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MTB Instructor Courses

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Train to become certified as a globally recognised Professional Mountain Bike Instructor. Open the door to more career opportunities in the MTB industry, improve your riding and ability to teach others.

Courses in Japan

Our base is in Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture, and is where we try to schedule L1 courses but, if you are able to gather a group to meet the minimum numbers then we are able to travel to you, although running the course will depend on having suitable terrain at your loaction.

Important Info

JOI works with the PMBIA to set up and run courses in Japan. PMBIA handles registration and Payment directly. When registering for a course on our website, you will be taken to the PMBIA registration form.
Once you have registered, course information, such at meeting locations, pre-course materials and membership log in details will be sent to you directly from the PMBIA.

Course Information

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Check out the PMBIA System Overview to better understand the levels.

Level 1

Dates

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Price

COURSE CONTEXT & LIMITATIONS

The Level 1 course is designed to train new instructors to teach and guide mountain biking:

  • to beginner to intermediate riders
  • on green and blue, single track terrain
  • in a “front country” environment, no more than 1hr away from emergency medical care
  • during small group lessons, ranging from 2 to 3 hr teaching blocks (a full day could be two, 3hr lessons)
  • for an established mountain bike school, club or coaching service

Course Duration: Three days + pre-course reading and worksheet (2-3hrs), totalling 27 hrs, including assessment.

DESCRIPTION

The Level 1 course trains both new and experienced instructors to skillfully teach and guide beginner to intermediate mountain bikers, in both cross country and downhill environments. New instructors learn the tools they need to safely and effectively teach, while experienced instructors will increase their level of skill and understanding in teaching and riding theory, that the PMBI Certifications uniquely provide.

A strong focus is given to learning teaching skills in their own right, to develop a sense of this all-important part of a mountain bike lesson. As you learn and practice proven, modern teaching skills through the course, you’ll see how being a good rider is only one part of being a professional instructor.

Each day of the three-day course, instructor candidates will learn riding skills and theory, have plenty of time to practice, and receive personal feedback for your own improvement. Additional PMBI Workshops covering topics such as bike-fit, mechanics and first aid, take place at the start or end of each day, to further build your knowledge and skill set during the course.

For information on re-certifying, re-tests and crossing over from other certifications, please see our FAQ page.

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?
  • Develop your passion for teaching: Any professional instructor must have a passion for teaching as much as they do for riding. This course will give you the essential tools you need to become a professional instructor. You’ll learn how much teaching is a skill in its own right, and how important this is in becoming a fun, safe, effective instructor and guide.
  • Improve your riding skills: learn the all-important, fundamental skills you need to rail corners, gain confidence on technical climbs & descents, and master manoeuvres such as front and rear wheel lifts, or rolling drops. Learn how to gain control in any situation to build confidence, safety and fun on your bike.
  • Some key things you’ll learn: How to ride better and why the skills you learn work, how to plan and execute professional, skills and manoeuvre-based, mountain bike lessons in both cross country and downhill settings, and how to guide MTB groups safely on technical terrain during your lessons.
  • Become more skilled, versatile and adaptable as a rider and instructor
  • Have fun: it’s 3 days of riding bikes, learning and getting stoked!
  • Become your own coach: Through a greater knowledge of riding skills and learning theory, your increased understanding of the sport will help you analyze your own riding and enable you to teach yourself!
  • Recognized Certification from the best: Gain the industries most widely available and globally adopted mountain bike instructor certification, the PMBI Certification.
PRE-REQUISITES

PMBI Ride Guide course an asset, but not mandatory

  • Confident riding at trail speed on technical, intermediate terrain, including Whistler-grade green, blue and “light” black trails. Level 1 instructors must be comfortable riding any blue trails in the world, regardless of the blue trails in their home location.The PMBI Level 1 Instructor is an industry-wide certification standard, so instructors should be able to guide and teach on any trails, anywhere, within their certification level.

  • Completed Level 1 Worksheet (available upon registration)

  • A minimum of 36 months mountain biking experience.

  • 40hr Wilderness First Aid Certification, or equivalent, strongly recommended (but not required to take the course)

  • The minimum age for the Level 1 is 15 years old. However, the PMBIA does recommend Level 1 instructors younger than 17, work with an assistant coach of age to help deal with any personal, first aid or emergency situations, should they arise.

READING MATERIALS & WORKSHEET: 2 – 3 HRS

The pre-course workshop is essential to prepare for the Level 1 course, so you can get the most out of your PMBIA Training. It involves reading the PMBIA Reference Guide and completing the Level 1 Worksheet. Please note the reading and worksheet takes approximately 2 – 3 hrs to complete.

LEVEL 1 WORKSHEET: Candidates must complete the Level 1 Worksheet (at the back of the course booklet), prior to the course commencing.

This worksheet acts as your “written assessment” portion of the course. Please print or copy (handwritten or word doc. is fine) this worksheet, along with your answers and submit to the course conductor on the morning of DAY ONE of the course. Alternatively, you can email your worksheet to the course conductor, when you meet them on the morning of day 1. Please allow plenty of time to read the materials and complete the worksheet.

  • Questions 1 – 26 to be completed prior to the course and submitted on morning of day one.

  • Questions 27 – 34 can be completed either before or during the course.

LEVEL 1 COURSE BOOKLET: This provides an outline of the three-day course, including the agenda and summary of the key information and workshops presented during the course.

PMBIA REFERENCE GUIDE: This is the complete, detailed Instructor Reference Guide to be used for course preparation before the course, during the course and for continued learning after the course.

Prior to the course and in order to complete the Level 1 worksheet, candidates should read the following sections, as a minimum:

  • Guiding Skills

  • Teaching Skills

  • Riding Skills

  • Level 1: Beginner to Intermediate (yellow section)

To view these items, log into the Members Area (after you have registered for the course), go to ‘My Courses’ and click on the relevant course.

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION, IF I’M TRAVELLING?
PMBI courses require minimum numbers to run and while most courses do run, some do not. It is therefore very important you do not make any travel arrangements, until the course is confirmed to be happening. Simply registering for a course is not a confirmation that the course will ultimately run.

WEATHER
Be ready to ride, regardless of weather; be sure to dress appropriately for conditions and bring spare clothes as required. The course will not be cancelled due to rain or hot/cold weather. Only severe weather conditions such as heavy rain (which damages the trails), heavy snow, lightning storms or extreme heat waves, may result in a course being rescheduled.

To view our Booking & Cancellation Policy, please click here: PMBIA Policies

TIMING
Please be punctual and arrive ready to listen, learn and ride! Plan your journey to the course location and if in doubt, take extra time to avoid being late. We will take up to an hour for lunch each day, between approximately 12pm – 1pm. Please bring food or money for food, depending on course location. Days typically finish between 4-5pm.

To be eligible for a PMBIA certification, you must attend the complete course for the full three days, totalling 27hrs training (including pre-course reading and worksheet).

EQUIPMENT
For Level 1 Courses in lift-accessed, downhill bike parks (lift up, ride down):
Ideally, the PMBIA recommends a good working, modern “Trail” or “Enduro” bike with 5-6 inches of suspension front and rear, quality disc brakes (180 or 200mm rotors) with downhill or enduro casing tires (to avoid pinch flats associated with harder terrain and higher speeds in bike parks). Although not ideal, due to cadence and climbing exercises when practice teaching, downhill bikes can also be used on a Level 1 course in a lift-accessed, downhill bike park.
A modern helmet that fits correctly and knee pads, are mandatory. Gloves and elbow pads are strongly recommended, but at the discretion of the individual. Full face helmets can be worn, but are not mandatory.

For Level 1 Courses in cross country trail networks (no lifts, ride up and down): 
A modern, good working cross country, trail or enduro bike. Downhill bikes will NOT be suitable for Level 1 courses held in cross country trail networks.
A modern helmet that fits correctly, is mandatory. Knee pads, gloves, and elbow pads are strongly recommended, but at the discretion of the individual.

OTHER EQUIPMENT?
You will need to bring the following things…

  • working phone

  • pen and paper

  • small backpack or hip-pack to carry these things…

    • spare tubes and patches/tubeless puncture kit

    • tire levers and pump

    • multi-tool and chain tool

    • first aid kit

    • rain jacket/spare clothes based on weather

    • water & snacks

    • lunch, or money for lunch

WHAT RIDING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?

For the Level 1 course, you should be comfortable on technical green, blue and single black diamond trails. Be aware that these trail ratings are based off technical, B.C. trails that are often more challenging when compared to other riding destinations. For example, a Whistler – grade blue trail, may be more similar to a black trail, somewhere else.

Riders should be comfortable climbing and descending intermediate, rough terrain, with roots and rocks, cornering with speed and performing basic maneuvers such as front and rear wheel lifts, pedalling wheel lifts and small roll-down style drop-offs. For more details, check out the Riding & Teaching Standards, below.

RIDING & TEACHING STANDARD

Below are some of the main examples of the riding and teaching skills required on the PMBI Level 1 course. Candidates should be able to guide students safely, while effectively teaching using the PMBI Skill System, teaching models and terminology.

  • Consistent Position & Balance skills through the ‘Climbing”, “Neutral” and “Ready” Positions, combined with a good range of movement.

  • Consistently maintains an efficient cadence and straight chain line

  • Can brake without skidding on loose terrain, using both brakes.

  • Consistent trail scanning for smooth, efficient riding.

  • Can begin to show bike-body separation through some angulation and rotation skills.

