If you want to be selected, firstly you have to respect the application form’s deadline (usually around september). You need to have : sailing licence, first aid certification (PSC1) and kitesurf medical certificate. Then you need to send the idea of the project you want to realise during the year.
Secondly you have to pass the practical test, tests exigences préalables (TEP), which is usually in november. There are three exams: the first one is about technical requirement, the second is about swim and the last one is an oral examination.
The technical requirement concern freestyle and foil disciplines. You need to be able to do back and front rotation with a twintip board, to know how kiteloop and show some unhooked tricks as well (as raley). Than you have to be able to foil: going upwind, downwind, and do some transitions.
The swim test is about to swim 800m against waves.
The oral examination is a test to see how much you know about kitesurf’s world and its disciplines, as well as verify your motivation and your skills to accomplish your personal project related to kitesurf.
This preselection is an overall result between your application form and the TEP. This ranking (you are not gonna know it) will affect either if you can get into the diploma or not and the chances you have to acces to any financements.
If you need further informations check the CREPS of Montpellier‘s website.
The diploma starts in january. But first you need to find the way to pay it and the structure where you are going to work.
– You have differnts methods of payement (the costs is around 9.000€) : self-financing, Programme Régional Qualifiant o PRQ (your district, or region, will take charge of it), apprenticeship training contract (you have to sign a deal with a kiteschool that will pay either your diploma and an extra monthly salary, around 500-600€), professional training contract (it’s pretty similar to the apprenticeship contract but you are going to be paid a bit more, just the UCPA does it), any other deal you can find by yourself to let you pay, entirely or partially, your diploma by another clubs, federations or schools.
– Last but not least, you have to choose the structure. From this choice will depend either the way to pay your diploma and the workload. You have to choose a place where you can do your teaching, training, tutoring and realise your project. You can choose just one school or more. I decided to do my teaching and tutoring stage and realise my project at UCPA of Port Barcarès but I did my training stage at KSL Kitesurf Leucate association, because I couldn’t do it at UCPA.
If everything is fine at the end of march you will start you traineeships in the school you’ve chosen. From april to september you will move aorund differents locations in the south of France: your school, the CREPS and other places to atteds some training or events, During this period the workload can be tough because you have to organise some training session and your tutoring project beside your teaching work.
From august you can start to attend your exam about teaching, and safety. In septemebr you will have your lasts exams and in novemeber you have the opportunity to retake the tests in case you’ve failed.