Apply for PMBIA’s Board of Directors

August 2022

This month, we have exciting news to share with you. Earlier this year, the Board of Directors voted on a succession plan as part of our resolutions at the end of 2021. Part of this plan is initiating the next Board of Directors (BOD) selection process to elect two new directors. The two outgoing directors/founders are Shannon Howard and Kelli Sherbinin, who will both transition to the Founders Advisory Committee after the January 30th, 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM). For those of you wanting to be a part of our leadership team and the strategic governance of PMBIA, now is the time for you to get your application together! Applications are due on October 14th, and the elections will be held online from January 9th to 20th. The newly elected directors will be presented during the AGM.

We’ve outlined some key highlights of the position and application process below, but check out this link to find the full instructions for applying. Good luck!

The Position

Position: Board Member/Director at Large
Compensation: $nil (volunteer position)
Time Commitment: Five to ten hours per month (meetings, preparation, events)
Term: 3 years
Deadline to Apply: October 14th, 2022

The Board supports the work of the PMBIA and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While PMBIA’s Executive Director (ED) leads day-to-day operations, the Board–ED relationship is a partnership, and the Board’s appropriate involvement in operations is both critical and expected. Prior to the 2023 PMBIA AGM, the membership will elect 2 board members to fill vacancies on the board. The specific Director responsibilities currently required include:

– Leadership, governance, and oversight expectations
– Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as they develop and implement PMBIA’s strategic plan
– Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by the PMBIA for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials before attending the Board and committee meetings
– Approving PMBIA’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
– Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the ED
– Assisting the ED and Board Chair in identifying and recruiting other Directors and chief supervisory officers
– Partnering with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
– Serving on committees and taking on special assignments as necessary
– Representing PMBIA to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization by upholding and championing PMBIA’s Code of Conduct & Ethics for Employees, Volunteers, and Directors
– Ensuring PMBIA’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities PMBIA serves
– Attending the annual general meeting (AGM) of the PMBIA in a supervisory capacity

Eligibility & Qualifications

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the PMBIA’s mission and who has a track record of board and community leadership. Selected candidates will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. Their accomplishments will allow them to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Directors. Applicant eligibility is limited to those who have a minimum of a PMBIA level 1 in good standing.

The PMBIA is an equal opportunity organization committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage people with lived experiences as members of Indigenous, Black, or equity-seeking groups to apply. Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

– Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
– A commitment to and understanding of the PMBIA’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience
– Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
– Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of the PMBIA’s members, partners, and beneficiaries
– Experience in one or more of the following areas –audit/accounting or treasurer experience; corporate and social responsibility; corporate finance; strategic planning.

How to Apply

First, read the full application instructions. If interested, please email david@pmbia.org and include:

– A brief resume outlining board and professional experience
– A maximum one-page double-spaced statement that outlines your interest in the activities of the organization as well as your potential contributions to the mission of the organization
– Contact information for 2 – 3 references that can speak to your potential for contributing to this Board
– Applications will be accepted until October 14th, 2022 at 11:59pm PDT. We thank all applicants for the time they invest in applying for this position. Applications will be reviewed by the PMBIA Nominating Committee and successful applicants will be put forward to the membership to vote on two people to fill the vacant positions.

If you have any questions about this posting or the application process, please email david@pmbia.org.

Stay safe and happy trails,

The PMBIA Team

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Online Recertification Training!

Time to do your Level 1 recertification? We are asking all our members to re-certify via the Level 1 Online Recertification Program. 

Regardless of any courses or training you take, your level 1 re-certification has to be completed online every three years. This ensures instructors stay current with the latest teaching methodologies & information that specifically relate to teaching beginner to intermediate riders; which is still the most common student type within the mountain bike coaching industry. You can learn more and register below!

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Course Conductor Training Recap

July 2022

This month, we wanted to share with you a bit about our recent Course Conductor In-Person Trainings. As you know, the purpose of the PMBIA is to inspire excellence in mountain bike instruction, guiding, and coaching. Our mission is to, through industry-proven content and instruction, assist mountain bike instructors, guides and coaches to deliver consistent, professional, training standards, worldwide. Over the spring and summer, we were thrilled to finally return to in-person course conductor training after COVID-19 disrupted these trainings for the past two years.

In-Person Course Conductor Training

It’s incredible what in-person training can accomplish, and we have quickly felt its benefits. Training our staff in person has already impacted our ability to provide closer supervision of our course standards and how it is delivered. Paul, our Director of Programs and Development, has gone above and beyond to restructure the current certification system and the Course Conductor training program. While still relying on comprehensive online training, we have improved our in-person training programs which we ran in Australia, the USA (Brevard and Sedona), Whistler and Quebec. It allowed us to have senior and apprentice Course Conductors apply these fresh updates under the supervision of Mentor Course Conductors. The results of this new training system allowed the apprentices to complete higher quality training, enabling them to run courses independently in a shorter amount of time.

What was included in the in-person training?

  • – Training on course content updates
  • – CC’s were assessed on their ability in presenting course standards in terms of teaching and riding, through practice presentations.
  • – Risk management workshop
  • – Bike setup and equipment workshop
  • – Course Conductor riding improvement sessions
  • – Exchanging of ideas and experiences between course conductors

Bringing our incredible course conductors from all over the world was not only fun & educational, but it truly marked a new era for PMBIA. Having our outstanding crew training together after the tumultuous past two years of the pandemic, teaching PMBIA’s new 4-tier system, and learning from each other was a refreshing and inspiring experience for us all. We can’t wait to see this next chapter unfold for PMBIA!