  • Climbing and descending on technical, single track (strong intermediate) terrain

  • Banked and flat corners on various terrain surfaces

  • Maintain chosen line in technical (rooty/rocky/uneven) terrain

  • Front & rear wheel lifts – standing

  • Seated front wheel lift, using a pedal stroke (very basic wheelie)

  • Switchbacks – slow, tight turns

  • Basic ladder bridges/raised trails

  • Prioritizes safety and guiding over teaching, at all times.

  • Consistent use of Lesson Format & Training Wheel for well structured, safe and effective lessons.

  • Clearly Explain & Demonstrate techniques

  • Choose safe, appropriate terrain for student Practice

  • Assess students and provide positive, simple feedback to continue learning

  • Can begin to use the “I.D.E.A Progression” to improve organization and delivery to lessons.

  • Basic mechanics: adjusting a bike to fit, suspension sag and rebound set-up, flat tires, broken chains, replacing brake pads, adjusting headsets, correct cleaning and maintenance.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

In order for candidates to successfully gain a PMBI Level 1 certification, they must pass both a riding and teaching evaluation during the course. Candidates must be comfortable riding all day long on intermediate single track, terrain, while providing safe, effective lessons on green and blue trails.

TEACHING ASSESSMENT: Candidates must plan and execute safe lessons, guiding students on appropriate terrain, managing the class safely, while showing a clear understanding and use of all aspects of the Training Wheel. Candidates will get four or more chances to practice teach and must show the standard of teaching in at least three of the 10 – 20 minute practice sessions. The specific teaching competencies are outlined in more detail in the Level 1 Course Booklet.

RIDING COMPETENCIES: Candidates must show consistent, comfortable and correct riding technique on green and blue technical trails, to effectively demonstrate the Six Skills of Mountain Biking. The specific riding competencies are outlined in more detail in the Level 1 Course Booklet.

WRITTEN ASSESSMENT: Candidates must read the PMBIA Reference Guide, Level 1 Course Booklet and complete the Level 1 Worksheet, prior to the course commencing. The reading and worksheet takes approximately 2 – 3hrs and acts as the written portion of the candidates assessment.

JUDGING FORMAT: The PMBIA works hard to ensure consistent training and assessment standards are maintained from course to course, location to location and from one Course Conductor to another. The PMBIA makes this possible through regular Course Conductor training, constantly refined and updated Course Conductor materials, plus extensive and detailed riding and teaching competencies, for each course. Every PMBIA Course Conductor has the full confidence of the PMBIA to consistently and accurately assess candidates on any course, at any location.

However, like with any human interactions and practical, performance-based assessments, there will always be the “human factor”. Candidates should therefore understand and fully accept that at the end of the day, their riding and teaching performances are ultimately being judged by another person. Given the significant difference in riding, teaching and instructor training experience between candidates and Course Conductors, try to also remember that a candidate’s impression of their own or a fellow candidates’ riding or teaching skills, may often differ to that of the Course Conductors.

All course assessments are final and should be respected, given the extensive and ongoing, professional training and experience held by each and every PMBIA Course Conductor.

For more information on course logistics, re-certifying, re-tests and crossing over from other certifications, please see our Level 1 FAQ page here.

Please read through the details below for information on common questions, before emailing us:

GENERAL QUESTIONS: age, first aid requirements, rain, never taught before, etc.
RE-TESTS: if a candidate fails a portion of the course.
RE-CERTIFICATION & MEMBERSHIP:  how to re-certify, what’s included in the membership
CROSSING OVER: from other certifications
INJURIES: before a course

GENERAL QUESTIONS

WHAT’S THE MINIMUM AGE FOR THE COURSE?
The minimum age for the Level 1 is 15 years old. However, certain risk management and assessment decisions will always benefit from a more experienced, older instructor or guide. This is why the PMBIA strongly recommends Level 1 instructors younger than 17, should only work as an assistant coach or tail guide.

DO I NEED MY FIRST AID CERTIFICATE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSE?
No. While the PMBIA strongly recommends all instructors be a minimum 40hr Wilderness/Outdoor First Aid certified before working as an instructor or guide, you do not need a first-aid certificate, prior to participating in the course.

WILL THE COURSE RUN IF IT’S RAINING?
Yes, the course runs rain or shine. Mountain bike instructors and guides work in the outdoors. If clients want to ride in the rain or heat, within reason, the instructor or guide has to. With the exceptions of extreme weather and/or lightning, the course runs so make sure you have dressed appropriately and have spare clothes if required. Spare socks and gloves go a long way on rainy, cold days.

WHAT RIDING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?
For the Level 1 course, you should be comfortable on technical green, blue and single black diamond trails. Be aware that these trail ratings are based on technical, B.C. trails that are often more challenging when compared to other riding destinations. For example, a Whistler – grade blue trail, may be more similar to a black trail, somewhere else.

Riders should be comfortable climbing and descending intermediate, rough terrain, with roots and rocks, cornering with speed and performing basic manoeuvres such as front and rear wheel lifts, pedalling wheel lifts and small roll-down style drop-offs. For more details, check out the Riding & Teaching Standards, here.

I’VE NEVER TAUGHT BEFORE, IS THAT OKAY?
The Level 1 course is designed to train people who have never taught before, all the way to coaches who have been teaching biking for years. Some people pick up teaching straight away, teaching more clearly and simply than others who have taught for years. It all depends on the individual, their life experiences and their willingness to learn new skills.

CAN I TAKE THE LEVEL 1 AND 2 IN THE SAME YEAR?
The PMBIA recommends teaching for at least a season, between passing the Level 1 and signing up for the Level 2. This helps consolidate all the teaching and guiding skills that are presented on Level 1. Level 2 also requires more advanced riding skills, which may take some Level 1 instructors one, two or even three years to learn.

However, an experienced instructor (for example, they are a Level 2 or 3 Snowboard Instructor) who is also a strong, experienced mountain biker, might be able to successfully pass both courses in the same season. Technically, once you have the Level 1 you can sign up for the Level 2 straight away… just be sure you are ready and you take into account the PMBIA’s recommendations.

RE-TESTS

IF I FAIL THE RIDING OR TEACHING PORTION OF THE COURSE, HOW DO I RE-TEST?

Re-testing is always an opportunity to learn and continue to improve. As much as we never like to see someone not completing a course, we strongly urge them to finish the training process and return for a re-test.

  • Riding re-tests can return for only the second day of the Level 1 course and involve candidates riding for the day with the group while being assessed by the PMBIA Course Conductor. Or you can submit a video of your riding for review. Please email info@pmbia.org for details.

  • Teaching re-tests must return for only the second day of the Level 1 course and involve candidates teaching one manoeuvre-based lesson and one skills-based lesson. Please see your PMBIA Course Conductor first thing in the morning with any questions or concerns you may have.

  • Level 1 Recertification Course: This is a one day course that reviews the Level 1 materials and provides an opportunity to practice teach and be reassessed. Candidates can choose to use this course, as a means to retest either their riding or teaching.

  • Price for members: All Level 1 re-tests, whether attending one day of the three day Level 1 course or attending the one-day Level 1 Recertification Course, cost $125 +tax.

  • Timeline: Level 1 re-tests have one calendar year to complete the re-test. Failure to complete the re-test within the deadline will require the candidate to take the full Level 1 course again.

  • Successful re-tests will receive a certificate dating from the time they first took the full, Level 1 Course and not the date of the re-test.

Please make sure you have taken the appropriate time and practice to genuinely improve your riding or teaching, before signing up for a re-test. Not taking enough time and/or not being aware enough of your own progress, are by far the most common reasons why re-tests are not successful.

TO REGISTER for a re-test, please email info@pmbia.org with the subject “RE-TEST: insert course level, insert course dates”.

RE-CERTIFICATION & MEMBERSHIP

HOW LONG DOES MY PMBI CERTIFICATION LAST? DO I NEED TO RE-CERTIFY?

The PMBIA certification is valid for three years. If you wish to remain up to date you must either take a development module, the next level of certification course, or a Re-certification course, before your certification becomes older than three years and expires. This ensures our members maintain a minimum level of competency and skill, to ensure the PMBIA upholds a professional standard within the industry.

HOW DO I RE-CERTIFY?
The only reason you would need to take a Re-certification course, is if you take no other PMBIA training course, within three years. So, your best bet is try the next level of certification or take a development module, like the Kids Teaching Module or an L2 AIR module.

However, if you are unable or choose not to, you will, therefore, need to take a Level 1 Re-certification course, to maintain your Level 1 status. Simply sign up for a one-day re-certification course and brush up those skills! For more details, check out the course page here.

I TOOK MY PMBI COURSE MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO, WHAT COURSE SHOULD I TAKE?

Any Level 1 instructor that took a course more than three years ago, will need to sign up for the three-day PMBI Level 1, at a discounted rate. Please email info@pmbia.org before registering for the course, to claim the discount.
Three years is a long time and this is a perfect opportunity to refresh your knowledge, brush up your teaching skills and make sure you can be the best instructor or guide, possible.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP & WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
To be a member, you must have a current PMBI certification (see above) and pay for a yearly membership. Annual PMBIA membership will allow you to enjoy its many benefits including access to all the latest teaching materials, pro-deals, newsletters, training tools, and more.

The memberships fees also help genuinely support the PMBIA. These fees go directly towards paying for the administration of the association, developing new course materials, website and resource improvements, researching new locations, building new industry partnerships, and a whole lot more!

CROSSING OVER FROM OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

WHY DO I NEED TO START WITH PMBI LEVEL 1, IF I’M ALREADY IMBA/ICP CERTIFIED?

