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Report by Bruce Wharrie
(Australian Cross Country News, Autumn 1999)

The NCIS (National Coach & Instructor Scheme) is currently merging with APSI (Australian Professional Snowsports Instructors). In August 1998, the financial membership of the NCIS voted for the merge. The issues for the merge included:
  • a need to become part of an internationally recognised ski instructor organisation with ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association)
  • a need to be covered by insurance (incorrectly assumed coverage from Skiing Australia)

The administration previously undertaken by the NCIS National Co-ordinator will be performed by the APSI through Sportswise. All course bookings and payments will be made through the Sportswise office.

Instructor levels are proposed to be changed to be in line with APSI. The proposed levels are:

  • NCIS Assistant Instructor = APSI Nordic Level 1
  • NCIS Instructor 1 = APSI Nordic Level 2
  • NCIS Instructor 2 = APSI Nordic Level 3

These levels will also bring us more in line with the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) Levels 1,2 & 3

Due to a decline in nordic ski instructor applicants, courses for the 1999 ski season have been streamlined. The following course dates are provisional only.

Course Dates 1999


Trainers Clinic

June 26-27
July 3-4

Update Clinic
(APSI Level 1 entry)


APSI Level 1 Course
(NCIS-Assist Instructor)

July31-Aug 1
July 23-25

APSI Level 2 Course
(NCIS Instructor 1)

Aug 16-20
Aug 9-13

APSI Level 3 On-Snow

Year 2000
Aug 23-27


Sept 11-12
Sept 4-5

Note: Description of previous NCIS courses, see the 1998 Program

Enquiries of a technical nature can be made to Mr Keith Jephcott, 830 Arthurs Creek Road, Arthurs Creek 3099 Victoria. Administration management enquiries may be made to Mr Bruce Wharrie, PO Box 163, Mount Beauty 3699 Victoria. Course bookings and payments can be made to the APSI PO Box 518, Reservoir 3073 Victoria. Ph (03) 9470-3277

In the meantime, Keith Jephcott, Heather Phillips and Tony Keeble will be representing Australian Nordic and Telemark Instructors at the 1999 Interski Congress in Norway during late March 1999.

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