Stay safe and happy trails,

The PMBIA Team

#PMBIA | #bikeskills #skillbasedteaching #pmbiaassociation #globalmtbstandard #mountainbikeinstructor #mountainbiking #theonlyglobalstandard

 

Online Recertification Training!

Time to do your Level 1 recertification? We are asking all our members to re-certify via the Level 1 Online Recertification Program. 

Regardless of any courses or training you take, your level 1 re-certification has to be completed online every three years. This ensures instructors stay current with the latest teaching methodologies & information that specifically relate to teaching beginner to intermediate riders; which is still the most common student type within the mountain bike coaching industry. You can learn more and register below!

Register Now!

PMBIA’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

June 2022

Dear PMBIA Members,

First of all, we hope you’re doing well! This month, we’re excited to announce our commitment to and committee for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI).

As part of our mission to assist mountain bike instructors, guides, and coaches to deliver consistent, professional training standards worldwide, the Board of the PMBIA acknowledges that individuals from different communities and backgrounds have different needs and goals, and we are committed to working with and amplifying those communities to best meet those needs and goals.

To do so means to grow the mountain biking community equitably. We are looking for PMBIA members with an interest in DEI, and/or experience working with communities who face barriers due to race, gender, sexuality, ability, class, or any other aspect, to help us provide better training in the field of mountain bike instruction.

If you would like to be involved with the committee, or have thoughts that you would like to share but are unable to commit the time needed for a committee, please contact Virginia Solomon, PMBIA Board Vice President (Virginia@pmbia.org), or Omer Dagan, PMBIA Board Member At Large (omer@pmbia.org). Those asked to participate in the committee will receive compensation in the form of reimbursement for their 2022 PMBIA membership dues as recognition for their time and effort with this project.

Stay safe and happy trails,

The PMBIA Team

#PMBIA | #bikeskills #skillbasedteaching #pmbiaassociation #globalmtbstandard #mountainbikeinstructor #mountainbiking #theonlyglobalstandard

Photo courtesy of Hailey Elise, Squamish, BC

 

Online Recertification Training!

Time to do your Level 1 recertification? We are asking all our members to re-certify via the Level 1 Online Recertification Program. 

Regardless of any courses or training you take, your level 1 re-certification has to be completed online every three years. This ensures instructors stay current with the latest teaching methodologies & information that specifically relate to teaching beginner to intermediate riders; which is still the most common student type within the mountain bike coaching industry. You can learn more and register below!

Register Now!

PMBIA’s New 4-Tier Course Structure

May 2022

Dear PMBIA Members,

First of all, we hope you’re well! We have some exciting changes coming to the structure of our certification system, and we wanted to give you, our members, a preview before they’re live on the website. This is really important information for all of you to know, so we highly encourage you to read on, but also head to the website next week for more detailed information. The new 4-tier certification structure and information will be added to the website on May 15th, so this may cause some issues when visiting the website. Make sure you refresh your browser to get the latest updates and don’t fret, the website should be fully operational by May 16th. Okay, let’s get started!

Moving from a 3-Tier to a 4-Tier System

Rider – Javier Munoz Santos

As you know, we previously conducted a 3-Tier certification, and for 2022, we are officially moving to a new, 4-Tier certification system! 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 great variety of students, than ever before.

LEVEL 1 BEGINNER TO INTERMEDIATE INSTRUCTOR
The 3-day Level 1 Certification Course is designed to train instructors how to teach skills and maneuvers to beginner to low intermediate mountain bikers, on green and blue trails.

LEVEL 2 INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED INSTRUCTOR
The Level 2 Certification requires instructors to complete either the 4-day Air Instructor Course or the 4-day Tech Instructor Course. These courses train experienced instructors how to teach intermediate to advanced riders, on green, blue and single black trails. The Air course focuses on teaching in lift-accessed bike park environments, while the Tech course focuses on teaching in cross country trail networks. However, instructors from either course will learn the relevant skills to teach and guide any student, in any trail environment.

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 PMBI 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.

Photo Courtesy of Hailey Elise

LEVEL 4 EXPERT SKILLS COACH
The 5-day Level 4 course is for very experienced Level 3 instructors wanting to learn the necessary skills and tools to transition into coaching advanced to expert riders, during long term skill development coaching programs. The Level 4 Certification Course trains instructors how to assess and develop the technical skills of riders on any terrain, up to and including black diamond and double black diamond ability levels. Instructors will also learn more about instructing vs. coaching skills, providing them with the tools necessary to either teach an expert rider on a half-day lesson, or coach someone over a weekly, monthly or even seasonal period.

The PMBI Level 4 (previously known as the PMBI Level 3, prior to 2022) is the top-tier certification in the mountain bike industry, akin to Level 4 Instructor Certifications in the Ski and Snowboard Industries. This course requires a mastery in riding and teaching skills expected from full-time, professional, career instructors or coaches.

Why are We Doing This?

The Level 3 course prior to 2022 was always designed to be a top-tier, instructor-training, industry-leading certification, similar in standards and degree of difficulty to current top tier certifications, such as the Level 4 ski and snowboard certifications. The new four-tier system within PMBIA adds a level of training and certification between the 2021 Level 2 and 3 certifications. This will provide a more progressive and attainable training system for instructors, while encouraging a more diverse training pathway to build more adaptable, skilled and relevant mountain bike instructors.

