The Road to Becoming an NSP Instructor
The National Ski Patrol Instructor Development Program is the first step on the road to become an NSP Instructor in any of the five NSP educational disciplines:
Mountain Travel and Rescue
The Instructor Development Program consists of two components:
The Instructor Development Course
The Instructor Mentoring Program
The Instructor Development Course consists of a series of presentations, activities and discussion opportunities and is available through a one-day class or via a new online e-course session with a shorter one-half day classroom session. The course covers such topics as principles of teaching adults, learning styles, teaching methods, lesson planning, and evaluation techniques. It also offers the instructor candidate the chance to do a practice teaching session.
The Instructor Development textbook, “Instructor Development; Training The Adult Learner”, is now a free 6 MB PDF file download available on the NSP website under the “Education” tab and the “Instructor Development Program” header. This book can be downloaded and used as a resource for either version of the Instructor Development Course.
After completion of the Instructor Development Course, the instructor candidate will enter the second component of the Instructor Development Program, the Instructor Mentoring Program, in the discipline in which he or she is interested in teaching. This component gives the instructor candidate actual teaching and administrative experience under the guidance of an experienced NSP Instructor and Instructor Trainer in that discipline and prepares them for certification as an NSP Instructor.
For more information on the Instructor Development Program for the Eastern Sierra Region, please contact the ESR ID Advisor.
For more information, contact:
Eastern Sierra Region Instructor Development Advisor
Palisades National Ski Patrol