Frequently Asked Questions

What is my member number?
Your member number is written can be found on your course confirmations and receipts. If you have not received any documentation or you do not currently know your membership number and would like to request it, send your full name, address and birth date to ACA-CSC using CONTACT US.

Where can I find a receipt for membership or course payments?
All membership receipts are located on your PERSONAL PAGE.

I have not paid my membership dues for a few years. Do I have to pay all the years of back dues if I want to become current again?
No. There is a flat reinstatement fee regardless of whether you are a single, dual or triple member or if you have been inactive for one year or ten years. In addition, you must pay your dues for the current season. For those who have been not paid dues for more than four years, please allow at least seven working days for us to complete our research.
To reinstate your membership, please log in to your PERSONAL PAGE.

I do not intend to coach this season, but want to remain a member in good standing. Do I still have to pay full membership dues?
The Associate membership option is for those who are not planning to coach during the season but still want to remain in good standing with the ACA-CSC. By changing your membership to Associate status, you will avoid having to pay a reinstatement fee in the future.

I am presently an Associate member. If I want to resume coaching, what should I do?
CONTACT US and we will change your status from Associate to Regular.

As an Associate member can I take ACA-CSC courses?

I passed my Entry Level course in March/April and I just received an ACA-CSC membership dues reminder. Isn't my membership good for one year after taking and passing the course?
When you pass the Entry Level course, you become a member of ACA-CSC for the remainder of the current season. The season cycle ends on July 31 annually.

I have a coaching accreditation from another country. How can I become an ACA- CSC member and get recognition for my accreditation in Canada?
ACA-CSC will consider granting recognition in the Canadian system to foreign coaches who 1) have a job offer in Canada or 2) who wish to take an ACA-CSC coaching education course. For the policy and application form for integrating foreign coaches into the Canadian system, CLICK HERE.

I am an ACA-CSC Level 1 CERTIFIED coach and have been inactive for a few years. Do I need to retake a certification course again to retain my certification status?
No, once you have a certification status, you never lose it. However, you will need to complete professional development if you wish to actively coach again in a club sanctioned program.
Refer to the LICENSING introduction section of the web site for more information.

How old do I have to be to take an ACA-CSC Entry Level course?
You must be 15 years old on the first day of the course. No exceptions. NOTE: starting in the 2018-2019 season, you must be 16 years old on the first day of the course.

I have never coached before. How do I get involved in coaching?
Register for an Entry Level course. This course is an introduction to coaching children 12 years and under. To find more information on the ACA-CSC Entry Level course, check the GET STARTED IN COACHING section of the web site.
To register for an Entry Level course, CLICK HERE.

I took the Entry Level course and was not successful. What do I need to do to get credit for the course?
You need to re-test the part you missed. Re-tests are conducted at regularly scheduled Entry Level courses and usually only require a one day session.
To register for a re-test, CLICK HERE.

I am having trouble logging in to an ACA-CSC Online PD module. What should I do?
If you are having trouble logging in to any of the ACA-CSC online PD modules, ensure that you are using the SAME email address that is in the "General Info" section of your Personal Page. 

Now that I have passed my Entry Level course, can I take another course?
Yes. Using the new member ID you have been assigned you will be able to register on-line for other courses.
To register for an ACA-CSC course or to check course schedules, CLICK HERE.

I passed part of the evaluation on an ACA-CSC course. Do I need to take the full course over again?
No, you will need to register to be re-tested on the portion in which you failed. This must be done within two seasons (730 calendar days) from the time you took the course. If you wait more than two seasons, you must retake the full course, but will not undergo re-evaluation on the passed portion of the course.
To register for a re-test, CLICK HERE.

Where can I get a receipt for an ACA- CSC course or seminar?
All course receipts for the current and previous seasons are located on the "Receipts" tab in your PERSONAL PAGE.

I took the Entry Level course and was not successful. What do I need to do to get credit for the course?
You need to re-test the part you missed. Re-tests are conducted at regularly scheduled Entry Level courses and usually only require a one-day session.
To register for a re-test, CLICK HERE.

Why do coaches need to be licensed?
To promote life-long learning and for coaches to take responsibility for that learning.
To promote coaching excellence at every level in the system. High quality coaching at all levels is the cornerstone of long term athlete development and is one of the main goals of Alpine Canada Alpin-Canadian Ski Coaches (ACA-CSC).
To be current in the business of ski coaching to better meet the needs of athletes and to help reduce the risks of injury.
Coaching in alpine ski is being seen more and more as a professional endeavor.

