Pass Your Eurotest...
...And kickstart your lucrative career as a ski instructor in a French resort
A qualified ski instructor from outside Europe who needs to pass the Eurotest in order to obtain a licence to work in France?
Involved in a European diploma and would like intensive training to help you pass the Eurotest and complete your qualification?
Involved in a European diploma and struggling to pass a technical level before you take on the Eurotest?
If you answered yes to any of the above then our Eurotest Training is probably for you. Learn more about the course by reading our FAQs below and then get in touch to arrange an interview and iron out any further queries.
Places are limited so secure your spot while you can!
Eurotest Training FAQs
+ WHEN DOES THE TRAINING TAKE PLACE AND HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Our Eurotest training program is divided into a half-season and full-season option. If you pass your Eurotest examination in January (exam location: Serre Chevalier) then we will refund you the remainder of your season, i.e. the difference between option 1 & 2.
OPTION 1 Duration: 8 Weeks Dates: 2nd December 2017 – 27th January 2018
OPTION 2 Duration: 16 Weeks Dates: 2nd December 2017 - 24th March 2018
+ HOW MUCH DOES THE COURSE COST?
OPTION 1: €9200.00 (with €2000 refunded if you pass your exam in January)
OPTION 2: €9200.00
We require a €2000.00 deposit for this course. If you pass your examination in January then we will refund the entirety of your deposit.
+ WHAT’S INCLUDED?
- A full season of accommodation in a shared apartment (2 persons per room)
- Half-season option 1: 6 weeks of professional race training
- Full-season option 2: 12 weeks of professional race training
- 1 x Season lift-pass
- Priority in lift-queues
- Stadium training + equipment
+ HOW MANY TFSA STUDENTS WILL THERE BE ON THIS COURSE?
When you train with TFSA you are part of a large group of French and international trainees. Numbers for the Eurotest training vary seasonally depending on demand.
+ WHERE DOES THE TRAINING TAKE PLACE?
All TFSA courses take place in the major ski resort of Serre Chevalier in South East France, which boasts over 150 miles of ski slopes. The area is renowned as a Mecca for off-piste skiers and snowboarders, a playground for free-riders and a rich training ground for racers. Read more about Serre Chevalier in our Resort Guide (hyperlink)
+ WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF THE COURSE?
The aim of this course is to train and build on individual experience in giant slalom racing and both technical and all-terrain skiing. The goal is to pass the Euro Test and/or prepare you for the further examinations necessary for your European qualifications or equivalent.
+ WHO RUNS THE COURSE?
This training is an alliance between TFSA & “Le Federation Unie des Auberges de Jeunesse, Serre Chevalier” (FUAJ). The FUAJ, or “AJ” as they are fondly known, have been training aspiring instructors for over 50 years.
The introduction of international participants to our training programs was the brainchild of Danielle Feldtrauer (FUAJ Director) and Christian Delafield who, amongst other close British friends, trained with the FUAJ from 2000 to 2004. Christian fully-qualified as French National Ski & Snowboard Instructor in 2008, and in 2010 he and Danielle started the project of inviting skiers from other countries to train in France. Christian felt then - and continues to believe now - that this is an experience not to be missed by anyone who loves skiing!
All our courses are overseen by nationally qualified skiing professionals thereby ensuring a paramount level of safety and quality in training and experience.
+ WHAT QUALIFICATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE COURSE?
Most course participants hold a part of a European or full international ski instructor diploma. If you do not have a partial or full instructor’s diploma it is likely that you will be better suited to one of our other courses.
+ IS IT THE RIGHT COURSE FOR ME?
If you are already involved in a diploma and need to enhance your technical skiing, for example: you are involved in BASI: Levels 3 & 4 technical and/or the French Semaine Technique that precedes the Euro Test, then this is the right training for you. If you are a fully-qualified instructor and outside of the Euro-zone and you are looking to work in France. If you are unsure whether your experience and qualifications are right for this course, please contact us and we will happily offer our professional opinion.
+ DAY TO DAY WHAT IS INVOLVED? WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT ON THIS COURSE?
There are 3 primary training areas that the course will cover;
- Giant Slalom Training
- Technical Training (on and off-piste)
- Free-Ride Training
You can expect a combination of these fundamental factors, amounting to a very high mileage of skiing during your in-season training. As a general rule, once you start training in December, you will be Race training in the mornings and technical/free-ride skiing in the afternoons. As you get closer to your exams there will more emphasis on gates training and recovery.
We know that an important part of training and development is to ensure variety, increase knowledge and improve endurance. Training will consist of detailed personal and group technical evaluations, as well as setting challenging tasks in variable environments, which will offer you with an opportunity to push yourself to your absolute limits.
This is a professional training federation including applicants from all over France and the rest of the world. In order to get the most out of each training day, we ask that all attendees arrive punctually at 9am every day (Mon-Fri). You should arrive with the positive attitude, knowing that the course can help you improve dramatically as an all-round skier and give you the experience required to tackle the Euro Test examination.
+ WHY TRAIN WITH TFSA AND NOT ELSEWHERE?
We are passionate about skiing and snow sports but realistic about the challenges and hard work involved in obtaining the Euro Test qualification. This is not a short course because we know how difficult these examinations really are! The course is challenging because the examinations are, but we want you to do well and will do everything we can to ensure that you are one of the ones that succeed. One of the best bits of advice we can give is don’t be in a rush to pass your Euro Test. Enjoy the opportunity to really develop your skills and knowledge base with the help of experienced skiing professionals. You need to pass the Euro Test in style and on merit, not because you got lucky on the day.
You aren’t obliged to do the full-season of training. You can drop out after the exams in January if you pass and we will credit your training for the remainder of the season. We do stress that the likelihood of this is extremely slim, as the challenges are huge, but if you are lucky enough to find yourself in this situation, you are welcome to leave the course at that stage and be reimbursed.
WE OFFER MORE
We will endeavor to help you learn the French language (if necessary) as this will be invaluable should you chose to teach skiing in France. Our variable training will give you what need to evolve into a superb all-round skier and instructor for life.
+ WHAT MEASURES ARE IN PLACE IF THE CONDITIONS ARE NOT SUITABLE TO TRAIN?
This rarely happens (in our years of experience, there are maybe 2 days every season where training is curtailed by the weather). In the event that you do have an impromptu mid-week afternoon off, you will probably find that the time is made up at a weekend, or you may just be grateful for an unscheduled nap, as the demands of this course really are exhausting!