was established in 1992 in response to the lack of a training system for instructors working in commercial ski schools. The organisation associates professional ski instructors who meet the criteria necessary for working in commercial ski schools. APUL currently associates more than 3,800 skiing and snowboarding instructors and 29 ski schools (which account for approximately 2/3 of the labour market w).

IIn May 1994, APUL was officially admitted to the international organisation ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association) and the association cooperates closely with partner associations in various countries in developing instruction methodology and systems. Individual levels of APUL training (D, C, B and A courses) reflect the international standards of ISIA and are therefore internationally recognised . APUL is also a regular member of INTERSKI Czech Republic.

ISIA has determined specific conditions stipulating the extent and content of ski instructor training for its members. The ISIA statutes were amended at the 1999 ISIA congress in Spain to include the obligation to meet the minimum standard in instructor training. This means reaching the compulsory limit of 450 hours of training, the introduction of “second instrument” training, teaching in at least one foreign language, etc. Currently, APUL is the only ski instructor qualification in the Czech Republic that meets these conditions. In view of this, APUL has developed a new teaching concept and obtained accreditation from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

APUL is currently number one in training professionals in winter sports in the Czech Republic. The organisation associates around 30 ski schools and thousands of instructors on snow, and annually trains more than 700 people. Over the last 3 years, the APUL training system has undergone many innovations concerning the content of courses, teaching materials, course evaluation, selection of trainers for the teaching staff, and the actual management of APUL as such. The majority of APUL teaching staff consists of full-time professionals. The standard adopted by the APUL teaching staff, which guarantees quality at a global level, is the best recommendation for APUL courses.

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