Membership Categories 

Coach in Training (CIT) Licensing Program

The coach-in-training (CIT) licensing program has two streams based on the level of experience of the candidate and their on-snow role. This licensing program ensures that all individuals working with children on-snow have met the insurers minimum requirements. All coach/athletes, volunteer coaches, tail-gunners and 1st time CSIA instructors must meet the minimum insurers requirements to better ensure the minimum safe in sport standards are being met. All CIT members must declare their club affiliation during their annual membership renewal per CSA, insurers, requirements. 

CIT Supporting the Coaching Staff License

The coach-in training licensing programs serves as an introduction to alpine ski coaching for athletes transitioning from competitive ski racing (15 years of age and older), volunteer coaches, and parents interested in assisting a certified coach with the management of a group of ski racers at the Gliding Start and Skier Essential stage of development. This program is meant to pair up a prospective coach with a mentor coach during the initial stages of learning how to be a coach while supporting young developing ski racers.

CIT Existing CSIA Member License

If you are current CSIA Member and NOT a ACA-CSC Member and have been hired by a club to coach athletes under the age of 12 years, the CIT program enables you as a CSIA member to meet the insurers minimum requirements when you initially begin to coach. CSIA certified instructors are able to lead a group independently under direction of an ACA-CSC certified mentor coach once the entry level coach in training licensing requirements have been met. CSIA members who are 1st time hires in a ski club are required to complete the entry level course within 12 months of their initial hire date per the ACA policy for Accreditation from 2015.  

Regular Member

Regular membership is for coaches who are actively coaching with an ACA member club or who wish to continue taking training courses or coaching evaluations that further certification. Regular members access all member benefits. (Exception CGL for members working for SQA or SQA Clubs). All Regular members must declare their club affiliation during their annual membership renewal per CSA, insurers, requirements. 

Associate Member

Associate membership is an option for those who are not actively coaching, but who still want to keep their membership in good standing. By changing your membership to an Associate status, you will avoid paying a reinstatement fee in the future. Associate members have no CGL Insurance coverage under the ACA-CSC-CSA CGL insurance program unless they are taking ACA-CSC accredited/approved courses and only while taking ACA-CSC accredited/approved courses. 

Affiliate Member

Affiliate status is intended for foreign coaches who wish to work in Canada and have a job offer in a Canadian program or who want to take an ACA-CSC course in Canada. Affiliate membership is not available to coaches already living and/or working in Canada. Affiliate members can take advantage of ACA-CSC membership benefits. For more information and an affiliate member application form, refer to the ACA-CSC Policy for Integrating Foreign Coaches - Affiliate Membership.  All affilitate members must declare their club affiliation during their annual membership renewal per CSA, insurers, requirements. 

Insurance Coverage

Alpine Canada Alpin-Canadian Ski Coaches (ACA-CSC) is a division of ACA as of July 1, 2015. ACA is a member of the Canadian Snow Sports Association (CSA). CSA negotiates general liability (including accidental death and disability) insurance coverage on behalf of all its member organizations. This insurance coverage includes all ACA-CSC accredited and licenced coaches (formerly CSCF members) while working for an ACA member club (Exception clubs who are members of SQA) or who are CSC members taking ACA-CSC approved clinics or courses. Alpine Canada is a named insured.

This policy offers primary coverage and is a first responder in the case of an incident or accident. This policy is underwritten by Lloyds of London.

Who is insured?

All member associations, directors, employees, members & volunteers of the Named Insured, while involved in any activity, as promoted, encouraged, organized, governed, regulated, sanctioned and/or approved by the Canadian Snow Sports Association.

The Named Insured's members, but only for acts within the scope of their accreditation activities as a member of the Named Insured.

Municipalities, government departments, sponsors, organizers, producers and ski hill operations in whose name any Name Insured has agreed to provide insurance, or who are operating (or involved in) the Named Insured's sanctioned events, for the vicarious liability arising out of any activity, as promoted, encouraged, organized, governed, regulated, sanctioned and/or approved by the Named Insured.

CGL Coverage does not apply to member clubs or coaches that are members of SQA since SQA has its own CGL Insurance Program.

What acts are insured?