In a nutshell, the PMBI Level 1 course is more akin to the IMBA/ICP Level 2 course. This is also the same for some other certifications out there. The PMBIA have had many course participants over the years and have consistently found that even Level 2’s from other certifications (often from their own feedback), still benefit most from the taking the PMBI Level 1, first. Teaching mountain biking is inherently dangerous so the PMBI expects more from our Level 1 instructors, to ensure any future beginner and intermediate students are looked after accordingly.

The other thing to consider is not just Level 1, but also Level 2. PMBI Level 2 is a truly advanced instructor course and requires instructors to be knowledgeable and consistent with the teaching methodologies and materials from the PMBI Level 1 course, specifically. It builds directly from the PMBI Level 1, so without that prior knowledge, people struggle to benefit properly from the PMBI Level 2.

The continuation of knowledge from Level 1 to 2 is paramount to candidates gaining the most from the PMBIA training. We want anyone crossing over to PMBIA to gain the most from their training with us and it’s with this logic and our previous experience, that these recommendations have been formed.

The PMBIA has always worked hard to raise the standards for mountain bike instructor and guide training, and this still drives us today.

INJURIES

I HAVE HAD AN INJURY OR CONCUSSION THAT IS STILL AFFECTING ME. SHOULD I DISCLOSE THIS INFORMATION IN THE REGISTRATION PROCESS AND SHOULD I STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSE?

The PMBIA strongly recommends not registering or attending a course if you are not 100% physically and mentally capable; this is especially important if you have recently suffered a concussion.

Please let us know if you have any prior injuries, before registering for the course.

You will be riding and thinking (a lot) for multiple days. The PMBI courses are physically and mentally demanding. Please consult your physician for a professional opinion on your physical condition, should you have any concerns.

I HURT MYSELF RIDING AFTER I REGISTERED (BUT BEFORE THE COURSE) AND CAN NO LONGER ATTEND THE COURSE. WILL I GET A REFUND?
This sounds like an obvious thing to say, but if you’ve paid your money and signed up for a PMBI course, you should be taking it easy and making smart decisions so you don’t get hurt riding, before the course. It is your responsibility to make sure you are healthy and ready to participate.

For any injury related cancellations, a doctor’s note will be required and you will be offered a 50% refund, or space on another course. Please contact us as soon as possible if you think you will not be able to attend due to injury at info@pmbia.org

PMBI courses require minimum numbers to run. They also require many logistics, including trail permits for specific dates, detailed scheduling, travel and accommodation of course staff, and are confirmed two weeks prior to the start date. It is for these reasons this refund-injury policy exists to ensure the not-for-profit PMBIA and it’s course participants, do not suffer from last minute cancellations.

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Level 2 AIR Course

4 DAY INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED INSTRUCTOR COURSE

The Level 2 allows the student to choose a specialized focus, Air Instructor or Tech Instructor.
Completing both courses are required to move on to the Level 3. Please see the Certification Overview (above) for more information.

Dates

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DESCRIPTION

4-DAY INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION

AIR COURSE

This Intermediate – Advanced Instructor course both focuses on teaching and guiding intermediate to advanced riders in lift-access bike park settings. Instructors will learn how to refine their guiding, teaching, and analytical skills from the Level 1 Course while increasing their knowledge of riding and teaching techniques so they can confidently build and deliver safe, effective lessons for stronger, intermediate, or advanced riders in more challenging terrain.

Additional workshops covering topics such as bike and suspension set-up, PRE-CAP Skill Development Model, Goal Setting, and Performance Factors take place throughout the courses to further build knowledge and skills.

The AIR course is built from the same Core Foundation found in the Level 1, including the Six Skill System riding theory and the Training Wheel and IDEA Progression teaching models. This results in both the AIR and TECH courses having the same core foundation, providing instructors with a common ground from which to develop and present intermediate to advanced lessons.

The Skill-Based teaching component of the AIR course focuses on analyzing, isolating, and developing specific skills to ensure instructors deliver the most relevant and effective lessons.

While both the AIR and TECH courses focus on developing skill-based teaching concepts for descending, steeps, rock rolls, cornering, and technical terrain, the AIR course spends more time with a focus on descending and cornering lessons.

The Maneuver-Based teaching component of the AIR course focuses on training instructors how to introduce intermediate riders to jumps and drops.

A strong focus is given to further analyzing the Six Skills of riding during the courses to ensure a deeper understanding of the physics, skills, and biomechanics involved in riding at the advanced ability level. In addition, advanced teaching skills are also presented on the Level 2 courses, which require a consolidation of the Level 1 Teaching Material. Typically, at least a season of full-time teaching is required between the Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications.

COURSE CONTEXT

The Level 2 AIR Certification is designed to train PMBIA instructors to teach and guide mountain biking:

  • to intermediate to advanced riders
  • on green, blue and single black diamond (red in Europe), single track terrain
  • on typical terrain/location: lift accessed bike parks, trail centres with jump/flow trails
  • with common instructors goals (skill based): Bermed Corners, Flat Corners, Descending, Steeps/Tech, Rock Rolls, Pumping
  • with common instructors goals (maneuver based): Introducing riders to Jumps & Drops
  • in a “front to mid-country” environment, no more than 2 hrs away from emergency medical care
  • during private or group lessons, ranging from 2 to 6 hrs
  • for an established mountain bike school, club or coaching service

Course Duration: Four days + pre-course reading and worksheet (2-3 hrs), totalling 35 hrs, including assessment.

PRE-REQUISITES
  • PMBIA Level 1 Certification mandatory
  • 2+ seasons teaching experience highly recommended, but not mandatory.
  • Kids Module is an asset, but not mandatory
  • Completed Level 2 Worksheet (available upon registration)
  • Confident riding at speed with consistent form and technique on technical and flowy intermediate to advanced terrain; including green, blue and black trails.
  • 40hr Wilderness First Aid (or equivalent) expected but not mandatory, as per the Level 1 recommendation.
  • A minimum age of 17 is required for Level 2. Guiding and teaching mountain biking is inherently dangerous and being legally responsible for other adults and children, warrants a minimum age for certified instructors.
  • Confident, advanced mountain bikers who are passionate about teaching and keen to develop their riding and teaching skills to teach intermediate to advanced students.
  • Instructors with experience teaching beginner to intermediate students, in a variety of terrain.
  • Instructors who are comfortable riding with consistent skills and technique on advanced, technical, single-black diamond trails and who can consistently perform the advanced maneuvers:
    • AIR: steeps, rock rolls on blue and single black diamond (red in Europe), small to medium tabletop jumps, approximately 6 – 12ft from lip to landing and drop-offs up to 5 ft high using a variety of techniques
  • Riders who are comfortable riding with and leading groups in an outdoor environment, in challenging terrain in all conditions, while being responsible for the welfare of other adults and children.
READING MATERIALS & WORKSHEET: 2 – 3 HRS

The pre-course workshop is essential to prepare for either the AIR or TECH Advanced Instructor courses, so you can get the most out of your PMBIA Training. It involves reading the comprehensive PMBIA Reference Guide and appropriate Course Booklet, before completing the mandatory course worksheet. Please note the reading and worksheet takes approximately 2 – 3 hrs to complete. These will be provided in your member profile following registration.

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION, IF I’M TRAVELLING?
PMBI courses require minimum numbers to run and while most courses do run, some do not. It is therefore very important you do not make any travel arrangements, until the course is confirmed to be happening. Simply registering for a course is not a confirmation that the course will ultimately run.

WEATHER
Be ready to ride, regardless of weather; be sure to dress appropriately for conditions and bring spare clothes as required. The course will not be cancelled due to rain or hot/cold weather. Only severe weather conditions such as heavy rain (which damages the trails), heavy snow, lightning storms or extreme heat waves, may result in a course being rescheduled.

To view our Booking & Cancellation Policy, please click here: PMBIA Policies

TIMING
Please be punctual and arrive ready to listen, learn and ride! Plan your journey to the course location and if in doubt, take extra time to avoid being late. We will take up to an hour for lunch each day, between approximately 12pm – 1pm. Please bring food or money for food, depending on course location. Days typically finish between 4-5pm.

To be eligible for a PMBIA certification, you must attend the complete course for the full three days, totalling 27hrs training (including pre-course reading and worksheet).

EQUIPMENT
For Level 1 Courses in lift-accessed, downhill bike parks (lift up, ride down):
Ideally, the PMBIA recommends a good working, modern “Trail” or “Enduro” bike with 5-6 inches of suspension front and rear, quality disc brakes (180 or 200mm rotors) with downhill or enduro casing tires (to avoid pinch flats associated with harder terrain and higher speeds in bike parks). Although not ideal, due to cadence and climbing exercises when practice teaching, downhill bikes can also be used on a Level 1 course in a lift-accessed, downhill bike park.
A modern helmet that fits correctly and knee pads, are mandatory. Gloves and elbow pads are strongly recommended, but at the discretion of the individual. Full face helmets can be worn, but are not mandatory.

For Level 1 Courses in cross country trail networks (no lifts, ride up and down): 
A modern, good working cross country, trail or enduro bike. Downhill bikes will NOT be suitable for Level 1 courses held in cross country trail networks.
A modern helmet that fits correctly, is mandatory. Knee pads, gloves, and elbow pads are strongly recommended, but at the discretion of the individual.

