APUL

APULASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL SKI TEACHERS AND SKI SCHOOLS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Was founded in 1992 due to insufficient training system of instructors working in commercial ski schools. This organization brings together professional ski teachers who meet the criteria necessary for working in commercial ski schools. At present, APUL brings together over 3800 ski and snowboard instructors and 29 ski schools (that represents about 2/3 of the labour market).

In April 1994 APUL was officially admitted to the international organization ISIA (International Association of Professional Ski Teachers) and closely cooperates in the area of methodology and teaching system with partner associations of other countries. Individual APUL degrees (D, C, B, and A) meet International ISIA standards and as such are internationally recognized. APUL is also a regular member of INTERSKI CR. ISIA has set out its specific conditions for members to determine the scope and content of the skiing education system. At ISIA Congress in 1999 in Spain, a change of the ISIA Statute was adopted, which sets out the obligation to meet minimum standards in teacher education. This means maintaining the 450 hours of the training hours, integration of teaching of the “second tool”, teaching in at least one foreign language,etc. These conditions do not meet any of the ski qualifications so far in the Czech Republic apart from APUL. Based on these facts, APUL developed a new concept of  and also received accreditation from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the CR.

At present, APUL is the leader in the training of winter sports professionals in the Czech Republic. It brings together about 30 ski schools and thousands of snow-sports teachers, with over 700 people annually trained. In the last 3 years, there have been many innovations in APUL’s educational system, which touch on the content of courses, teaching materials, course ratings, choice of lecturers for instructors, and APUL management itself. The APUL Teachers’ Corps is largely made up of full-time professionals. Just the merit of APUL training staff, which provides a world-class quality guarantee, is the best invitation to APUL courses.

More information: www.apul.cz

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