For more than 50 years, SSI has worked very hard to improve our service, products and market position. All to simply meet the expectations of our members worldwide, while remaining competitive.
These constant improvements and new developments have earned SSI the distinctive position of being “The Largest Professional Business Based Training Agency in the World!” This is only possible because of our Training Centers and Professionals.
To remain in a leadership position, we must also maintain the integrity of both our brand and training. This is where all Professionals play a role. The expectation for all SSI Professionals is to be role models and conduct SSI training programs with the highest degree of integrity and honesty, all with one goal, upholding the quality of the SSI brand and delivering, “The Ultimate Diving Experience!”
This expectation is especially true for our Instructor Trainers, the pinnacle of the SSI Professional Community. Being an Instructor Trainer is an “earned privilege,” granted through an intensive qualification and application phase. Even then, the coveted SSI IT rating is only granted by meeting the high-performance requirements during training. To protect the integrity of this rating, SSI Instructor Trainers must meet the Active Teaching Status requirements. Part of those requirements is Exclusivity. To maintain the authenticity of our brand, SSI will now enforce the following Training Standards paragraph for Recreational Scuba, Extended Range and Freediving Instructor Trainers:
“Exclusively use the SSI Total Teaching System for all recreational levels and issue only SSI certifications. Only those programs that SSI does not provide materials for can be conducted through another agency.”
Over the years, there have been various exceptions for Extended Range and Freediving. By the end of 2021, the entire product range for both will be available and the reasons for training other agencies instructors will no longer be valid. Starting January 1, 2022, SSI will enforce the “Exclusivity Standard” for all Instructor Trainers. This simply means that all Active Teaching Status SSI IT’s must commit to exclusively teach SSI programs, or if you so choose to hold an additional Instructor Trainer rating with another agency, you will drop back to the SSI Instructor level.
Additionally, there will be a new Training Standard related to instructor Trainers. In order to maintain the SSI IT rating, Instructor Trainer’s will now be required to teach a minimum of 1 ITC (Instructor Training Course) every 2 years to maintain Active Teaching Status. This will ensure that all Instructor Trainers stay current and provide the most up-to-date training experience available for their candidates.
Please remember, none of this is really new. At all times, SSI enforces the Training Standards (General, Ethical and Training) using the automated QMS Questionnaires for Student and Professional programs.
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