Important Information to Know

  1. Anyone who is already registered in one of our programs will be required to download the reference guide and course booklet once more, starting May 16th, in order to get the latest updates.
  2. We have added only minor updates that relate mostly to some of the colours used on some documents and the name changes of certain programs. For example, the Level 2 Trail Course has changed its name to Tech Instructor Course.
  3. Other than that, there are no major changes to the content of the courses, and anyone registered prior to May 15th will have the same course content and delivery. For any technical issues, reach out to info@pmbia.org.

 

Stay safe and happy trails,

The PMBIA Team

#PMBIA | #bikeskills #skillbasedteaching #pmbiaassociation #globalmtbstandard #mountainbikeinstructor #mountainbiking #theonlyglobalstandard

 

Photo courtesy of the Crux Initiative Society, Golden, BC

 

Photo courtesy of Hailey Elise, Squamish, BC

 

Online Recertification Training !

Time to do your Level 1 recertification? We are asking all our members to re-certify via the Level 1 Online Recertification Program. 

Regardless of any courses or training you take, your level 1 re-certification has to be completed online every three years. This ensures instructors stay current with the latest teaching methodologies & information that specifically relate to teaching beginner to intermediate riders; which is still the most common student type within the mountain bike coaching industry. You can learn more and register below!

Register Now!

The Story of PMBIA’s Founders: Part 2

April 2022

Dear PMBIA Members,

First of all, we hope you’re doing well! Last month, we gave you a bit of insight into one of our founders, Darren Butler. This month, we want to share PMBIA Founder Paul Howard’s story, as he transitions from the Board of Directors to the Founders Committee. We asked him to share a bit of his origin story of mountain biking and his involvement in the formation of PMBIA as we know it today. If you’re in need of an inspirational story about turning a passion for mountain biking into a career, read on!

Q: First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from and what’s your biking origin story?

I’m from the UK originally, the land where people have tea and cake after a muddy bike ride… oh, how I miss it (the cake, not the mud!). My mates and I started mountain biking at weekends, after school, whenever we could, and everything I do today was born from those good times! The freedom and fun of riding bikes and the constant progression of always having something to learn or get better at, still exists for me just as much today as it always has. We raced for a laugh, both XC and DH, and generally were just mad about bikes. If we didn’t ride we were watching Dirt, Chainspotting or Earthed movies… and usually with some tea and cake.

At university, (late 90’s) I started working in the summers in North Carolina, running a mountain bike school. I developed multi-week skills coaching programs and instructor training camps for new staff each season. I was at university studying Genetics, and then suddenly found this job where I got paid to ride and teach… two things that I’ve always loved. After graduating from uni, I gave myself three years to see if I could make a living from teaching mountain biking in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. That was 21 years ago and I’ve never looked back!

Q: What’s your story with PMBIA? Some of the newer members might not know your involvement with the formation/growth of PMBIA.

Well, in a nutshell, PMBI has pretty much been my life’s work. I remember one summer in North Carolina when I was training new mountain bike instructors and thinking, why doesn’t mountain biking have a decent instructor certification program? It hit me hard there and then, that there was a huge gap in the market and I knew what I had created in North Carolina could be the launchpad for something much better and bigger. I worked hard for a few more seasons writing and developing the first PMBI instructor courses, which we ran through ZEP in Whistler in 2007. From there we worked our butts off to continue shaping and building PMBI into a professional, industry-wide certification program. By 2010, PMBI had its own website, its own social media following and we were running over 50 courses per year, all over Canada, the USA and Australia, and were training some of the top bike parks and coaching programs in the world. It was time for the next phase.

We started reaching out to other players in the industry to begin conversations about bringing everyone together to work on one certification program. That was always the dream in PMBI: to have one instructor certification for one sport. More consistency and more experts working together to make the system stronger. Working with Darren and Kelli from Endless Biking, with their MBIT course, was great from the start. They got it. They could see the big picture and agreed to come into the fold. Through this valued partnership, we turned PMBI into the PMBI Association that we have today. The courses improved, the team got bigger and it was a huge step forward for PMBI and for the industry as a whole.

As the President and Technical Director of the PMBIA, my roles have been both complex and varied, to say the least. It’s a laundry list of things that are too long to include in detail, but it’s ranged from writing the website, branding and uniform design, developing course content, managing the Technical Committee, training Course Conductors, organizing Board of Director meetings, policy and contract writing, establishing industry partnerships and MOU’s, and of course, teaching courses!

But like all these things, they’re always the result of way more work behind the scenes by way more people than most realize. The amount of time, effort and passion that’s gone into building the PMBIA into what it is today is pretty awesome. In addition to Darren and Kelli’s fantastic work, my wife Shannon has been integral from the start with her work behind the scenes with the finances, course scheduling and office/admin management for the last 12 years! David Gagnon, who’s now our Executive Director, but started as a Course Conductor and then sat on the Board of Directors, has been integral in helping to shape the new BOD manual and progress PMBIA into the next level of professionalism and effective governance. Then there are people like Ross Dunlop, who’s been running PMBIA courses since the early days… always loyal and plugging away in the background teaching quality courses all over the world. And of course, Sharon Watson, our amazing Office Administrator who’s helped the association operate at another level, as course demand continues to grow. And then there’s Kevin Eaton, our wonderful new President… and the list goes on!

Q: What would you say you’re most proud of in regards to your contribution to PMBIA?

That’s a tricky one. It’s been such a huge privilege to even be in a position to be able to do something like this for a living. I think ultimately what I’m proud of is not giving up and working as hard as I needed to, to make sure PMBI became the Association it needed to be. A big part of making this happen has been through cultivating relationships with the right people along the way. In this sense, I’m most proud of the people in the organization, all the work they’ve put in, the commitment, passion and sacrifices they’ve made to push PMBIA forward. It’s the people that make a business and we have good people, and this is why PMBIA is so awesome.

