Course Registration Policies

  1. To register for any CANSI course you must be 15 years old by the start of the course.
  2. To register for any CANSI course you need to have a CANSI website account and a username that uniquely identifies you within the organization.
    • For a Level I or Preparation Courses and you are new to CANSI, you will be prompted to create a user account as part of registering for the course.
    • Follow these basic rules to create your account:
      – choose a memorable username(e.g. for John Smith choose “jsmith”),
      – choose a safe password (preferably a 2 word phrase with numerals), and
      – fill out basic information needed for CANSI to contact you easily.
  3. To register for a CANSI Refresher, Level II Certification or higher course or any other program/event offered to a member you must:
    • Be a current CANSI member.

Note: Access to the member’s area and courses is restricted if your membership is not current. Please go to the log-in page to pay your yearly membership dues.

    • Have the appropriate prerequisite certificationfrom CANSI and possibly from other ski organization.

Note: Access to the courses will say is restricted if you do not have the required prerequisite. If you do not have the needed prerequisite and feel you can easily satisfy the course requirements, you may request special exception and challenge these prerequisites – as described in this frequently asked question.

  1. Course Payment
    • You will be asked online for a credit card payment (a preferred choice, to reduce administrative costs),
    • mailing a cheque or money order to the CANSI National office at least 2 weeks before the course starts.
  1. Also keep in mind these general course registration guidelines:
    • If you do not see a CANSI course listed on the website that you wish to attend, please contact your region. Additional courses may be added depending on demand and available course leaders.
    • Register early (at least 2 weeks before the start of a course) since:
      – CANSI courses may be cancelled due to insufficient number of registrants, and
      – you may end up paying more for courses that have early bird discounts.

Cancellation Policies and Guidelines

These policies are set by the region where the course is scheduled. For details, select below the region where the course is being offered. (Note: Currently, only the regions marked with * have their policies listed here.)

Pacific  (British Columbia, Yukon) *

CANSI Pacific Course Cancellation Policy

In the event that a participant is not able to attend the CANSI Pacific course, the cancellation policy is as follows:

  • If the participant cancels prior to two weeks before the start of the course they will have the choice of being provided a refund less a $25 administration fee or given a credit for the course at a later date.
  • If the participant cancels within two weeks of the start of the course, no refund will be given. Course credit will be provided for medical reasons verified with a note from a physician.
  • If CANSI Pacific has to cancel a course for any reason (typically insufficient registration or poor snow conditions) every effort will be made to reschedule within the season. If this is not possible, or if the participant cannot attend the rescheduled date, a full refund will be provided. 
  • To request a course refund or credit, the participant must email the details of their request to [email protected]
  • Refunds will be provided at the end of the season.
 Central  (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut)


  1. To request a cancellation of your registration, you need to send an email to [email protected] and include your registration information along with the reasons for your request.
  2. Refunds will be given less a handling fee (around 20% of the course cost) only if cancellation requests are received at least 7 days before the course starts.
  3. If the cancellation is due to medical reason and a sufficient proof of the medical condition is provided in writing to the Ontario board, 100% of the course will be refunded.
  4. No refunds will be given if cancellations are received less than 7 days before start of the course.
  5. If a course has to be cancelled by CANSI Ontario (such as due to insufficient number of registrants or due to poor snow conditions) every effort will be made to move the course and its registrants to another date during the same winter. If that is not possible, full refund will be given to each registered course participant.
  6. If skiing conditions on site will be unsatisfactory or unsafe the course will be relocated to another site if possible. If not, the course will be moved to back-up dates, if available. Otherwise, the course will be cancelled.
  7. All refunds will be given by no later than April 30, and generally using the same payment method as the one you used in registering for the course.

Mountain  (Alberta, Northwest Territories)


Atlantic (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI)

Certification Retest Policies and Guidelines

  1. A candidate who is unsuccessful in either the skiing or teaching components may attend a retest. A retest will include all components of the course the candidate did not fulfil. For example: if a candidate receives an unsuccessful mark in one technique, and subsequently does not pass the skiing evaluation, he or she must complete the entire skiing evaluation at the retest, not simply show mastery of the technique he or she failed.
  2. A candidate who is unsuccessful in both skiing and teaching skills must attend another full certification course at the same level.
  3. A retest must be taken within the current or following winter season.
  4. Retest can be accommodated within another course at the discretion of the course conductor and the region. If no appropriate course is run in the area within this time frame, the next available course must be attended.
  5. The cost of a retest is approximately 20% of the certification course in which the candidate was unsuccessful plus the appropriate CANSI membership fees (Associate for Level I candidates or Professional for higher levels).
  6. The retest fee must be paid in the winter season in which the candidate is being retested.
  7. The retesting candidate must contact the regional XC or Telemark Programs Director (or the desired retest course conductor) sufficiently in advance of the course start in order to arrange for the retest.

Note: Overall certification retest policies are set by the National Technical Committee. But the retest prices are set by each region. The above price guidelines are proposed for Ontario region only at this time.