OTHER EQUIPMENT?
You will need to bring the following things…

  • working phone

  • pen and paper

  • small backpack or hip-pack to carry these things…

    • spare tubes and patches/tubeless puncture kit

    • tire levers and pump

    • multi-tool and chain tool

    • first aid kit

    • rain jacket/spare clothes based on weather

    • water & snacks

    • lunch, or money for lunch

AIR TEACHING

The teaching skills of the candidates will be assessed during a minimum of four, 10-20 minute practice teaching sessions. During these sessions, candidates will have the opportunity to ‘practice teach’ the other members of the group in both trail and open area environments, and receive feedback from the PMBIA Trainer.

ASSESMENT CRITERIA

Candidates should be able to guide students safely in green, blue or black, bike park-style terrain, while effectively developing their skills and introducing them to jumps and drops, showing a clear understanding and application of the Lesson Format, Training Wheel & IDEA Progression teaching models.

Level 2 candidates must be at the ‘consistent’ stage of skill development. Level 3 candidates must be at the ‘autonomous’ stage of skill development.

 

AIR RIDING

Both Level 2 and 3 candidates will be assessed on their overall riding skills and maneuvers throughout the entire course in lift-access/bike park trails, including jumps and drops. There will not be an isolated ‘ride off’ to assess riding skills. This ensures a more progressive, low-stress environment to learn and progress during the full course.

ASSESMENT CRITERIA

Both Level 2 and 3 AIR candidates should be comfortable descending intermediate to advanced technical terrain, including rock rolls, rough, loose and/or off camber terrain with roots and rocks, and cornering with speed and flow on flat and bermed corners. AIR instructors must also be able to perform advanced maneuvers such as jumps and drop-offs, over small to medium features.

Level 2 candidates must be at the ‘consistent’ stage of skill development. Level 3 candidates must be at the ‘autonomous’ stage of skill development.

 

 

AIR WORKSHEET

Candidates must read the AIR Course Booklet, PMBIA Reference Guide and complete the AIR Worksheet.

ASSESMENT CRITERIA

Completing the reading and worksheet takes approximately 2 – 4 hrs and acts as the written portion of the candidates assessment.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

DO I NEED MY FIRST AID CERTIFICATE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSE?
No. While the PMBIA strongly recommends all instructors be a minimum 40hr Wilderness/Outdoor First Aid certified before working as an instructor or guide, you do not need a first-aid certificate, prior to participating in the course.

CAN I TAKE THE LEVEL 1 AND 2 IN THE SAME YEAR?
The PMBIA recommends teaching for at least a season, between passing the Level 1 and signing up for the Level 2. This helps consolidate all the teaching and guiding skills that are presented on the Level 1 course. The Level 2 also requires more advanced riding skills, which may take some Level 1 instructors one, two or even three years to learn.

A popular option is to attend one of the 2-day AIR or TECH Development Modules, if you are interested in the Level 2 Certification. These are shorter and act as great preparation for the 4-day AIR or TECH Certification Courses by giving participants a taster of the full course content, as well as the Level 2 riding and teaching standards. However, an experienced instructor (for example, perhaps they are a Level 3 Snowboard Instructor) who is also a strong, experienced mountain biker, might be able to successfully pass both Level 1 and 2 Certifications in the same season. Technically, once you have the Level 1 you can sign up straight away for the full, 4-day AIR or TECH Certification Courses to gain the Level 2 Certificate… just make sure you are ready and you take into account the PMBIA’s recommendations!

WHAT’S THE MINIMUM AGE FOR THE COURSE?
The minimum age for Level 2 courses is 17 years old. Guiding and teaching mountain biking is inherently dangerous, especially at the intermediate to advanced level of riding. Because the instructor is legally responsible for other adults and children, this warrants a higher, minimum age for Level 2 certified instructors.

WHAT RIDING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?
For more details, check out the Level 2 AIR Riding & Teaching Standards on the video tab.

 

LEVEL 3 PATHWAY
LEVEL 3 REFINED, ADVANCED INSTRUCTOR

The Level 3 Certification requires instructors to complete both the 4-day Air Instructor Course and the 4-day Tech Instructor Course, and the Kids Module. The purpose of this modular approach to the Level 3 Certification is to provide a training pathway that builds a diverse, adaptable and refined, advanced instructor that can truly benefit the mountain bike industry. A PMBIA Level 3 Instructor will be able to work to a high degree of competency in a huge variety of mountain bike programs and industry positions.

Click here to learn more about the Level 3 pathway.

 

INJURIES
I HURT MYSELF RIDING AFTER I REGISTERED (BUT BEFORE THE COURSE) AND CAN NO LONGER ATTEND THE COURSE. WILL I GET A REFUND?
This may sound like an obvious thing to say, but if you’ve paid your money and signed up for a PMBIA course you should be taking it easy and making smart decisions so you don’t get hurt riding before the course. It is your responsibility to make sure you are healthy and ready to participate.

As an additional precaution against transmission of colds and influenza, we will not allow you to attend a class if you exhibit signs of such illness. NON-ATTENDANCE without notifying us before the start of the course, will result in 100% loss of payment.

Before the start of a course, for any injury or illness related cancellations, a doctor’s note (no later than five (5) business days after your original course date) will be required and you will be offered a 50% refund. Please contact us as soon as possible, before the start of the course, if you think you will not be able to attend due to injury or Illness at info@pmbia.org.

Once the course has started, if you get injured or become ill, there will be no refund offered.

PMBIA courses require minimum numbers to run. They also require many logistics, including trail permits for specific dates, detailed scheduling, travel and accommodation of course staff, and are confirmed two weeks prior to the start date. It is for these reasons this refund-injury policy exists to ensure the not-for-profit PMBIA, and its course participants, are not adversely impacted by last minute cancellations.

I HAVE HAD AN INJURY OR CONCUSSION THAT IS STILL AFFECTING ME. SHOULD I DISCLOSE THIS INFORMATION IN THE REGISTRATION PROCESS AND SHOULD I STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSE?
The PMBIA strongly recommends not registering or attending a course if you are at all unsure of your physical and mental capabilities; this is especially important if you have recently suffered a concussion.

Please let us know if you have any prior injuries, before registering for the course.

You will be riding and thinking (a lot) for multiple days. The PMBIA courses are physically and mentally demanding. Please consult your physician for a professional opinion on your physical condition, should you have any concerns.

To view our Booking & Cancellation Policy, please click here

CROSSING OVER FROM OTHER CERTIFICATIONS
I’M ONLY GOING TO BE COACHING RACERS & ADVANCED RIDERS, CAN I START WITH THE LEVEL 2 COURSE, INSTEAD OF THE LEVEL 1?
No, you’ll still need to start with the PMBIA Level 1 course. “Learn the fundamentals and do them well”. This is the mantra of any professional, career instructor, guide, coach or teacher… and to do this, you need to start with Level 1. The Level 1 course will still provide plenty of tools to help you analyze your riders technique, develop lesson plans and improve their skills.

If you want to learn how to jump, you have to learn how to pump the bike first. If you want to learn how to run, you need to walk first. It’s the same for teaching. The PMBIA has been involved with training instructors for nearly twenty years. We have seen hundreds if not thousands of teachers, instructors and coaches from all walks of life and different sports, over the years.

The commonality, still to this day, is that all the top, most recognized and respected coaches in the world are the ones who started with a basic Level 1 course, continued training and gradually increased their certifications over time.

I’VE BEEN COACHING WITHOUT A CERTIFICATION AND/OR RACING FOR A WHILE, CAN I SKIP THE LEVEL 1 AND GO STRAIGHT TO LEVEL 2?
No. PMBIA Level 1 is a mandatory requirement before signing up for Level 2. The PMBIA also recommends a year of teaching experience after the PMBIA Level 1, before taking Level 2.

The reasons are simple. Expert riding skills or amazing race results do not automatically qualify someone to be an effective instructor or guide. While a few people can, a good rider doesn’t automatically make for a good teacher, just as a good teacher doesn’t automatically make for a good rider.

The PMBIA courses are instructor courses, primarily designed to train people how to teach. Teaching is complex and requires a variety of skills and expertise. Being able to break down skills, communicate effectively, build lesson plans, analyze technique, find solutions and pathways for improvement, empathize with different ability levels, understand and adapt to different learning styles, guide students at the appropriate speed on the appropriate terrain… and so on, it’s a lot to do!

Teaching, like any other profession, is a skill that takes a long time to learn how to do well. Just as you may have spent a long time learning how to ride a bike well, it takes the same time and investment to develop your teaching skills. Imagine it the other way around. Should an expert teacher who has never ridden, skip the Level 1 and go to Level 2? No, they naturally need to spend the time learning about and building their riding skills, just as a racer might need to start from the beginning to develop and learn about teaching skills.

The other reason is the PMBIA Level 2 Certification builds directly from the PMBIA Level 1 course content and materials. Even if you can or have coached in the past, without knowing and practicing the specific PMBIA Level 1 content, the Level 2 will be even more challenging. As such, the continuation of knowledge from Level 1 to 2 is paramount to candidates gaining the most from the PMBIA training.

The PMBIA has seen many world cup racers, pro’s and professional teachers or coaches on the PMBIA Level 1 courses over the years. These people, despite their incredible resumes or achievements, have all found the PMBIA Level 1 a truly valuable experience.

WHY DO I NEED TO START WITH PMBIA LEVEL 1, IF I’M ALREADY IMBA/BICP CERTIFIED?
The PMBIA Level 1 course is more akin to the IMBA/BICP Level 2 course. This is also the same for other MTB certifications out there. The PMBIA have had many course participants over the years from other programs, and have consistently found that even Level 2’s from other certifications still benefit most from taking the PMBIA Level 1, first. Teaching mountain biking is inherently dangerous so the PMBIA expects more from our Level 1 Instructors, to ensure they deliver the safest, most effective lessons possible.