Q: What excites you the most about where PMBIA is heading as an association?

The potential! Every year we grow, we develop, we get better… but we still have not reached our full potential. That’s what has made me excited to work hard from day one, and this feeling still drives me today. Seeing where we are and comparing this to where we could be, is so exciting. And now, with a new Board of Directors and new organizational structure within PMBIA as Darren and I move to the Founders Committee, we have just improved our potential again! The new BOD’s bring an even deeper pool of more diverse skills and experience which increases our capacity to operate and develop like never before, plus all the new Course Conductors we’re training this year are going to be excellent. The quality and number of applications this winter were greater than ever, so it’s because of all these amazing new people that I’m so excited to see where PMBIA will be in another ten years!

Q: What’s next for you as you step down off the Board of Directors?

Pina Coladas and beach time!! Haha, no seriously, not much is changing really! I’m excited to just have one job instead of two. Being President and Technical Director was amazing and an honour, but seriously, it was too much! Moving into 2022, I’m excited to leave the governance and strategic decision-making to the fab new Board of Directors and pour my energy into one focused role as Director of Programs and Development. This is basically just a new name that better fits my previous work as the Technical Director. This role has three main components: Technical Content Development, Staff Training, and Business Development.

Q: Anything else you want to add?

Just a MASSIVE and sincere thank you to all riders, bike parks, bike clubs and coaching businesses who have taken our courses over the years. This is still the best way to support the PMBIA. We are here for you, we are here because of you and we can’t wait to see you again on the trails soon!

Stay safe and happy trails,

The PMBIA Team

#PMBIA | #bikeskills #skillbasedteaching #pmbiaassociation #globalmtbstandard #mountainbikeinstructor #mountainbiking #theonlyglobalstandard

 

Photo courtesy of the Crux Initiative Society, Golden, BC

 

Photo courtesy of Hailey Elise, Squamish, BC

 

Online Recertification Training !

Time to do your Level 1 recertification? We are asking all our members to re-certify via the Level 1 Online Recertification Program. 

Regardless of any courses or training you take, your level 1 re-certification has to be completed online every three years. This ensures instructors stay current with the latest teaching methodologies & information that specifically relate to teaching beginner to intermediate riders; which is still the most common student type within the mountain bike coaching industry. You can learn more and register below!

Register Now!

The Story of PMBIA’s Founders: Part 1

March 2022

Dear PMBIA Members,

First of all, we hope you’re doing well! This month and next, we want to give you a bit of insight into two of our founders, Darren Butler & Paul Howard, as they have transitioned from the Board of Directors to the Founders Committee. First up, this month, is Darren Butler, sharing a bit of his origin story of mountain biking and his involvement in the formation of PMBIA as we know it today.

Q: First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from and what’s your biking origin story?

I was born in Métis/Cree Traditional Territories (Saskatchewan), and a chance encounter led me to mountain biking, where another chance encounter led me to racing MTB, which led me to racing nationally. I then went to BC once and never left! I quickly realized I wanted to give back to the sport that had such a positive impact on my life. While living a professional riding career (freeriding & racing), I started working in advocacy, helped establish trails, clubs, volunteering, coaching and loved the coaching side. I could really help people out and have a positive impact on their life, which was having a positive impact in our community. A career-altering accident caused me to reflect on what I wanted to do, and I chose to teach mountain biking and attempt to help grow the sport into something acceptable, ‘normal’ and professionally run.

Photo Courtesy of Robin Munshaw

Q: What’s your story with PMBIA? Some of the newer members might not know your involvement with the formation/growth of PMBIA.

When Kelli Sherbinin and I started Endless Biking in 2004, we quickly ran into limitations and ultimately a lack of training available in the Instructor & Guides training area. So we started to train our own staff out of necessity. While doing this, we tried to revive and support an existing program that had gone out of business (CMIC) but after a year of effort, we just realized it wasn’t possible to do so. As we had to respectfully navigate the existing (past) programs, we started to build out training that was our own and this became known in the industry as the MBIT (Mountain Bike Instructor and Guides Training).

We then started getting approached by other operators, athletes in the industry, aspiring Instructors & Guides, asking us to offer training outside of Endless Biking. Eventually, we had an opportunity to apply to teach our curriculum at Capilano University. This was the catalyst that allowed for the real maturation of the MBIT. At the Interbike trade show in 2006, we learned that some of the major coaching operations were interested in coming together to form a unified body for Instructors & Guides. From meetings and collaborations that followed, we eventually brought the MBIT into the collaborative fold and merged with ZEP Techniques (PMBI) & Whistler Bike Park (DPI), as well as others, to help form the PMBIA – a new unified body that would bring together the best of these programs for aspiring Instructors & Guides. We just wanted there to be a standard, some consistency.

For myself, I was never interested in having credit for creating or writing ‘the book’, I’m more of a big picture & rising tide kind of a guy. I just wanted there to be ‘a book’, a standard to truly help the sport of mountain biking grow into something more sustainable, more acceptable, safer and more professional as a whole. I just wanted to contribute to the cause, to help bring it all together into one, what we now know as the PMBIA.

Q: What would you say you’re most proud of in regards to your contribution to PMBIA?

The growth and organization as a whole, the fact that it is now run by a really diverse group of talented people, rather than just a core few people. The fact that I’m no longer serving on the Board of Directors is amazing. It means that we have gotten to a place where the founders don’t have to be the operators, so to speak. To now have a BOD that focuses on decision making and guiding the direction of the association, without the distraction of also trying to run the organization on a day-to-day basis is awesome.

