and how often you pay to suit your circumstances as long as your course fees are paid in full prior to your course. We do not add any interest charges for payment plans.
As much as we love dogs at SIA the simple answer is no.
Dogs are not allowed within SIA Accommodation. Ski Schools also ban pets from their accommodation.