The policy protects against the risk of sums that ACA or ACA-CSC accredited coaches may become legally obligated to pay as a result of bodily injury and/or property damage caused while participating in activities approved by ACA/CSA. The coverage includes the cost of investigating, defending, and paying for any claim for injury or damage attributed to negligence on the part of ACA or an ACA-CSC accredited coach or an authorized person acting on behalf of ACA/CSA.

What is the primary scope of coaching activity where insurance coverage applies?

  • Coverage APPLIES when registered and participating in any ACA-CSC sanctioned course, seminar, module, camp, evaluation, indoor or on snow, organized by or on behalf of ACA-CSC as a volunteer or paid facilitator or evaluator at these events.
  • Coverage APPLIES when licensed and working at the normal duties of a ski coach ,at their accredited certification level, in a program that is approved by Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA) and/or the CSA. This includes programs approved/sanctioned by ACA and operated by any PSO member clubs. (Exception member clubs of SQA) Coverage is worldwide. If a member coach is working in a program outside of an ACA or PSO approved program, coverage does NOT APPLY.

What other considerations affect whether ACA-CSC members are covered?

  • ACA-CSC Membership Fees Annual ACA-CSC membership dues must be paid in advance of the incident or accident; otherwise coverage does NOT apply.
  • Private Coaching Coverage does NOT apply for ACA-CSC members working in a private or freelance coaching capacity that is not explicitly approved by ACA or ACA-CSC and/or CSA, and does not apply while working for SQA or an SQA member club.
  • ACA-CSC Membership Categories The member’s ACA-CSC membership category must be either “Regular” or “Affiliate” or “Honorary/Life” member. ACA-CSC members who are designated as “25 year” members are considered "Regular" members. Coverage does NOT apply to “Associate” members.
  • The Coach in Training is a licensing program only. 
  • Ski and Snowboard Instructors Coverage does NOT apply to ACA-CSC members who, at the time of the incident or accident, are working as a ski or snowboard instructor teaching skiing or snowboarding in a program that is not approved by ACA-CSC-CSA or Alpine Canada/CSA for insurance coverage purposes. In these cases, dual ACA-CSC/CSIA or ACA-CSC/CASI members fall under either the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance liability coverage for members or the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors liability coverage for members, respectively.

Reporting Incidents 

If, during a sanctioned activity, there is a significant or unusal injury to any person, or if there is any other form of incident that may have liability consequences, a notice of incident must be filed immediately. The notice of incident should be filed with the CSA's insurance broker, Marsh Canada Limited, with copies to national (NSO) office and CSA. 

An incident report should be submitted immediately using the CSA Incident Reporting form for: 

  • Any injury to member of the public which occur either through contact with CSA/ACA members in training or competition or while on a closed course used for training or competition or where they are encounter club or ROC equipment. 
  • Any injury requiring hospitalization to any member of a CSA discipline (ACA member club), ROC, volunteers involved in any club program or activity. 
  • Any damage to property owned by others arising out of club or program activity. 
Complete the form found in Appendix C of the Canadian Snowsports Association (CSA) Handbook and email or fax a copy of incident to all three key contacts:

Canadian Snowsports Association

c/o David Pym 

Suite 265, 1177 West Broadway

Vancouver, BC 

V6H 1G3

Email: dpym@isrm.com

Tel: 604-734-6800

Fax: 604-669-7954

Marsh Canada Limited 

c/o Will Dear and Sandy Millar

800-550 Burrard Street 

Vancouver, BC 

V6C 2K1

Email: William.Dear@marsh.com

Email: Sandy.Millar@marsh.com

Direct Phone: 604-640-4251 (Will Dear) 

Fax: 604-682-3520

Discipline Office - Alpine Canada Alpin

c/o Domestic Sport Services 

Suite 302, 151 Canada Olympic Road SW

Calgary, AB T4B 3A5

Email: aavoledo@alpinecanada.org 

Tel: 403-777-3217

Annual Membership & Licensing Fees

Membership fees are updated annually, for the 2020 - 2021 season membership fees remained the same as the 2019 - 2020 season. If you are an ACA-CSC member only, you can pay your membership fees by logging in to your member profile page on the ACA Snowreg Interpodia membership platform.