The other thing to consider is not just Level 1, but also Level 2. The PMBIA Level 2 certification is an advanced instructor training program and requires instructors to be knowledgeable and consistent with the teaching methodologies and materials from the PMBIA Level 1 course. Because the PMBIA Level 2 builds directly from the PMBIA Level 1, without that prior knowledge, people struggle to come into the PMBIA Level 2 and be successful.

The continuation of knowledge from Level 1 to 2 is therefore paramount to candidates gaining the most from the PMBIA training. We want anyone crossing over to PMBIA to gain the most from their training with us and it’s with this logic and our previous experience, that these recommendations have been formed.

The PMBIA has always worked hard to raise the standards for mountain bike instructor and guide training, and this philosophy still drives us today.

Please download from your member profile:

Level 2 TECH Course

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4-DAY INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION

TECH COURSE

This Intermediate – Advanced Instructor course both focuses on teaching and guiding intermediate to advanced riders in cross-country trail settings. Instructors will learn how to refine their guiding, teaching, and analytical skills from the Level 1 Course while increasing their knowledge of riding and teaching techniques so they can confidently build and deliver safe, effective lessons for stronger, intermediate, or advanced riders in more challenging terrain.

Additional workshops covering topics such as bike and suspension set-up, PRE-CAP Skill Development Model, Goal Setting, and Performance Factors take place throughout the courses to further build knowledge and skills.

The TECH course is built from the same Core Foundation found in the Level 1, including the Six Skill System riding theory and the Training Wheel and IDEA Progression teaching models. This results in both the AIR and TECH courses having the same core foundation, providing instructors with a common ground from which to develop and present intermediate to advanced lessons.

The Skill-Based teaching component of the TECH course focuses on analyzing, isolating, and developing specific skills to ensure instructors deliver the most relevant and effective lessons.

While both the AIR and TECH courses focus on developing skill-based teaching concepts for descending, steeps, rock rolls, cornering, and technical terrain, the TECH course spends more time with a focus on skills-based concepts for teaching technical climbing and pedaling efficiency.

The Maneuver-Based teaching component of the TECH course focuses on training instructors how to technical maneuvers, such as wheelies, manuals, endos, nose pivots or bunnyhops. Instructors will also learn how to introduce students to natural roll downs and small drops up to approximately 2ft high.

A strong focus is given to further analyzing the Six Skills of riding during the courses to ensure a deeper understanding of the physics, skills, and biomechanics involved in riding at the advanced ability level. In addition, advanced teaching skills are also presented on the Level 2 courses, which require a consolidation of the Level 1 Teaching Material. Typically, at least a season of full-time teaching is required between the Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications.

COURSE CONTEXT

The Level 2 TECH Certification is designed to train PMBIA instructors to teach and guide mountain biking:

  • to intermediate to advanced riders
  • on green, blue and single black diamond (red in Europe), single track terrain
  • on typical terrain/location: cross-country trail network
  • with common instructors goals (skill based): Technical Climbing, Descending, Steeps/Tech, Cornering, Pedaling Technique & Efficiency, Pumping
  • with common instructors goals (maneuver based): Introduced to Nose Pivot, Wheelies, Manuals, Bunnyhops, Natural Drops
  • in a “front to mid-country” environment, no more than 2 hrs away from emergency medical care
  • during private or group lessons, ranging from 2 to 6 hrs
  • for an established mountain bike school, club or coaching service

Course Duration: Four days + pre-course reading and worksheet (2-3 hrs), totalling 35 hrs, including assessment.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR, AM I READY?
  • Confident, advanced mountain bikers who are passionate about teaching and keen to develop their riding and teaching skills to teach intermediate to advanced students.
  • Instructors with experience teaching beginner to intermediate students, in a variety of terrain.
  • Instructors who are comfortable riding with consistent skills and technique on advanced, technical, single-black diamond trails and who can consistently perform the advanced maneuvers:
    • TECH: technical climbs, steeps, rock rolls on blue and single black diamond (red in Europe), basic bunnyhop, wheelie and manual (approx two bike lengths), endo, nose pivot, natural rolls downs and small drops approximately 2 ft high using a variety of techniques.
  • Riders who are comfortable riding with and leading groups in an outdoor environment, in challenging terrain in all conditions, while being responsible for the welfare of other adults and children.

 

PRE-REQUISITES
  • PMBIA Level 1 Certification mandatory
  • 2+ seasons teaching experience highly recommended, but not mandatory.
  • Kids Module is an asset, but not mandatory
  • Completed Level 2 Worksheet (available upon registration)
  • Confident riding at speed with consistent form and technique on technical and flowy intermediate to advanced terrain; including green, blue and black trails.
  • 40hr Wilderness First Aid (or equivalent) expected but not mandatory, as per the Level 1 recommendation.
  • A minimum age of 17 is required for Level 2. Guiding and teaching mountain biking is inherently dangerous and being legally responsible for other adults and children, warrants a minimum age for certified instructors.

 

    READING MATERIALS & WORKSHEET: 2 – 3 HRS

    The pre-course workshop is essential to prepare for either the AIR or TECH Advanced Instructor courses, so you can get the most out of your PMBIA Training. It involves reading the comprehensive PMBIA Reference Guide and appropriate Course Booklet, before completing the mandatory course worksheet. Please note the reading and worksheet takes approximately 2 – 3 hrs to complete. These will be provided in your member profile following registration.

    WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION, IF I’M TRAVELLING?
    PMBI courses require minimum numbers to run and while most courses do run, some do not. It is therefore very important you do not make any travel arrangements, until the course is confirmed to be happening. Simply registering for a course is not a confirmation that the course will ultimately run.

    WEATHER
    Be ready to ride, regardless of weather; be sure to dress appropriately for conditions and bring spare clothes as required. The course will not be cancelled due to rain or hot/cold weather. Only severe weather conditions such as heavy rain (which damages the trails), heavy snow, lightning storms or extreme heat waves, may result in a course being rescheduled.

    To view our Booking & Cancellation Policy, please click here: PMBIA Policies

    TIMING
    Please be punctual and arrive ready to listen, learn and ride! Plan your journey to the course location and if in doubt, take extra time to avoid being late. We will take up to an hour for lunch each day, between approximately 12pm – 1pm. Please bring food or money for food, depending on course location. Days typically finish between 4-5pm.

    To be eligible for a PMBIA certification, you must attend the complete course for the full three days, totalling 27hrs training (including pre-course reading and worksheet).

    EQUIPMENT
    For Level 1 Courses in lift-accessed, downhill bike parks (lift up, ride down):
    Ideally, the PMBIA recommends a good working, modern “Trail” or “Enduro” bike with 5-6 inches of suspension front and rear, quality disc brakes (180 or 200mm rotors) with downhill or enduro casing tires (to avoid pinch flats associated with harder terrain and higher speeds in bike parks). Although not ideal, due to cadence and climbing exercises when practice teaching, downhill bikes can also be used on a Level 1 course in a lift-accessed, downhill bike park.
    A modern helmet that fits correctly and knee pads, are mandatory. Gloves and elbow pads are strongly recommended, but at the discretion of the individual. Full face helmets can be worn, but are not mandatory.

    For Level 1 Courses in cross country trail networks (no lifts, ride up and down): 
    A modern, good working cross country, trail or enduro bike. Downhill bikes will NOT be suitable for Level 1 courses held in cross country trail networks.
    A modern helmet that fits correctly, is mandatory. Knee pads, gloves, and elbow pads are strongly recommended, but at the discretion of the individual.

    OTHER EQUIPMENT?
    You will need to bring the following things…

    • working phone

    • pen and paper

    • small backpack or hip-pack to carry these things…

      • spare tubes and patches/tubeless puncture kit

      • tire levers and pump

      • multi-tool and chain tool

      • first aid kit

      • rain jacket/spare clothes based on weather

      • water & snacks

      • lunch, or money for lunch

    TECH TEACHING

    The teaching skills of the candidates will be assessed during a minimum of four, 10-20 minute practice teaching sessions. During these sessions, candidates will have the opportunity to ‘practice teach’ the other members of the group in both trail and open area environments, and receive feedback from the PMBIA Trainer.

    ASSESMENT CRITERIA

    Candidates should be able to guide students safely in green, blue or black, technical cross country/enduro terrain, while effectively developing their skills and introducing them to advanced maneuvers, showing a clear understanding and application of the Lesson Format, Training Wheel & IDEA Progression teaching models.

    Level 2 candidates must be at the ‘consistent’ stage of skill development. Level 3 candidates must be at the ‘autonomous’ stage of skill development.

     

    TECH RIDING

    Both Level 2 and 3 candidates will be assessed on their overall riding skills and maneuvers throughout the entire course, in technical cross country and enduro-style terrain, including natural rolls downs, small drops and open area environments. There will not be an isolated ‘ride off’ to assess riding skills. This ensures a more progressive, low-stress environment to learn and progress during the full course.

    ASSESMENT CRITERIA

    Both Level 2 and 3 TECH candidates should be comfortable climbing and descending intermediate to advanced technical terrain, including rock rolls, rough, loose and/or off camber terrain with roots and rocks, and cornering with speed and flow on flat and bermed corners. TECH instructors must also be able to perform advanced maneuvers including bunnyhops, wheelies, manuals, endos, nose pivots, natural rolls downs and small drops approximately 2 ft high using a variety of techniques.

    Level 2 candidates must be at the ‘consistent’ stage of skill development. Level 3 candidates must be at the ‘autonomous’ stage of skill development.

