Coach Registration 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 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 registered coaches 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 Registered Coach

Regular registration 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 Registered Coach

Associate registration  is an option for those who are not actively coaching, but who still want to keep their coach registration in good standing. By changing your registration to an Associate status, you will avoid paying a reinstatement fee in the future. Associate registered coaches  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 Registered Coach

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 coach registration  is not available to coaches already living and/or working in Canada. Affiliate registered coaches  can take advantage of ACA-CSC registration benefits. For more information and an affiliate coach application form, refer to the ACA-CSC Policy for Integrating Foreign Coaches - Affiliate coach registration.  All affilitate coaches must declare their club affiliation during their annual registration renewal per CSA, insurers, requirements. 

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

Annual Registration & Licensing Fees

You will find there is an increase to membership fees for this 2022-2023 season. This is due in large part to the re allocation of CGL insurance across all registrant categories and the associated risk assessment across said categories.  Safety is paramount for our members and ensuring you as ACA Coach members have the appropriate protection is of utmost importance.. If you are an ACA-CSC registered coach only, you can pay your annual fees by logging in to your coach profile page on the ACA Snowreg Interpodia 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 license fee reductions as viewed below.

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

We encourage all coaches to pay registration and licensing fees on line.

Payment of annual registration fees is dependent upon the type of registration

*The  portion of registration fees sent to ACA represents the gross amount due to ACA-CSC for registration and licensing fees and does not include fees paid to CSIA  for processing and the collection of taxes. See the registration fee schedule 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 ($25.00). 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. 

Registration & Licensing Benefits

ACA-CSC licensed registered 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 registration
  • 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 registration 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 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 platform

To complete a Sterling Criminal Background screening, coaches can also visit:!/memberships/aca-canadian-ski-coaches-20202021/background-check/1

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. 

ACA-CSC Safe Sport Screening Policy