Qualification Required

At present the French authorities only recognise Alpine qualifications, other disciplines being treated as offshoots. To work in France a UK instructor must comply with one of the following: 

  • Be part of a ski school holding the Centre de Formation status (training status), as a 'stagiaire' (trainee). This involves passing the Test Technique, a timed Slalom, organised by the DDJS (local département authority), at which the candidate must achieve a specified time. After obtaining the Test Technique and a First aid Certificate, the candidate enters the Préformation, a 2-week residential course, again run by the DDJS. After this, the candidate becomes a 'stagiaire' and can work for an approved ski school. 
  • Or, hold the BASI Alpine Level 2 Instructor Qualification or the BASI Alpine Level 3 ISIA Qualification & Test Technique, work as a 'stagiaire' with an approved ski school. Having entered the stagiaire system, the BASI Level 3 ISIA has a 3-year period to complete the BASI Level 4 ISTD Qualification (including the European Speed Test). 
  • Or, hold the BASI Alpine Level 3 ISIA Qualification and have passed the Test Technique 

Other Information

As France is a member of the EU, work permits are not required. 

Only instructors qualified at BASI Level 4 ISTD level can work independently and take their own clients on to the hill. 
Once obtained your Level 4 ISTD Qualification, you will need to apply for full French Equivalence for the region that you are going to work in, to be able to teach independently or with a Ski School.

The procedure for applying to work in France is shown below.  Please click here to apply online.

Application Procedure

 To book onto your Test Technique, you must do this through the French, as BASI don’t take bookings or run the Test Technique. 

  • First you must go to the relevant web site to sign up for a Test Technique. 
    Once on the home page, go to "inscription" and follow the menus, first choose; sports de montagne, press “lancer le recherche” (enter button) then choose, ski alpin, enter and then choose test technique and enter. 
  • This will bring up a page with all Test Technique tests running during the season. It shows the resort where this is running, dates and then the closure date for applying for this. 
  • Click on the test that you want to book on and then fill the application as prompted. If you don't have a French address you might have a problem filling this in, as it will not accept a non French post code, so fill the post code in with 38000 and then put your real post code just before your hometown.


Once this is all completed you will receive in the post a form that you need to sign and send back.
On the back of the form you'll find a list of documents that you need to send back with the signed form before December 1st.
The documents that you need to send back are: 

  • The signed form 
  • 1 passport size photo 
  • 3 self addressed envelopes 
  • A photocopy of your passport 
  • A letter from your doctor saying that you're fit to ski

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