I’m proud of the MBIT’s contributions to the PMBIA too. I believe we’ve made things simpler, easier to understand, a bit less technical and keep things fun, memorable, safe and that’s a recipe for success as a coach.

Ultimately, for the PMBIA to now have a full time Executive Director, full-time administrators, a diverse Board of Directors of 7 smart and wonderful people, the establishment of a Founders Committee, a Nomination Committee and supporting all of this is a Technical Team of 7, a Course Conductor team of over 50 world-wide, plus a collaborative team of industry advisors and to know that the PMBIA training is now available in approximately 20 countries…the training keeps getting better every year too! That’s awesome and something I am very proud of helping establish.

Photo Courtesy of Gordie Rogers

Q: What excites you the most about where PMBIA is heading as an association?

The structure we’ve been building towards and overall sustainability of the association, on top of the training courses and materials that keep getting better and better. We have an incredibly talented and diverse group of people, who have great experiences and ideas that they are bringing forward. We are having some great discussions, as a whole, about where we’d like to get to as an association and why.

The team of people we now have in these roles are truly working towards making the PMBIA a better organization. More inclusive, more diverse, more accessible, more sustainable, more transparent & continually improving the PMBIA’s products and services to truly help the sport grow, in the right way. I’m proud that we now have these conversations about what this means as an organization and what steps we have to take to achieve these goals.

Q: What’s next for you as you step down off the Board of Directors?

I’ll be sliding on over to the Founders Committee and still contributing as part of the Technical Team. This will allow me to still be a part of the organization and contribute in different ways but not have the responsibility of trying to help run the association on a day-to-day or seasonal basis.

I will still be running PMBIA courses and staying sharp on the teaching and training side of things. This will enable me to stay in touch with industry trends and provide great feedback to the organization on the technical side of things. I’ll help ensure our content is modern, that it’s being updated as bikes and riders continue to evolve, as well as for Instructors and Guides and the pedagogy behind the training. I’ll be doing more mentoring as we foster the growth of future participants, existing Course Conductors, and new Course Conductors we add each year.

My goal is to continue to help establish the PMBIA as the global teaching standard for Instructors & Guides all over the world – to ensure it’s a well-run organization that continues to offer high-quality programming and is rewarding to be a part of, for our members, volunteers and employees. I really believe that the PMBIA is good for our sport, it’s good for the industry and it’s fun as heck!

PMBIA’s Newest Directors & Appointed Directors

The BOD has appointed 2 new officers, with Kevin Eaton as our new President, and Eric Tingey as Vice-President.

  1. Kevin Eaton: President (new)
  2. Erica Tingey: Vice President (new)
  3. Kelli Sherbinin: Secretary
  4. Shanon Howard: Treasurer
  5. Virginia Solomon: At-Large (new)
  6. Duncan Milne: At-large (new)
  7. Omer Dagan: At-Large (new)

Stay safe and happy trails,

The PMBIA Team

#PMBIA | #bikeskills #skillbasedteaching #pmbiaassociation #globalmtbstandard #mountainbikeinstructor #mountainbiking #theonlyglobalstandard

 

Photo courtesy of the Crux Initiative Society, Golden, BC

 

Photo courtesy of Hailey Elise, Squamish, BC

 

Online Recertification Training !

Time to do your Level 1 recertification? We are asking all our members to re-certify via the Level 1 Online Recertification Program. 

Regardless of any courses or training you take, your level 1 re-certification has to be completed online every three years. This ensures instructors stay current with the latest teaching methodologies & information that specifically relate to teaching beginner to intermediate riders; which is still the most common student type within the mountain bike coaching industry. You can learn more and register below!

Register Now!

Cycling BC and PMBIA Collaborate to Support Youth Clubs in BC

January 2022

Dear PMBIA Members,

The Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association (PMBIA) and Cycling BC are excited to announce their collaboration and partnership to support the youth clubs in the British Columbia area.

PMBIA, the industry standard for mountain bike instructor certification, and Cycling BC, the provincial governing body for the sport of cycling in British Columbia, are officially partnering to advance the development of NCCP coaches and PMBIA instructors.

Cycling BC’s SafeSport and Coach Excellence Policy helps create safe and high-quality learning experiences for cycling participants of all ages. Leaders attending and leading youth club practices and adult learn-to-ride clinics must carry National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) theory and practical training. This new partnership allows Cycling BC to acknowledge the skills and expertise of PMBIA Level 1 and Level 2 instructors and provide credit for NCCP outdoor practical modules.

Cycling BC invites PMBIA members to participate in NCCP practical modules (Club Mtn. Bike Skills) free of charge. The goal of this is to create mentorship opportunities for existing PMBIA instructors and connect our mountain bike leaders across the province.

