Ontario 2007-2008 Course Registration and Cancellation policies Posted on Oct 31st, 2007


Ontario course registration and cancellation policies are more or less same over the past 4 seasons. However, there are some differences you should be aware of for this 2007-2008 fiscal year.


The registration process and policies

  1. Your membership and certification status is automatically verified and up-to-date. That is, you must have 2007-2008 membership and the appropriate certification level before you can register for any Refresher or certification courses Level II or higher.
  2. On-line payment processing is again handled by PayPal. This payment provider is very security conscious (which is one of the main reasons why CANSI chose them). But that means, if paying by credit card, you need to enter a name, phone number and address that *matches exactly* with the credit card used for payment in order to be considered valid. Also, if you credit card was already associated with some PayPal personal or business account, you will be required to use that PayPal account instead of the credit card directly. (For more information see this PayPal article.)
  3. If none of these listed courses fit your schedule, or you do not wish to register and pay online for these courses, please contact the Programs Director or any of the Ontario local area course coordinators listed on the Ontario's contact page.
  4. Early registration fees are about 15% off the regular price and apply at least 2 weeks before start of the course.

The cancellation process and policies

  1. To request a cancellation of your registration, you need to send an email to course-cancellation@ontario.cansi.ca and include your registration information along with the reasons for your request.
  2. Refunds will be given less a handling fee (around 15% of the course cost) only if cancellation requests are received at least 7 days before the course starts.
  3. No refunds will be given if cancellations are received less than 7 days before start of the course.
  4. If a course has to be canceled by CANSI Ontario (such as due to insufficient number of registrants or due to poor snow conditions) every effort will be made to move the course and its registrants to another date during the same winter. If that is not possible, full refund will be given to each registered course participant.
  5. All refunds will be given only at the end of the season (but no later than April) and generally using the same payment method as the one you used to register for the course.


Frank Roscoe November 10th, 2007

I have been trying to take a Level II for the past several winters .. I was scheduled for the course with Mike Moran that had to be cancelled. As of right now, my Level 1 has lapsed.

Question? do I need to refresh the level 1 or, can I take the level II without first refreshing?

Jan Vopalensky November 19th, 2007

Frank, I suggest you take a refresher. The current one planned for Dec. 15-16, 2007 is a combined Level I+II refresher and prep course. This way you can be well prepared for your Level II in late Feb. 2008.

Hope this helps.

/ Jan

Steve Parfitt November 29th, 2007

I see there's a Level 1 refresher scheduled for Jan 20th at Arrowhead. But under 'capacity' it only says 4 and it seems to be full when I try to register.

Is this a firm limit or can more people be accommodated?

Jan Vopalensky November 29th, 2007

Steve, as you know we have limited number of course conductors and we cannot exceed the 1:8 (teacher:student) ratio.

Hence, yes, for now that is the limit. Note that this course is combined with XC Level I cert. course and is given only by one Course Conductor (Paul J.). I am trying to find another CC, but so far I have no luck.

Lastly, if you have any specific course question, please post them to the Ontario XC courses page (http://www.cansi.ca/en/news/2007/11/000190.php). This page is about general Ontario course policies and not any specific XC course.

Hope this helps.

/ Jan

Ben Brisbois December 12th, 2007

My CANSI level 1 lapsed several years ago. I've been skiing a lot in the meantime, but not instructing. Can I take a level 1 refresher?


Jan Vopalensky December 12th, 2007

Ben, you can take Level I Refresher provided your last certification or refresher was not more than 10 years ago. After that period, you are considered an Affiliate member and need to take a Level I course from scratch.

Note that this national policy is described on the "Membership Types" page http://cansi.ca/en/membership/types/ - namely under the Associate heading.

Also note that in last 10 years the XC Level I certification requirements changed a lot. Now you need to know 1-Skate in order to pass full XC Level I. However, you now have the option to pass just the XC Classic Level I. More details are available in the news item at http://www.cansi.ca/en/news/2007/11/000197.php.

Lastly, if you have hard time finding answers to your questions, try the FAQ page or just use the search facility of this website - available on every page under the right-side menu.

/ Jan

Dave Riddell January 1st, 2008

In order to get ready, I'm wondering if I can find out what skiing techniques and teaching skills are emphasized/taught at the Level II Nordic Instructor Certification Course being held this February in Duntroon.