     

     

    AIR WORKSHEET

    Candidates must read the TECH Course Booklet, PMBIA Reference Guide and complete the TECH Worksheet.

    ASSESMENT CRITERIA

    Completing the reading and worksheet takes approximately 2 – 4 hrs and acts as the written portion of the candidates assessment.

    GENERAL QUESTIONS

    DO I NEED MY FIRST AID CERTIFICATE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSE?
    No. While the PMBIA strongly recommends all instructors be a minimum 40hr Wilderness/Outdoor First Aid certified before working as an instructor or guide, you do not need a first-aid certificate, prior to participating in the course.

    CAN I TAKE THE LEVEL 1 AND 2 IN THE SAME YEAR?
    The PMBIA recommends teaching for at least a season, between passing the Level 1 and signing up for the Level 2. This helps consolidate all the teaching and guiding skills that are presented on the Level 1 course. The Level 2 also requires more advanced riding skills, which may take some Level 1 instructors one, two or even three years to learn.

    A popular option is to attend one of the 2-day AIR or TECH Development Modules, if you are interested in the Level 2 Certification. These are shorter and act as great preparation for the 4-day AIR or TECH Certification Courses by giving participants a taster of the full course content, as well as the Level 2 riding and teaching standards. However, an experienced instructor (for example, perhaps they are a Level 3 Snowboard Instructor) who is also a strong, experienced mountain biker, might be able to successfully pass both Level 1 and 2 Certifications in the same season. Technically, once you have the Level 1 you can sign up straight away for the full, 4-day AIR or TECH Certification Courses to gain the Level 2 Certificate… just make sure you are ready and you take into account the PMBIA’s recommendations!

    WHAT’S THE MINIMUM AGE FOR THE COURSE?
    The minimum age for Level 2 courses is 17 years old. Guiding and teaching mountain biking is inherently dangerous, especially at the intermediate to advanced level of riding. Because the instructor is legally responsible for other adults and children, this warrants a higher, minimum age for Level 2 certified instructors.

    WHAT RIDING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?
    For more details, check out the Level 2 AIR Riding & Teaching Standards on the video tab.

     

    LEVEL 3 PATHWAY
    LEVEL 3 REFINED, ADVANCED INSTRUCTOR

    The Level 3 Certification requires instructors to complete both the 4-day Air Instructor Course and the 4-day Tech Instructor Course, and the Kids Module. The purpose of this modular approach to the Level 3 Certification is to provide a training pathway that builds a diverse, adaptable and refined, advanced instructor that can truly benefit the mountain bike industry. A PMBIA Level 3 Instructor will be able to work to a high degree of competency in a huge variety of mountain bike programs and industry positions.

    Click here to learn more about the Level 3 pathway.

     

    INJURIES

    I HURT MYSELF RIDING AFTER I REGISTERED (BUT BEFORE THE COURSE) AND CAN NO LONGER ATTEND THE COURSE. WILL I GET A REFUND?
    This may sound like an obvious thing to say, but if you’ve paid your money and signed up for a PMBIA course you should be taking it easy and making smart decisions so you don’t get hurt riding before the course. It is your responsibility to make sure you are healthy and ready to participate.

    As an additional precaution against transmission of colds and influenza, we will not allow you to attend a class if you exhibit signs of such illness. NON-ATTENDANCE without notifying us before the start of the course, will result in 100% loss of payment.

    Before the start of a course, for any injury or illness related cancellations, a doctor’s note (no later than five (5) business days after your original course date) will be required and you will be offered a 50% refund. Please contact us as soon as possible, before the start of the course, if you think you will not be able to attend due to injury or Illness at info@pmbia.org.

    Once the course has started, if you get injured or become ill, there will be no refund offered.

    PMBIA courses require minimum numbers to run. They also require many logistics, including trail permits for specific dates, detailed scheduling, travel and accommodation of course staff, and are confirmed two weeks prior to the start date. It is for these reasons this refund-injury policy exists to ensure the not-for-profit PMBIA, and its course participants, are not adversely impacted by last minute cancellations.

    I HAVE HAD AN INJURY OR CONCUSSION THAT IS STILL AFFECTING ME. SHOULD I DISCLOSE THIS INFORMATION IN THE REGISTRATION PROCESS AND SHOULD I STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSE?
    The PMBIA strongly recommends not registering or attending a course if you are at all unsure of your physical and mental capabilities; this is especially important if you have recently suffered a concussion.

    Please let us know if you have any prior injuries, before registering for the course.

    You will be riding and thinking (a lot) for multiple days. The PMBIA courses are physically and mentally demanding. Please consult your physician for a professional opinion on your physical condition, should you have any concerns.

    To view our Booking & Cancellation Policy, please click here

    CROSSING OVER FROM OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

    I’M ONLY GOING TO BE COACHING RACERS & ADVANCED RIDERS, CAN I START WITH THE LEVEL 2 COURSE, INSTEAD OF THE LEVEL 1?
    No, you’ll still need to start with the PMBIA Level 1 course. “Learn the fundamentals and do them well”. This is the mantra of any professional, career instructor, guide, coach or teacher… and to do this, you need to start with Level 1. The Level 1 course will still provide plenty of tools to help you analyze your riders technique, develop lesson plans and improve their skills.

    If you want to learn how to jump, you have to learn how to pump the bike first. If you want to learn how to run, you need to walk first. It’s the same for teaching. The PMBIA has been involved with training instructors for nearly twenty years. We have seen hundreds if not thousands of teachers, instructors and coaches from all walks of life and different sports, over the years.

    The commonality, still to this day, is that all the top, most recognized and respected coaches in the world are the ones who started with a basic Level 1 course, continued training and gradually increased their certifications over time.

    I’VE BEEN COACHING WITHOUT A CERTIFICATION AND/OR RACING FOR A WHILE, CAN I SKIP THE LEVEL 1 AND GO STRAIGHT TO LEVEL 2?
    No. PMBIA Level 1 is a mandatory requirement before signing up for Level 2. The PMBIA also recommends a year of teaching experience after the PMBIA Level 1, before taking Level 2.

    The reasons are simple. Expert riding skills or amazing race results do not automatically qualify someone to be an effective instructor or guide. While a few people can, a good rider doesn’t automatically make for a good teacher, just as a good teacher doesn’t automatically make for a good rider.

    The PMBIA courses are instructor courses, primarily designed to train people how to teach. Teaching is complex and requires a variety of skills and expertise. Being able to break down skills, communicate effectively, build lesson plans, analyze technique, find solutions and pathways for improvement, empathize with different ability levels, understand and adapt to different learning styles, guide students at the appropriate speed on the appropriate terrain… and so on, it’s a lot to do!

    Teaching, like any other profession, is a skill that takes a long time to learn how to do well. Just as you may have spent a long time learning how to ride a bike well, it takes the same time and investment to develop your teaching skills. Imagine it the other way around. Should an expert teacher who has never ridden, skip the Level 1 and go to Level 2? No, they naturally need to spend the time learning about and building their riding skills, just as a racer might need to start from the beginning to develop and learn about teaching skills.

    The other reason is the PMBIA Level 2 Certification builds directly from the PMBIA Level 1 course content and materials. Even if you can or have coached in the past, without knowing and practicing the specific PMBIA Level 1 content, the Level 2 will be even more challenging. As such, the continuation of knowledge from Level 1 to 2 is paramount to candidates gaining the most from the PMBIA training.

    The PMBIA has seen many world cup racers, pro’s and professional teachers or coaches on the PMBIA Level 1 courses over the years. These people, despite their incredible resumes or achievements, have all found the PMBIA Level 1 a truly valuable experience.

    WHY DO I NEED TO START WITH PMBIA LEVEL 1, IF I’M ALREADY IMBA/BICP CERTIFIED?
    The PMBIA Level 1 course is more akin to the IMBA/BICP Level 2 course. This is also the same for other MTB certifications out there. The PMBIA have had many course participants over the years from other programs, and have consistently found that even Level 2’s from other certifications still benefit most from taking the PMBIA Level 1, first. Teaching mountain biking is inherently dangerous so the PMBIA expects more from our Level 1 Instructors, to ensure they deliver the safest, most effective lessons possible.

    The other thing to consider is not just Level 1, but also Level 2. The PMBIA Level 2 certification is an advanced instructor training program and requires instructors to be knowledgeable and consistent with the teaching methodologies and materials from the PMBIA Level 1 course. Because the PMBIA Level 2 builds directly from the PMBIA Level 1, without that prior knowledge, people struggle to come into the PMBIA Level 2 and be successful.

    The continuation of knowledge from Level 1 to 2 is therefore paramount to candidates gaining the most from the PMBIA training. We want anyone crossing over to PMBIA to gain the most from their training with us and it’s with this logic and our previous experience, that these recommendations have been formed.

    The PMBIA has always worked hard to raise the standards for mountain bike instructor and guide training, and this philosophy still drives us today.

    Please download from your member profile:

     

    PMBIA Development Modules

    The development modules are here to provide instructors the opportnity to continue their professional development in the PMBIA system.

    They can also be used as pre-training before taking a certification course, e.g. taking the Air or Tech module (2 days)  before taking the Air or Tech full certification course (4 days).

    The Level 1 is a mandatory pre-requisite before taking any modules.

    For an overview on all the modules, please click Certification Overview below.

    Air Module

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    2-DAY TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT MODULE

    The two-day AIR MODULE is a professional training course that can be used in a variety of ways, by PMBIA instructors beyond the Level 1 Certification.