Photo courtesy Ben Chaddock

“I’m thrilled to enter into this partnership agreement with the PMBIA. Our goal is to get more people on bikes at the youth club level, celebrate the expertise of our community members and deliver high-quality programs. Through this partnership, we are helping develop better-rounded NCCP coaches and PMBIA instructors by harmonizing each other’s strengths for the benefit of our community members.”  – Ben Chaddock, Cycling BC’s Head of Coach Development

“The PMBIA is excited to forge a new partnership with yet another industry leader. Working with Ben and the team at Cycling BC will enable mountain bike instructors and coaches to more easily benefit from the training of both organizations. Ultimately this will help create better instructors and coaches for the mountain bike world and that’s what we’re all about; raising the standard of mountain bike coaching so that the sport is easier and safer to learn and progress, for all ability levels. It’s a win-win for both the members of Cycling BC and PMBIA, and we’re pumped for 2022 and beyond!” – Paul Howard, PMBIA President & Technical Director 

“I’ve been in this coaching and teaching industry for over 25 years, and as a former XC racer, I learned so much from the racing world. As an athlete, the Cycling Federation helped me develop strategies necessary to perform on the bike, like long-term perspective, development, and dedication. PMBIA training programs have built upon and expanded that foundation, enabling me to transition from racing to coaching and teaching effectively. These two organizations complete each other. The industry will significantly benefit from this partnership by providing more tools for mountain bike professionals, developing a higher level of professionalism, and training well-rounded coaches and instructors. I’m so excited to see the results of this partnership!” – David Gagnon, PMBIA Executive Director

Photo Courtesy of the PMBIA

In recent years, Cycling BC and PMBIA members have pursued certification of both NCCP and PMBI credentials and are consistently satisfied by the quality of both programs.

Stephen Pilcher, a PMBIA Level 1 instructor and an NCCP Club Head Coach & Learning Facilitator, had this to say, “In July 2020, I attended the PMBIA Level 1 module in Whistler, BC. The three-day module provided the perfect amount of time to settle in, build confidence with the skills and lesson plans, and gel as a group. Practicing teaching in small groups up to 4 times a day, each participant could master specific movements and lessons, and then with the support of the group, play with variations.

Ashley Jones, PMBI Level 2 and Course Conductor and NCCP Club Head Coach adds, “Both certifications bring value to the instructor and coach role. The NCCP system focuses on a broader spectrum of training for sport and is especially useful for learning about long-term athlete development. The PMBIA focuses solely on developing MTB skills and teaching skills, benefiting those who lead in intermediate and advanced terrain. For our Cycling BC youth trade team, Instinct Development, our leadership team must carry a solid understanding of both areas.”

Steve Shore, PMBI Level 2, NCCP Club Head Coach says, “I found the PMBIA courses to be very relevant to developing skills for each session whereas I learnt more about long-term athlete programming in the NCCP module. Our club relies on coaches understanding both ends of the spectrum so being able to run an individual session to teach certain skills but also understand how each session fits into the longer-term picture. I found that the courses complement each other well to produce a better picture for improving a rider’s mountain bike skills.”

To learn more about the partnership, please visit the PMBIA section on the Cycling BC website. For additional inquiries, please email coaching@cyclingbc.net.

 

Stay safe and happy trails,

The PMBIA Team

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Photo courtesy of the Crux Initiative Society, Golden, BC

 

Photo courtesy of Hailey Elise, Squamish, BC

 

Online Recertification Training !

Time to do your Level 1 recertification? We are asking all our members this year to re-certify via the Level 1 Online Recertification Program. 

Regardless of any courses or training you take, your level 1 re-certification has to be completed online every three years. This ensures instructors stay current with the latest teaching methodologies & information that specifically relate to teaching beginner to intermediate riders; which is still the most common student type within the mountain bike coaching industry. You can learn more and register below!

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2021 Updates from the Executive Director

January 2022

Dear PMBIA Members,

We are pleased to write to you with the arrangements for this year’s AGM which will take place virtually from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM (PST, GMT-8) on Monday, January 24th. The meeting will take place online over Zoom as a Webinar. The AGM agenda is included below.

Zoom Webinar Registration links and packages will be distributed to ACTIVE MEMBERS once they register. You can register to participate using the following form: https://forms.gle/AeEyzaXvqUBoVcDo6

You must be an active member to attend the AGM. If you are not “current” with your membership, please consider updating your membership by accessing your membership profile to be eligible to vote and to support our organization.

If you have questions about the meeting or your participation, please contact info@pmbia.org.

 

Annual General Meeting Information

When: 

  • Monday, January 24th, 2022
  • 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM (PST, GMT-8) – Online: Zoom – Webinar
  • (The Zoom call will be available from 6:45 PM)

Where:

  • Online over Zoom (Webinar)
  • Registrants will receive participation information and instructions.

Deadline to Register: 

  • Active Members have until January 23rd at 7 pm PST to register
2021 PMBIA AGM Agenda

January 24th, 2022 7pm PST    

7:00 pm: Welcome, Acknowledgement and Call to Order
7:05 pm: Approval of the Agenda
7:10 pm: Approval of the last 2020 AGM Minutes
7:15 pm: Reports

  • 7:15 pm President report
  • 7:25 pm Executive Director report
  • 7:35 pm Treasurer report
  • 7:45 pm Tech committee report

8:00 pm New Business

  • Resolution to approve: “Membership fees Increase”
  • Announcing and welcoming newly elected directors

8:15 pm Adjournment
8:15 pm Members Q&A
8:30 pm Closing

Read AGM Notice In Full

 

Stay safe and happy trails,

The PMBIA Team

#PMBIA | #bikeskills #skillbasedteaching #pmbiaassociation #globalmtbstandard #mountainbikeinstructor #mountainbiking #theonlyglobalstandard

 

 

Online Recertification Training !

Time to do your Level 1 recertification? We are asking all our members this year to re-certify via the Level 1 Online Recertification Program. 

Regardless of any courses or training you take, your level 1 re-certification has to be completed online every three years. This ensures instructors stay current with the latest teaching methodologies & information that specifically relate to teaching beginner to intermediate riders; which is still the most common student type within the mountain bike coaching industry. You can learn more and register below!

