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Instructor Certification Program FAQ

Q: I have many years of experience as a mountain bike guide.  Can I test out of, or skip the Level 1 course?

A: The ICP Level 1 course is mandatory regardless of experience or rider ability level.  In addition to the guiding material you will learn how to properly assess other riders through the 10 fundamental elements and receive in-depth training on those fundamentals.  Without this foundation, we are unable to successfully take participants through our higher levels of training and testing.

Q: What if I don't pass the certification course, can I take it again?

A: If you don't pass an ICP course you may take the full course over again up to two more times.  A retest may be available depending on your location and the availability of an ICP Instructor Trainer.  If you do not pass on the second attempt (either full course or retest) you are ineligibe to retest for at least one year.

Q: How long is my certification good for and how do I recertify?

A: Certification is good for one year after your initial certification date. Annual dues of $65 are required to stay current. Once you reach the four-year mark from your initial certification date, an in-person course must be taken to keep your status as a certified instructor or guide current.

Q: What are the minimum and maximum number of course participants?

A: We follow a six to one ratio and require a minimum of five, maximum of six.  All courses can be doubled in size if there is enough interest and if a second IMBA Instructor Trainer is available. If the registration numbers fall between seven and nine, only the first six registrants will be accepted into the course.

Q: What is the minimum number of interested participants I need in order to request a course?

A: You can request a course with only one person, but requests that have higher numbers of interested participants are more likely to be considered. If an online course request is submitted, you will receive notice of any ICP courses coming to your region.

Q: Do I get a discount if I host a course?

A: Currently there are no discounts for hosting an ICP course. We do offer a group rate that is based on six participants and discounts the course fees by about 10 percent. Arrangements can be made for a "closed course" with a group rate that requires 50 percent of the total fees 60 days in advance. For more details, or to inquire about a private course, contact tammy [at] imba [dot] com.

Q: I was certified through the IMIC. How does recertification work for me?

A: IMBA acquired the IMIC in January 2013 and grandfathered all certified instructors and ride guides into the ICP. Everyone was given a January 1, 2013, start date regardless of their date with the IMIC. Annual dues plus in-person courses every four years are applicable to everyone.

Q: What if I'm unable to pay my ICP dues, but don't want to lose my status?

A: If annual dues are not paid at your expiration date, you will no longer be current as an ICP instructor or guide and will be uneligible for any ICP benefits. If you lapse for more than a year from your original expriation date, you will be required to take an in-person course to regain status.

Q: When I try logging onto to pay my dues, I see an "access denied" message.

A: Try logging in using the email address at which you receive IMBA messages. If you still have trouble, send an email to icp [at] imba [dot] com.

Q: Is there a specific provider requirement for my CPR and Basic First Aid certification?

A: You are not required to use a specific provider, however one ICP course host puts it a good way - "if you find yourself seriously considering mtb instruction as a vocation, you may want to look for a hands-on, in-person CPR/First Aid course taught by a trained professional. Having someone's life in your hands is not a matter to be taken lightly".