    This module includes two days of on-bike training, rider improvement, teaching practice, assessment and feedback, plus access to the PMBIA Reference Guide & AIR Module Booklet.

    The first day focuses on skill-based teaching, reviewing the intermediate to advanced skill development ideas on the AIR Instructor Course; including concepts such as skill blending, what/why/how/when/how-much, plus example lesson presentations and practice teaching. Common example lessons reviewed in the AIR Module include bermed corners, flat corners, descending, steeps/rocks rolls and pumping.

    Day two will see instructors review the maneuver component of the ‘Air’ Instructor Course, as instructors learn about and practice-teach “intro to jumps and drops” lessons, to intermediate riders. Additional workshops including the AIR MODULE worksheet (to be completed before the course), goal setting and suspension set-up, will also be included.

    The module will provide a detailed look into the riding and teaching standards of the full Air Instructor course as they relate to the Level 2 and 3 standards, while providing an opportunity for instructors to calibrate their own performance and skill level against these standards.

    WHY TAKE THIS MODULE?
    • To develop overall riding skills, including jumping, drops and cornering skills
    • To learn about how to teach more advanced riders, including introducing students to jumps and drops. PLEASE NOTE: Simply taking this module will NOT certify candidates to teach advanced riders, including jumps and drops. To be certified, you must complete the four-day Air Instructor Course.
    • To PREPARE for the full, four-day Air Instructor Course, as part of the Level 2 or 3 Certifications.
    • To RETEST to complete the Air Instructor Course, as part of the Level 2 or 3 Certifications.
    • To RECERTIFY the Level 2 or 3 Certification.

     

    PRE_REQUISITES
    • PMBIA Level 1 Certification is mandatory
    • 2+ seasons of teaching experience is highly recommended but not mandatory
    • Completion of the Kids Module is an asset but not mandatory
    • Completion of the AIR MODULE Worksheet
    • Confident riding at speed with consistent form and technique on intermediate to advanced terrain, including green, blue, and black trails
    • 40hr Wilderness First Aid (or equivalent) is expected but not mandatory as per the Level 1 recommendation

     

    COURSE CONTEXT

    WHO IS THIS MODULE FOR? AM I READY?

    • Confident, intermediate mountain bikers who are passionate about teaching and keen to develop their riding and teaching skills to teach intermediate to advanced students.
    • Instructors with experience teaching beginner to intermediate students, in a variety of terrain.
    • Participants on the AIR MODULE should therefore, as a minimum, be aware of the Level 2 Riding Standards and be comfortable riding at speed on technical blue and single-black diamond trails, while learning or consolidating maneuvers such as jump and drops.
    • Riders who are comfortable riding with and leading groups in an outdoor environment, in challenging terrain in all conditions, while being responsible for the welfare of other adults and children.
    PRE COURSE READING & WORKSHEET: 1-2 HOURS

    The pre-course workshop is crucial for preparing for the AIR MODULE and getting the most out of your PMBIA Training. It involves reading the comprehensive PMBIA Reference Guide and appropriate Course Booklet and completing the course worksheet. The reading and worksheet take approximately 1 – 2 hrs to complete. They will be provided in your member profile after registration.

    WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION, IF I’M TRAVELLING?
    PMBI courses require minimum numbers to run and while most courses do run, some do not. It is therefore very important you do not make any travel arrangements, until the course is confirmed to be happening. Simply registering for a course is not a confirmation that the course will ultimately run.

    WEATHER
    Be ready to ride, regardless of weather; be sure to dress appropriately for conditions and bring spare clothes as required. The course will not be cancelled due to rain or hot/cold weather. Only severe weather conditions such as heavy rain (which damages the trails), heavy snow, lightning storms or extreme heat waves, may result in a course being rescheduled.

    To view our Booking & Cancellation Policy, please click here: PMBIA Policies

    TIMING
    Please be punctual and arrive ready to listen, learn and ride! Plan your journey to the course location and if in doubt, take extra time to avoid being late. We will take up to an hour for lunch each day, between approximately 12pm – 1pm. Please bring food or money for food, depending on course location. Days typically finish between 4-5pm.

    EQUIPMENT
    For Level 1 Courses in lift-accessed, downhill bike parks (lift up, ride down):
    Ideally, the PMBIA recommends a good working, modern “Trail” or “Enduro” bike with 5-6 inches of suspension front and rear, quality disc brakes (180 or 200mm rotors) with downhill or enduro casing tires (to avoid pinch flats associated with harder terrain and higher speeds in bike parks). Although not ideal, due to cadence and climbing exercises when practice teaching, downhill bikes can also be used on a Level 1 course in a lift-accessed, downhill bike park.
    A modern helmet that fits correctly and knee pads, are mandatory. Gloves and elbow pads are strongly recommended, but at the discretion of the individual. Full face helmets can be worn, but are not mandatory.

    For Level 1 Courses in cross country trail networks (no lifts, ride up and down): 
    A modern, good working cross country, trail or enduro bike. Downhill bikes will NOT be suitable for Level 1 courses held in cross country trail networks.
    A modern helmet that fits correctly, is mandatory. Knee pads, gloves, and elbow pads are strongly recommended, but at the discretion of the individual.

    OTHER EQUIPMENT?
    You will need to bring the following things…

    • working phone

    • pen and paper

    • small backpack or hip-pack to carry these things…

      • spare tubes and patches/tubeless puncture kit

      • tire levers and pump

      • multi-tool and chain tool

      • first aid kit

      • rain jacket/spare clothes based on weather

      • water & snacks

      • lunch, or money for lunch

    GENERAL QUESTIONS

    WHAT’S THE MINIMUM AGE FOR THE COURSE?
    The minimum age for Level 2 courses is 17 years old. Guiding and teaching mountain biking is inherently dangerous, especially at the intermediate to advanced level of riding. Because the instructor is legally responsible for other adults and children, this warrants a higher, minimum age for Level 2 certified instructors.

    DO I NEED MY FIRST AID CERTIFICATE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSE?
    No. While the PMBIA strongly recommends all instructors be a minimum 40hr Wilderness/Outdoor First Aid certified before working as an instructor or guide, you do not need a first-aid certificate, prior to participating in the course.

    WILL THE COURSE RUN IF IT’S RAINING?
    Yes, the course runs rain or shine. Mountain bike instructors and guides work in the outdoors. If clients want to ride in the rain or heat, within reason, the instructor or guide has to. With the exceptions of extreme weather and/or lightning, the course runs so make sure you have dressed appropriately and have spare clothes if required. Spare socks and gloves go a long way on rainy, cold days.

    CAN I TAKE THE LEVEL 1 AND 2 IN THE SAME YEAR?
    The PMBIA recommends teaching for at least a season, between passing the Level 1 and signing up for the Level 2. This helps consolidate all the teaching and guiding skills that are presented on Level 1. Level 2 also requires more advanced riding skills, which may take some Level 1 instructors one, two or even three years to learn.

    However, an experienced instructor (for example, they are a Level 2 or 3 Snowboard Instructor) who is also a strong, experienced mountain biker, might be able to successfully pass both courses in the same season. Technically, once you have the Level 1 you can sign up for the Level 2 straight away… just be sure you are ready and you take into account the PMBIA’s recommendations.

    INJURIES

    I HAVE HAD AN INJURY OR CONCUSSION THAT IS STILL AFFECTING ME. SHOULD I DISCLOSE THIS INFORMATION IN THE REGISTRATION PROCESS AND SHOULD I STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSE?

    The PMBIA strongly recommends not registering or attending a course if you are not 100% physically and mentally capable; this is especially important if you have recently suffered a concussion.

    Please let us know if you have any prior injuries, before registering for the course.

    You will be riding and thinking (a lot) for multiple days. The PMBI courses are physically and mentally demanding. Please consult your physician for a professional opinion on your physical condition, should you have any concerns.

    I HURT MYSELF RIDING AFTER I REGISTERED (BUT BEFORE THE COURSE) AND CAN NO LONGER ATTEND THE COURSE. WILL I GET A REFUND?
    This sounds like an obvious thing to say, but if you’ve paid your money and signed up for a PMBI course, you should be taking it easy and making smart decisions so you don’t get hurt riding, before the course. It is your responsibility to make sure you are healthy and ready to participate.

    For any injury related cancellations, a doctor’s note will be required and you will be offered a 50% refund, or space on another course. Please contact us as soon as possible if you think you will not be able to attend due to injury at info@pmbia.org

    PMBI courses require minimum numbers to run. They also require many logistics, including trail permits for specific dates, detailed scheduling, travel and accommodation of course staff, and are confirmed two weeks prior to the start date. It is for these reasons this refund-injury policy exists to ensure the not-for-profit PMBIA and it’s course participants, do not suffer from last minute cancellations.

    Please download from your PMBIA member profile

    Kids Module

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    DESCRIPTION

    1 – DAY KIDS TEACHING MODULE

    The 1-day Kids Module is a professional training module to further the skills and knowledge of PMBIA instructors.

    The 1-day module is packed with value as instructors learn a multitude of tools to develop their teaching, including but not limited to; how to adapt their lessons for children of different age groups, kids-specific bike and equipment set up, risk management and concussion protocols, more strategies for guiding children safely on technical terrain, as well as explore techniques to help manage the behaviour and expectations of children.

    While the Kids Module is a great way for Level 1 Instructors to learn more about teaching kids mountain bike programs, it also introduces some new teaching concepts, acting as great preparation for the Level 2 and 3 certifications.