Register Now!

2021 Updates from the Executive Director

November 2021

Dear PMBIA Members,

First of all, we hope you’re doing well! This month we come to you with important updates from our Executive Director, David Gagnon, in regards to our upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM), as well as information for those who would like to apply for a seat as a Director-at-Large on the PMBIA’s Board of Directors.

2021 Updates from the Executive Director, David Gagnon

Due to the pandemic, 2020 was a year of unprecedented challenge for everyone. Rolling into the year 2021, the rapid increase of enthusiasts in the cycling industry forced us to make quick changes to a sudden growth in the demand for instructor courses. As countries looked into strategies to reopen their economies, our industry had to constantly adapt to the implementation of COVID-specific safety protocols. I would like to give credit to the entire PMBIA family who has stepped up to these challenges by contributing to the safeguard of all course participants and course conductors, while navigating the complexity of the fluid state of the regional and national restrictions. Our organization has proven its resilience and dependability with all our members.

Even with these challenges, we continued to make progress towards our established goals. In 2021 we’ve updated the organization’s by-laws, and we have continued to build on our successful partnerships with the PSIA, Whistler Adaptive, and conducted another Adaptive Module. To reflect the importance of sustainability in its corporate governance, this year the PMBIA created a Nomination Committee to oversee the succession plan.

For efficiency and better timing with the organization’s end-of-year financials and operations, the BOD has decided to schedule all future AGMs to the end of January.

 

2021 Annual General Meeting

Safety is once again the priority for our upcoming Annual General Meeting – so we’ve decided that in-person participation by the members will unfortunately not be possible. Members will be able to exercise their voting rights through the online video platform. Registration for the 2021 AGM will be opened at least 14 days before the AGM. The AGM agenda, meeting links, and packages will be distributed to active members once they register.

For the upcoming AGM, January 24th, 2022, the Nomination Committee is seeking 2 nominees with diverse backgrounds, competencies, and perspectives to contribute to the organization’s governance and growth. The priorities are:

* audit/accounting

* corporate and social responsibility

* corporate finance

* legal/regulatory

* risk management

If you are interested in applying for a seat as a Director-at-Large on the PMBIA’s Board of Directors, please visit the application information link below. Applications will be accepted until December 14th, 2021 at 11:59 pm PDT.

Application Information

On behalf of our executive management and our PMBIA community, I would like to thank you, our members, for your continued trust during these extraordinary times. The PMBIA has navigated the pandemic remarkably well, implementing the long-term strategic direction set by the Board of Directors, while taking care of the many pressing challenges of today.

Stay safe and happy trails, and #neverstoplearning

#PMBIA | #skillsbasedteaching

David Gagnon, Executive Director

 

 

Online Recertification Training !

Time to do your Level 1 recertification? We are asking all our members this year to re-certify via the Level 1 Online Recertification Program. 

Regardless of any courses or training you take, your level 1 re-certification has to be completed online every three years. This ensures instructors stay current with the latest teaching methodologies & information that specifically relate to teaching beginner to intermediate riders; which is still the most common student type within the mountain bike coaching industry. You can learn more and register below!

Register Now!

Share the Stoke, Share the Knowledge!

June 2021

Dear PMBIA Members,

First of all, we hope this email finds you well! This month we want to take the time to highlight some key insights of becoming a Level 1 Certified Instructor and some reminders for those who are already Level 1 Certified. The sport of Mountain Biking is growing exponentially, and it’s expected to grow globally by 10% over the next 6 years (source: Market Future Research). That’s huge! With these projections, we can anticipate a massive increase in beginners entering the sport. New riders mean more people looking to enter the sport safely & with proper instruction. Here’s where you come in:

Share the Stoke
Most people generally get into guiding or instructing because they want to turn passion into a career, right? We can say from experience, there’s an additional & incredible byproduct of becoming a certified L1 guide: sharing the stoke for biking with newcomers. Your shared stoke gets the client stoked, and it just snowballs from there! There’s a wonderful satisfaction you’ll experience when helping others achieve their goals. Seeing the “ah-hah” moments when a rider understands their body positioning or does a bunny hop is incredibly rewarding – because most of us have been there. We can remember the feeling when things started to “click” and the confidence that comes with it. It doesn’t just skyrocket your level of fun on the bike, but the sense of accomplishment bleeds into other areas of life. As an instructor, you get to be this conduit for success time and time again.

Share the Knowledge

Level 1 instructors don’t just get clients stoked on life, at the core of it all they’re teachers who have a deep passion for sharing knowledge. To assist riders in advancing and developing safe skills on the bike, you must be able to share examples of “dos and don’ts” and be able to clearly communicate riding techniques. We can’t highlight this enough: any professional instructor must have an equally present passion for teaching as they do riding. The Level 1 Certification will show you how much teaching is a skill in its own right and how to develop effective communication tools to increase your clients’ skills and fun on the bike! Once you’ve developed this skill, you’ll be able to more effectively communicate with your students and help prepare them to be better, safer riders.

Find your Level 1 Cert Here

 

Share Responsibly

It’s highly important to share responsibly and teach within your certification level. Code 5 of the PMBIA Code of Ethics states:

“At no point can a member ride, guide, or teach outside of their certification level while working as a mountain bike instructor. Each member must respect the limits of their training, knowledge, and experience, as per their certification level.”

What does this mean for Level 1 Certified Instructors?

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

 

New Online Recertification Training is Here!

