The International Ski Instructors Association (ISIA) is the world body for professional ski instructors.

As an international organisation for the protection and promotion of the interests of professional ski instructors (skiing and other snow sports), the ISIA supports:

  • Stronger relationship between individual national ski instructor associations
  • Collaboration in respect of ski technique, methodology, didactic and questions of safety
  • The exchange of information
  • Internal and external opinion forming concerning the profession of ski instructor.

The task of the ISIA is to support the professional practice of ski and snow sports teaching in all its forms, and it collaborates with other associations from the worlds of skiing and tourism. Research into ski techniques, methodology and didactic fields of skiing and every related branch is supported by the ISIA, within the realms of its ability.

Organisation and regulations are defined in different documents.

The By-laws of the International Ski Instructors’ Association (ISIA) in the applicable version in accordance with the decision of the delegates’ meeting of 22 May 2008 in Jesolo (Italy)

Organisation chart of ISIA

The Rules of Internal Procedure regulate the management of the association.

ISIA quality standards for the ISIA stamp and ISIA card

The Rules for issuing ISIA stamps and ISIA cards govern the right of ski instructors to use the ISIA stamp and ISIA card.

Agreed at the delegates’ meeting of 22 May 2008 in Jesolo/Italy.

The subscription rules regulate the fees to be paid by the members.

This version (amended in § 2) was agreed at the Assembly of Delegates on 22 May 2008 in Jesolo/Italy.

The first steps for creating ISIA were actually undertaken by the main Alpine countries, in 1962, during the Interski Congress in Monte Bondone (Italy). A first congress on a visioning for an International Association for the Professional Ski Instructors, was held in 1964, under the leadership of the French Gaston Cathiard.

ISIA was officially formed in 1970, when the first ISIA constitution was written, and when Karl Gamma became the first President. The legal site of the Association is in Bern. The headquarter was in Belp (CH) until May 2018 and is in Grainau (GER) since May 2018.

There are currently 37 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.

List of national qualifications 2018-19 with the standard “ISIA stamp” and “ISIA card”