    The Kids Module also provides access to the latest PMBIA Reference Guide, Kids Module Booklet (complete with course-specific content), and the Kids Module Worksheet.

    WHY TAKE THIS MODULE?
    • Learn more about teaching kids. If you’re a Level 1 or 2 instructor and plan to teach kids programs a lot, this training module is ideal.
    • Improve the safety of your lessons. Learn more about guiding kids on suitable terrain, given their age, size and physical capabilities.
    • Make your lessons more fun! There’s lots more to teaching kids than simply “playing games”. If they are riding bikes and improving, they’ll be having fun. Learn to deliver the best lessons in the optimal way for each age group, so your kids keep coming back for more!
    • Develop your teaching skills for all types of riders! The 1-day module provides continued training and development to help instructors refine the delivery of any lesson, regardless of the student type.
    • Prepare for the Level 2 or complete your Level 3 Certification: The Kids module introduces some new concepts featured in the Level 2 Certification and acts as a mandatory component of the modular Level 3 Certification. Instructors can take this module at any point following their Level 1 Certification.
    PRE-REQUISITES
    • PMBIA Level 1 Certification is mandatory
    • Completed Kids Module Worksheet
    • Confident riding at trail speed on technical, intermediate terrain, including green, blue and “light” black trails.
    • A minimum of 36 months mountain biking experience.
    • 40hr Wilderness First Aid Certification, or equivalent, strongly recommended (but not required to take the course)
    • The minimum age for the L1 Kids Teaching Module is 15 years old. However, the PMBIA does recommend instructors younger than 17, work with an assistant coach of age to help deal with any personal, first aid or emergency situations, should they arise.

    WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION, IF I’M TRAVELLING?
    PMBI courses require minimum numbers to run and while most courses do run, some do not. It is therefore very important you do not make any travel arrangements, until the course is confirmed to be happening. Simply registering for a course is not a confirmation that the course will ultimately run.

    WEATHER
    Be ready to ride, regardless of weather; be sure to dress appropriately for conditions and bring spare clothes as required. The course will not be cancelled due to rain or hot/cold weather. Only severe weather conditions such as heavy rain (which damages the trails), heavy snow, lightning storms or extreme heat waves, may result in a course being rescheduled.

    To view our Booking & Cancellation Policy, please click here: PMBIA Policies

    TIMING
    Please be punctual and arrive ready to listen, learn and ride! Plan your journey to the course location and if in doubt, take extra time to avoid being late. We will take up to an hour for lunch each day, between approximately 12pm – 1pm. Please bring food or money for food, depending on course location. Days typically finish between 4-5pm.

    To be eligible for a PMBIA certification, you must attend the complete course for the full three days, totalling 27hrs training (including pre-course reading and worksheet).

    EQUIPMENT
    For Level 1 Courses in lift-accessed, downhill bike parks (lift up, ride down):
    Ideally, the PMBIA recommends a good working, modern “Trail” or “Enduro” bike with 5-6 inches of suspension front and rear, quality disc brakes (180 or 200mm rotors) with downhill or enduro casing tires (to avoid pinch flats associated with harder terrain and higher speeds in bike parks). Although not ideal, due to cadence and climbing exercises when practice teaching, downhill bikes can also be used on a Level 1 course in a lift-accessed, downhill bike park.
    A modern helmet that fits correctly and knee pads, are mandatory. Gloves and elbow pads are strongly recommended, but at the discretion of the individual. Full face helmets can be worn, but are not mandatory.

    For Level 1 Courses in cross country trail networks (no lifts, ride up and down): 
    A modern, good working cross country, trail or enduro bike. Downhill bikes will NOT be suitable for Level 1 courses held in cross country trail networks.
    A modern helmet that fits correctly, is mandatory. Knee pads, gloves, and elbow pads are strongly recommended, but at the discretion of the individual.

    OTHER EQUIPMENT?
    You will need to bring the following things…

    • working phone

    • pen and paper

    • small backpack or hip-pack to carry these things…

      • spare tubes and patches/tubeless puncture kit

      • tire levers and pump

      • multi-tool and chain tool

      • first aid kit

      • rain jacket/spare clothes based on weather

      • water & snacks

      • lunch, or money for lunch

    GENERAL QUESTIONS

    DO I NEED MY FIRST AID CERTIFICATE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSE?
    No. While the PMBIA strongly recommends all instructors be a minimum 40hr Wilderness/Outdoor First Aid certified before working as an instructor or guide, you do not need a first-aid certificate, prior to participating in the course.

    WILL THE COURSE RUN IF IT’S RAINING?
    Yes, the course runs rain or shine. Mountain bike instructors and guides work in the outdoors. If clients want to ride in the rain or heat, within reason, the instructor or guide has to. With the exceptions of extreme weather and/or lightning, the course runs so make sure you have dressed appropriately and have spare clothes if required. Spare socks and gloves go a long way on rainy, cold days.

    INJURIES

    I HAVE HAD AN INJURY OR CONCUSSION THAT IS STILL AFFECTING ME. SHOULD I DISCLOSE THIS INFORMATION IN THE REGISTRATION PROCESS AND SHOULD I STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSE?

    The PMBIA strongly recommends not registering or attending a course if you are not 100% physically and mentally capable; this is especially important if you have recently suffered a concussion.

    Please let us know if you have any prior injuries, before registering for the course.

    You will be riding and thinking (a lot) for multiple days. The PMBI courses are physically and mentally demanding. Please consult your physician for a professional opinion on your physical condition, should you have any concerns.

    I HURT MYSELF RIDING AFTER I REGISTERED (BUT BEFORE THE COURSE) AND CAN NO LONGER ATTEND THE COURSE. WILL I GET A REFUND?
    This sounds like an obvious thing to say, but if you’ve paid your money and signed up for a PMBI course, you should be taking it easy and making smart decisions so you don’t get hurt riding, before the course. It is your responsibility to make sure you are healthy and ready to participate.

    For any injury related cancellations, a doctor’s note will be required and you will be offered a 50% refund, or space on another course. Please contact us as soon as possible if you think you will not be able to attend due to injury at info@pmbia.org

    PMBI courses require minimum numbers to run. They also require many logistics, including trail permits for specific dates, detailed scheduling, travel and accommodation of course staff, and are confirmed two weeks prior to the start date. It is for these reasons this refund-injury policy exists to ensure the not-for-profit PMBIA and it’s course participants, do not suffer from last minute cancellations.

    Please download from your PMBIA member profile

    PMBIA SYSTEM OVERVIEW

    The PMBIA Certifications train instructors how to teach using modern, proven teaching theories and methodologies combined with the proven, skill-based model approach to gravity sports that provides a detailed analysis of the skills, physics and biomechanics within mountain biking.

    This model gives instructors a deeper understanding of mountain bike skills and techniques while providing them with an organized framework of knowledge from which to teach. Together with the PMBIA Teaching Models, this enables mountain bike instructors to offer safer, more effective lessons to a greater variety of students, than ever before.

    The PMBIA Certifications are unique in their ability to train instructors how to teach in both cross country and downhill environments, while also training and evaluating instructors on both their teaching and guiding skills to the highest standards in instructor certifications.

    PMBIA CERTIFICATIONS

    The PMBIA Certifications train instructors how to teach using modern, proven teaching theories and methodologies combined with the proven, skill-based model approach to gravity sports that provides a detailed analysis of the skills, physics and biomechanics within mountain biking.

    This model gives instructors a deeper understanding of mountain bike skills and techniques while providing them with an organized framework of knowledge from which to teach. Together with the PMBIA Teaching Models, this enables mountain bike instructors to offer safer, more effective lessons to a greater variety of students, than ever before.

    The PMBIA Certifications are unique in their ability to train instructors how to teach in both cross country and downhill environments, while also training and evaluating instructors on both their teaching and guiding skills to the highest standards in instructor certifications.

    The PMBIA currently offers multiple levels of certification courses for instructors and guides. Every PMBIA Certification course trains instructors how to teach and guide mountain biking in all trail environments, from cross country trail networks to lift-accessed, downhill bike parks.

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    Who are the PMBIA?

    The PMBI Association is the not-for-profit, governing body for mountain bike instructor certification courses, within the mountain bike industry. The PMBI courses were first developed in 2006, in Whistler, B.C., and are available worldwide.

    The PMBI Certifications are the most widely available and recognized certifications courses in the world today. The PMBI Association has established itself as the industry standard, building strong relationships with many industry leaders such as Whistler Bike Park, IMBA Canada, C.A.S.I., P.S.I.A., Skills Active New Zealand and MTBA.

    PMBIA Mission Statement

    The purpose of the PMBIA is to inspire excellence in mountain bike instruction, guiding, and coaching. Through industry-proven content and instruction, the PMBIA assists mountain bike instructors, guides and coaches to deliver consistent, professional, training standards, worldwide.

    Who are PMBIA

    The PMBI Association is the not-for-profit, governing body for mountain bike instructor certification courses, within the mountain bike industry. The PMBI courses were first developed in 2006, in Whistler, B.C., and are available worldwide.

    The PMBI Certifications are the most widely available and recognized certifications courses in the world today. The PMBI Association has established itself as the industry standard, building strong relationships with many industry leaders such as Whistler Bike Park, IMBA Canada, C.A.S.I., P.S.I.A., Skills Active New Zealand and MTBA.

    PMBIA Mission Statement

    The purpose of the PMBIA is to inspire excellence in mountain bike instruction, guiding, and coaching. Through industry-proven content and instruction, the PMBIA assists mountain bike instructors, guides and coaches to deliver consistent, professional, training standards, worldwide.

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