Levels of Certification
The ICP currently offers three levels of certification. Each course differs in length, price and content, and they are designed to meet the needs of a broad range of individuals.
This course is extremely important for many reasons. Even if you aren't planning to take riders into the backcountry or on guided rides, you are required to start here.
There are many aspects to teaching mountain biking: planning and prepartation, risk management, proper interaction with students, managing a group of riders, and being fully confident in your own understanding and demonstration of the fundamental elements. We will provide you with a strong foundation for moving forward as a well-equiped, knowledgeable instructor. The course will make you think about situations you don't want to think about, yet need to be ready for.
In 2014, the Level 1 course now offers a section on creating teaching plans, plus an introduction to eight different skills. Once participants have completed their guiding simulation testing, the ICP Instructor Trainer will take the group through a professional skills clinic. It offers participants a chance to receive world-class personal instruction and to see how an instructional clinic is performed from start to finish. It is part of the introduction to instruction and prepares participants for the next level of certification with the ICP.
This course reviews the ride guide material before diving deep into skills analysis. Topics include stability and biomechanics, teaching strategy, teaching plans and measuring success. The skills portion of the course takes you through 20 different skills, and provides instructional information on terminology, site selection, goal setting, proper demonstrations, teaching points, progressions and more.
Each move is broken down into basic steps including follow-through and safety notes. Much of this course focuses on observation and how to detect and correct errors in the riders being taught. Each ICP participant will be tested on this ability during their practical evaluation. In order to pass the ICP Level 2 course, participants must demonstrate understanding of the material, perform a suitable teaching simulation, and pass a written test.
Although this course is not to be taken as a personal skills training event, participants will end up honing their skills on the bike and realizing how much they didn't know about mountain biking.
The Level 3 course will premier in spring 2014. Once instructors have ingested the information provided in the Level 2 course, they will put it to practice. The Level 3 is more than just learning more skills to teach. Participants take their experiences teaching the Level 2 material and build on it. Participants will be taken through a review of the Level 1 and 2 material before learning the next phase of skills including manual front wheel lifts, bunny hops, small drops, steep descents and more.
The Level 3 couse is longer in duration and requires an expert level of personal riding ability. All pre-requisites for this course will be strictly enforced with no exceptions.
* Please note that, for all courses, refunds are not available if you fail the exam. Re-testing may not be immediately available.