Coaches who are also a member with the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA) and/or the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI) will benefit from dual and triple membership fee reductions as viewed below.

To obtain the fee reductions, dual and triple members must pay their annual dues through their CSIA member profile page at www.snowpro.com

We encourage all members to pay membership fees on line.

Payment of annual dues is dependent upon the type of membership

*The  portion of membership fees sent to ACA represents the gross amount due to ACA-CSC for membership fees and does not include fees paid to CSIA  for processing and the collection of taxes. See the membership schedule of membership dues from CSIA for more information below. 

**Coach in Training license year one (1) covers the cost of introduction to ski coaching courses and their season licenses only for the CIT Supporting the Coachin Staff and CIT CSIA Exsiting Member License ($65.00). Cost in year two (2) equals the licensing fee for volunteer/non-CSIA members, CIT Supporting the Coaching Staff ($15.00). CSIA instructors are not eligible in year two (2) for the CIT licensing  program, they must attain the Entry Level Trained accreditation status. 

*** New entry level coaches who have completed and passed their course will not need to pay dues until the following season. However, a new Entry Level coach must complete all other licensing activities to be licensed in the current season (year) they gained their accreditation of Entry Level Trained to be eligible to work with athletes on-snow in a club program. 

CSIA - Schedule 3 List of Membership Dues Fees 2020 - 2021

Membership Benefits

ACA-CSC licensed member coaches can take advantage of a range of programs and services:

  • NCCP certification programs and recognition
  • Professional development programs and licensing recognition
  • Tax receipting for all ACA-CSC courses and seminars
  • Third party liability insurance coverage (While working for ACA member Club (Excludes SQA), or attending any ACA-CSC Course
  • Accident and disability insurance coverage (While working for ACA member Club (Excludes SQA), or attending any ACA-CSC Course
  • Professional Code of Conduct regulation as a condition of membership
  • Discounts on coaching resources
  • Periodic communications annually, including monthly bulletins during the fall and winter

Criminal Background Screening

As part of Alpine Canada Alpin's (ACA) Safe Sport initiatives, mandatory criminal background screening has been implemented to enhance the safety of the training and competition environments for all athletes in our sport, PTSOs and club programs. 

Conducting criminal background screening with ACA-CSC, Canadian ski coaches assists in the selection of safe, honest and ethical individuals reducing the potential risks to athletes and employers. 

Policy Statement

Alpine Canada Coach Education as a department within ACA, mandated the application of this policy to all ACA-CSC accredited coaches as of the 2017 - 2018 season. To ensure consistency, ACA has engaged Sterling BackCheck to undertake the formal screening process. 

Criminal background Record Checks

  • Criminal background record checks are valid for two (2) years/seasons.  
  • All Criminal record checks must be valid for the entire season at the time of dues payment and renewal.
  • Coaches will be required to complete a new criminal background check at the time of membership renewal if the criminal record check will not be valid for the entire season, i.e., 2020 - 2021 season. 

Where to obtain your criminal record check

ACA and SnowReg Interpodia are partnered with Sterling BackCheck to provide a police background check service. ACA would like ALL active coaches to use this service to expedite the processing of a coaches annual license. Please note this service does take 48 hours to process electronically before being transferred to your ACA-CSC coach membership profile for licensing. 

The cost for this service is offered at a discounted rate of $25.00 (plus taxes) and can be paid for during annual dues renewal in the ACA SnowReg Interpodia membership platform

Access to Results

Coaches will be notified by email from Sterling BackCheck of their results within 48 hours. In addition, ACA will receive a copy of the results. 

Results of the criminal record check will be recorded in the ACA- Canadian Ski Coaches (ACA-CSC) database and will be made available to club and PTSO employers of professional and volunteer coaches working in ski racing programs across Canada. Employer access is provide through the ACA SnowReg Interpodia platform club and PTSO portal. Only recognized organizations, PTSO and Club Admins, who have completed a confidentiality agreement are permitted access. 


Current Coaching Opportunities

Alpine Canada, provincial organizations and local ski clubs employ coaches both on a seasonal and full-time basis. Discover current coaching opportunities at https://alpinecanada.org/careers