Who needs to be licensed?
Anyone who is actively working or is planning to work in a program as a coach, mentor, evaluator, program designer or coach educator needs to be licensed annually by ACA-CSC.
If you are not coaching, you do NOT need to be licensed.
If you are teaching skiing in a ski school and not coaching, you do NOT need to be licensed.
If you are coaching outside of Canada, you do NOT need to be licensed.

What do I need to do to be "Licensed" by ACA-CSC annually?
Licensing requirements for active coaches vary depending on coach certification status. Click here for the Policy.

How do I get credits that count towards a coach license?
Coaching education sessions offered by ACA-CSC,Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO), regions or clubs may qualify for credit depending on their content and duration.
Most CSIA courses qualify for licensing credit. Coaches may also apply for credit for courses taken outside of skiing and ski racing.
1 ED credit = half a day on snow or indoors on relevant topics.
1 RM credit = a minimum of 1 hour of ski racing specific risk management content

Will I lose my certification status if I am not licensed annually or if I stop coaching for a while?
No, once you have achieved a certification status (e.g. Development Level Trained, Entry Level Certified etc.) you will never lose it. However, if you start coaching actively again, you should accumulate the required number of licensing credits before you start coaching again. See the chart above for more details.

How are licensing credits accumulated?
The annual license cycle is August 1 – July 31. If enough credits have not been accumulated by July 31 for the next cycle, coaches may continue accumulating credits for the new cycle until “Licensed” status has been achieved.
All credits earned between Feb 1 and July 31 count for BOTH the current cycle AND the next cycle.
Credits from any individual PD activity cannot be split up with some credits applying to one cycle and some applying to the next cycle.

Is there a deadline date to become licensed each year?
Yes, the deadline date to be “licensed” is January 31 annually. Otherwise, you will lose your status as a “member in good standing” with ACA-CSC. Coaches should be licensed before starting to coach athletes, supervise other coaches or implement programs. Employers are encouraged to include, in coach agreements, reasonable deadline dates for licensed status (in advance of January 31) based on when the coach starts working.

Where do I go to check my licensing status?
Go to your PERSONAL PAGE, then click the “Licensing” tab. This will report your licensing status for the current season (ending July 31) as well as for the following season as of the date you check. If you have questions about your licensing status, CONTACT US.

How do I register professional development activity at my club to count for licensing credits?
Licensing events are posted and managed by the organizing event host. They are managed through PARTNER SERVICES. Only organizations (clubs, provincial sport organizations, regions, ski schools etc.) are permitted log in accounts to ACA-CSC Partner Services. Individual coaches are not permitted accounts. There is only ONE account per organization. To acquire a new ACA-CSC Partner Services account or if you have forgotten existing log in details, CONTACT US.

How do I get credit for professional development I did on my own?
You must contact ACA-CSC directly and provide documented proof of what you did (e.g. a St John’s Ambulance First Aid course). ACA-CSC will decide whether the professional development will count for credit and how many credits it will be assigned.
To inquire about credits, CONTACT US.

If I don’t complete required professional development annually, do I lose my ACA-CSC certification status?
No, you will always retain your ACA-CSC certification status (e.g. Development Level TRAINED, Entry Level CERTIFIED etc.). However, if your professional development activity has lapsed and you no longer meet annual licensing requirements, your ACA-CSC record will indicate “Not licensed yet” status. As soon as you satisfy licensing requirements and the ACA-CSC has recorded your PD activity, your licensing status will change to “Licensed”.

Am I covered by third party liability insurance?

If coaches HAVE achieved “Licensed” status with ACA-CSC they ARE covered by the ACA-CSC liability insurance coverage. If coaches have NOT achieved “Licensed” status with ACA-CSC and are actively coaching, they are NOT in good standing with ACA-CSC. In this case, coaches may not be covered by ACA-CSC liability insurance coverage. This depends on circumstances of the incident and the situation of the coach. This is only a judgment that can be made after the incident.

Coaches who are free-lancing on their own and not affiliated with a PSO recognized club are NOT covered by ACA-CSC liability insurance..

For more information on this policy, the CSA Ski Club Risk Management Manual is available for download from Alpine Canada Alpin web site.

How do I find a ski coaching job?

How do I post a job on the ACA-CSC web site?
Job postings are managed through PARTNERS SERVICES.
Once logged in, coaching jobs can be posted and managed in the "JOBS" section.