Here it is, our legendary Anwärter Ski Instructor Program. This is the first step towards a newer, better, funnier, happier, more awesome you! Adventure is calling…
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. You will perform at your best with more knowledge and understanding of the snowsports industry than your peers.
This is an intense, but fun training course spread over four, five, or six 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 a full 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 — you will benefit from 25 hours per week On-Snow Practical Training Sessions plus HD Video Analysis, Snow Sports Theory, Avalanche Awareness Training, and the fantastic German Language Kick Off Camp.
It’s not all work and no play though! When the weekend comes around you will be able to enjoy your beautiful surroundings, whether you’re on the mountain or in the valley. You will also love the fantastic night life, and activities such as sky diving and tobogganing. 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
THE SIA JOB GUARANTEE
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.
The course was outstanding, the teaching level was unbeatable, the location was superb and the instructors and people that are part of the SIA team are remarkable… I wish I could do it all over again!
“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!”
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.
Absolutely life changing! When I first arrived I was quite unsure of what to expect, coming from a small town in the UK and feeling really nervous. The course exceeded anything I could of ever dreamed of; meeting what are now my best friends and spending 3 months living the ski dream!
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 offer the Anwärter Course as four, five, or six week programs. In a perfect world, we would like to see everyone join the six or five week program, as this is what we feel is the optimum period of training, and balance of learning vs rest days for the Anwärter exams.
We do offer shorter courses for those who are either very limited by time and cannot commit to six weeks, or for those who are confident, expert skiers who perhaps don’t need as much coaching as others. The shorter courses do carry a higher risk of not meeting the grade to pass as there is significantly less coaching when compared to the six week courses, so we do recommend people where possible to join the six week program.
We recommend a minimum of 20 weeks experience and a good understanding of the German language to join the 4-week program.
We are able to offer you a guaranteed, paid ski instructor job in a top Austrian or Japanese ski school once you have completed your training. You can choose which of our Job Guarantees suits you best — Austria or Japan*! (*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.
Our Anwärter Courses in Austria are located in Kaprun – Zell am See, our home town. We have an amazing set up here and can offer you a course experience like nothing you could imagine, it’s epic!
We also run a Southern Winter Course in Bariloche, Argentina. This truly is a once in a lifetime adventure, skiing the Andes and soaking in South American culture during the Summer months is a must if you are looking for Southern Hemisphere training.
You can upgrade this course to include your Landes 1 Qualification too by joining our 2-in-1 Ski Instructor Course for as little as €2,000, saving almost 40% on the Landes 1 Course Fees.
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.