The Certified Program enables patrollers to build upon experiences gained while patrolling and through other NSP programs.

The program consists of six core modules:

  • Area operations and risk management;
  • Avalanche management;
  • Emergency care;
  • Lift evacuation and rope knowledge;
  • Skiing /snowboarding; and
  • Toboggan handling.

**The above modules maybe expanded upon by divisions to meet additional needs.

This program requires independent training and advance research in order complete the modules and receive certification.

The certified candidate should possess extensive knowledge of patrol and area operations, as well as physical dexterity and skills in leadership, instruction, problem management, and decision-making. More importantly, the individual must have an aptitude for team building and experience in planning programs to facilitate the success of the program and area operations.

The information in this program may not be applicable to all situations that arise in the daily operations of a ski area or center. NSP education programs and membership requirements should never conflict with, or take priority over, area management’s standard operating procedures and requirements for daily patrolling activities.

Certified Patroller Program Goals

  • Provide performance standards and evaluation on a broad range of patrol skills and knowledge.
  • Increase patroller’s awareness of issues relevant to ski area operations.
  • Provide a readily identifiable resource of highly skilled, motivated, and knowledgeable patrollers to better serve NSP, ski area management, and the outdoor recreation community through instruction and/or leadership.
  • Promote interaction and exchange between paid and volunteer patrollers.
  • Build on, but not duplicate, the Outdoor Emergency Care program and or the Senior OEC program by providing a flexible, self-directed training program to develop member skills.

History of the Certified Program

NSP Certified Program Adviser
Steve Kuller
31 Norwick Ct
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
Phone: 540-435-4936 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This study guide is intended as a supplemental aid for patrollers involved in the Certified process with the National Ski Patrol (NSP). Its purpose is to help prepare candidates for Certified education and testing. This guide is not intended to be interpreted as a manual for ski patrollers or ski areas, and it is not intended to act as a set of guidelines or policies and procedures at snow sports areas. This document is ever changing and updated regularly. NSP Certified Program Study Guide(Beta)