Besides teaching skills classes, the ACA now offers assessments.  I have noticed that several local whitewater schools are very interested in this new program.  To qualify, a student has to be an ACA member and pass a comprehensive test of those skills.  Instructors need to carefully document the skills demonstrated and provide detailed feedback where applicable.  The skills assessment form is kept on file for life by the ACA and available to others as requested.  The new skills assessment classes are a great stepping stone for students that want something more challenging and great preparation for eventual instructor certification. All the discipline assessment checklists are here: ACA Courses/Assessments.