Brexit Updates

The UK leaving the EU  will impact how some of our members can travel and work in EU countries. We’ll make sure all the information we have is published here for members to access.

Latest Brexit News

Brexit FAQs

  • How do I complete my level 4 qualification now that the UK has left the EU?

    We're currently finalising these details and we'll share this information as soon as we have a clear pathway in place.

  • How does Brexit impact my BASI Insurance?

    A few members have been talking on social media recently about the impact of Brexit upon BASI Members’ Public Liability Insurance. The information shared has not been completely accurate, so in order to nip any confusion in the bud early on, here’s the latest information directly from our insurers themselves. 

    UK ResidentNon-UK Resident
    UK CitizenCovered*Covered*
    Non-UK CitizenCovered*NOT COVERED
    *Cover is in place provided you are working within the remit of your licence AND within the requirements of the country in question

    BASI Members’ Public Liability Insurance is primarily aimed at UK residents and UK citizens working as snowsports instructors worldwide. Whilst these members may travel abroad regularly due to the nature of the job, it has always been aimed at members who are based in the UK. However, a recent development is that if you are a UK citizen, living abroad for the purposes of work as a snowsport instructor, and provided that you abide by the limitations of your licence (e.g. not operating off-piste on a glacier) and you act within the laws of the country you’re in (e.g. not ignoring any new requirements for work visas/permits), then our insurers will extend the policy to cover you. What’s more, if you are a non-UK citizen but you have moved to and are resident in the UK, then you will be covered. However, if you’re not a UK citizen and you’re not resident in the UK, then I’m afraid you cannot benefit from this insurance cover. 

    There is one notable exception here; members of any citizenship who are current BASI Trainers and who have declared themselves resident outside the UK are still covered, but only when they are contracted to deliver courses on behalf of BASI.

    We understand that, due to fear of not being covered, some members have opted for their own policies and have also expressed the wish to be able to choose whether or not to have insurance included as part of their membership. Hopefully this recent development reassures the majority of members that if they maintain their membership, they will continue to benefit from BASI’s Public Liability Insurance cover. Our current insurance certificate is now available for your use, and when Bluefin update their policy wording then we will update this page too.

  • Will BASI Qualifications still be valid post Brexit?

    As per the email BASI members received on the 11th December 2020, Jim Lister stated that he believed the U.K. government were focussed on giving us a master framework from which we would need to renegotiate qualification recognition with our counterparts in certain EU member states. Whilst the Draft UK-EU Trade & Cooperation Agreement does still need to be passed by Parliament, based on a first reading it indeed appears that a master framework is what we’ll get. We will continue to study the document and seek professional advice on its implications for our members at all levels, however our understanding is that the “automatic” recognition given to holders of the full Alpine Level 4 ISTD qualification, in place thanks to the UK’s participation in the CTT scheme, will be gone after the 31st December 2020. This means that until BASI can use the new UK-EU agreement to get new formal recognition in place, the ongoing recognition of BASI qualifications at all levels will be at the discretion of the authorities in each EU member state. However BASI has neither heard of nor received any indication from any of our counterparts in alpine EU member states that they would not continue to recognise our qualifications, and we will endeavour to establish formal recognition as rapidly as possible