We are proud to announce the Level 1 Online Recertification Course is officially here! For those of you who missed out on your re-cert in 2020 due to Covid related restrictions, we’ve given you an extension to recertify until the end of 2021. The online certification makes this easier than ever! We’re also happy to offer this course for $59.00 CAD.

Register Now!

Stay safe, ride your bike and #neverstoplearning.

Happy trails and see you soon!

The PMBIA Team

#PMBIA | #skillsbasedteaching

PMBIA Membership Benefits & Sneak Peek at Re-Certs!

May 2021
Dear PMBIA members,

First of all, we hope this email finds you well! This month we want to bring you insight into your PMBIA membership benefits, as well as give you a sneak peek into the online recertification course we are developing (read-on for more on that!).

But first, what does being a PMBIA member mean? Simply put, you’re in a community of people who are passionate about the advancement of mountain biking skills, safety, and generally speaking, want to get more people on bikes! Being a member also provides continued support to PMBIA, and as a not-for-profit, this is something we are truly grateful for. Your support ensures the continued growth and development of PMBIA, its programs, and its position within the industry. So, if helping to grow this amazing sport isn’t enough for you, here are a few reasons to become a PMBIA member!

Pro-Deals

We all know mountain biking isn’t a cheap sport by any stretch of the imagination, so we have partnered with several brands to ensure you have access to pro-deals. This enables you to keep your equipment up-to-date and running well. Safe and well-maintained equipment is essential for any professional Instructor to perform their best during work (and look good!).

PMBIA members who are in good standing and have paid their dues will gain exclusive access to pro-deals from PMBIA’s partners. Pro-deals have both limitations (for personal use only) and certain expectations outlined on the pro-deal page. Some of the brands you can look forward to representing are Chromag, Stan’s No Tubes, Troy Lee Designs, Vorsprung, Transition Bikes and Anvl Components, Suspension, MRP, Raceface – Fox – Easton Cycling & Marzocchi and many more from our partner at IPA Collective.

International Recognition

It’s safe to say that devout mountain bikers follow their passion all over the world. This sport is so much more than, well, a sport. It inspires us, defines our communities, and spurs us to seek out the best riding, even if that means switching hemispheres. Being a PMBIA member means you have an internationally recognized certification, allowing you to guide or instruct from anywhere in the world. One Instructor Certification for one sport… no need to recertify if you travel.

PMBIA Instructor Training

Member Resources

The best instructors or guides know that to be a proficient and profound coach means you never stop learning. Continually advancing your skills, refining teaching techniques, and staying up to date with the latest information is vital to becoming a highly regarded guide or instructor. PMBIA members have exclusive, year-round access to the PMBIA Reference Guide, Course Guides and Worksheets, through our online member’s area. If you need to remind yourself of skills, drills, or safety procedures, or even continue your training and learning to the next level of certification, you can.

 

Job Opportunities

As the most respected and recognized mountain bike certification provider, PMBIA members are highly employable. Your future employer will know you’ve been held to the highest of standards to obtain your certification, as well as possess the latest teaching techniques and skills. This is an automatic win for your resume! Instructors can also seek employment from any of our industry-leading partners, through our Official PMBIA Supporter List. These companies are all over the world and represent the most senior, experienced providers of mountain bike lessons, camps, and tours in the industry.

 

New Online Recertification Training!

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, an adverse impact on the global economy, the cycling industry, and our ability to provide our programs. With the disruption to international and inter-state/province travel and business operations, many members in need of renewing their certifications may have been unable to find a recertification opportunity to keep their existing membership up-to-date as per our PMBIA Code of Ethics.

To answer this challenge and to better support our members globally, we will roll out a New Level 1 Online Recertification Training. This will adequately prepare Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 instructors to stay current with the fundamentals of teaching, coaching and guiding methodologies, and be accessible from the comfort of your own home. This new service will be available in a couple of months and we will inform everyone when it will be available. Until then, all members who are due to re-cert will be granted a grace period until the Online Recertification is live.

In addition to completing the Level 1 Online Recertification, Level 2 will have a grace period and will have to recertify using the Level 2 modules, same as in previous years. Level 3 instructors will be required to attend a two-day Level 3 module which can be used as a preparation for the Level 3 certification course and current Level 3’s will use it as a recertification.

More details will be revealed in the next few months so bear with us as we are working hard to upgrade our 3-year recertification programs.

Until next time, stay safe, have fun on the bikes and we’ll hopefully see you guys online or on a course, very soon!

Happy Trails,

The PMBIA Team

#PMBIA | #skillsbasedteaching

PMBIA Certified instructors

March Course Updates for 2021 and COVID Booking Policies

March 12, 2021
Dear PMBIA members,

REGISTRATION UPDATE: 
 
This is an update to the previously announced 60-day booking window for 2021 course registrations.
 
Due to the ongoing updates with Covid restrictions and vaccines becoming more widely available and in conjunction with with feedback from members and future course participants. We are excited to announce:

!! The 60-day booking window remains active until the registration system becomes updated on the dates below: 

ALL CANADIAN COURSE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN MARCH 19th 2021
 
ALL U.S.A. COURSE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN MARCH 22nd 2021

 

*Registrations will remain open until the courses are sold out or will close 7 days prior to the course start dates.
 
Please note that as the safety of our members and staff is the utmost priority of the PMBIA, the PMBIA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses in specific areas/regions based on ongoing updates to COVID restrictions. In these cases registrations will either be transferred to the new course dates or refunded in full at the request of the participant. For all other Booking and Cancellation Policies please click here.

Happy trails and see you in 2021,

The PMBIA Team

#PMBIA | #skillsbasedteaching #neverstoplearning