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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.
Level 1 - Ride Guide (with an introduction to instruction)
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'll want to start here.  There are many aspects to teaching mountain biking - planning & 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.
The Level 1 course will provide you with a strong foundation for moving ahead as a well equiped, knowledgeable instructor.  It's where everyone should start and 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 chapter on creating teaching plans, plus an introduction to skills - covering eight different skills.  Once the participants have completed their guiding simulation testing, the Instructor Trainer will take the group through a professional skills clinic. This not only offers the participants a chance to get world class level personal instruction, they are shown how an instructional clinic is performed from start to finish as part of their introduction to instruction and as preparation for the next level of certification within the ICP.
Level 2 - Basic Skills Instructor
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 twenty different skills, providing instructional information such as:
+ Terminology
+ Materials required
+ Site selection
+ Goals
+ Demonstrations
+ Teaching points
+ Progressions
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. Please note that there are no refunds if you fail the course and retesting will not be immediately available.
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.
Level 3 - Advanced Skills Instructor
This course will premier in the spring of 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 & Level 2 material before learning the next phase of skills including manual front wheel lifts, bunny hops, small drops, steep descents and more.
This course 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.

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.

Level 1 - Ride Guide (with an introduction to instruction)

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.

Level 2 - Basic Skills Instructor

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.

Level 3 - Advanced Skills Instructor

The Level 3 course will premier in spring 2014. The Level 3 is more than just learning more skills to teach. Participants take their experiences from 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.

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