You will be training towards the Anwärter exam. In Austria there are 3 levels of instructing qualification

  • Anwärter (teaching licence)

  • Landeslehrer (regional status)

  • Staatlich (chartered status)

The Anwärter allows you to teach children and adults up to intermediate level. You will be tested on demonstration skiing (technique), free skiing (sporty skiing), teaching and a ski theory. 

The process is externally examined by either the Tyrolean (TSLV) or Viennese (WSSV) Ski Instructor Associations who award the qualification. We have been working together with the TSLV and WSSV for 5 years and have tailored our courses so that they compliment their examination processes.

All skiing nations have their own examination system, although not all are equally recognised. The benefit of the Austrian skiing system is that it is internationally recognised and respected throughout the world. The Anwärter is equivalent to the level 2 qualification in the Canada (CSIA), Britain (BASI) and Australia (APSI).

What's the guaranteed job?

e3 Ski Academy is part of the e3 Family. This means that we have our own ski school in Kitzbühel where you will be offered a job as a full-time ski instructor for the upcoming winter. The job comes with accommodation provided by the ski school for the duration of winter season whilst you are employed.


During the course you will live in Hintertux which is nice and close to the glacier for training. After the course you will move to Kitzbühel where element3 ski school is located. The ski school rent apartments in the village that are used for ski school staff. The town of Kitzbühel has everything you might need, supermarkets, gyms, apré bars, cinema, great restaurants and even a ice hockey stadium and climbing wall.

Do I need to speak fluent german?

No. Fluent German is not required. Most people start the course with zero experience of speaking German. However, our professional language teachers will help you understand the basics. They use real life scenarios so you coaches can help you put them into practice on the snow. When it comes to the exam you will be expected introduce yourself in German and explain very basic commands. For example "Hi, I am Sarah, I will be your instructor today".

How good do I have to be at skiing?

Some experience is necessary. Being able to ski parallel on blue and red runs is what we recommend. From this base the learning process is rapid and by the end of the course you'll be carving tracks in the snow!