PMBIA Level 1 Instructor Cours

Anyone who was due to re-certify during the 2020 season
has been given an extension until the end of 2021
due to COVID-19 related restrictions.

PMBIA LEVEL 1 RE-CERTIFICATION

1-DAY RE-CERTIFICATION INSTRUCTOR COURSE

DESCRIPTION

The PMBIA certifications are 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. This ensures our members maintain a minimum level of competency and skill, ensuring the PMBIA upholds the professional industry standard.

The one-day Re-certification course is also the perfect way to update your knowledge to the latest teaching and riding techniques in the industry, to sharpen your own skills and get some feedback from the best instructors out there.

The course provides access to all the PMBIA Course Materials and Level 1 Worksheet.

The day begins with a review of the Level 1 worksheet (to be completed prior to the course commencing) and a bike set-up review. Moving onto the trails, the morning will be spent reviewing the skill-based example lessons from the Level 1 course, along with the relevant teaching and guiding theory.

Before and after lunch, candidates will gain a chance to practice teach the skill-based lessons. The day will wrap up with a review and another practice teach of the Level 1 Foundation Maneuvers and a brief workshop on First Aid Training & Mechanics.

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

  • Update and refresh your knowledge: Perhaps it’s been a while since you’ve taken the PMBI course, or maybe you just haven’t taught biking in a while. Either way, this course is a great way to update your knowledge to the latest tools and techniques, while getting in some vital practice teaching to refresh your skills and confidence. You can take this course at the start of each new season, or simply wait until the three year re-certification deadline…
  • Re-certify: The PMBI Association promotes consistent, professional teaching standards through it’s three year re-certification policy. Any PMBI instructor whose certification is older than three years, must attend a one-day Recertification course to maintain eligibility as a member of the PMBIA.
  • Have fun and learn from the best. The PMBI Course Conductors will work with you on your own riding and demonstrating techniques, helping you feel better on the bike, while providing friendly feedback on your practice teaching, so you can deliver the best possible learning experience to your students.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • PMBI Level 1 Certification no older than three years. (If you have a PMBI Level 1 certification older than three years, you will need to take the full PMBI Level 1 course, again).
  • Completed Level 1 Worksheet (available upon registration)
  • 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 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 Re-certification 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 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.

LEVEL 1 RECERTIFICATION COURSE BOOKLET: This provides an outline of the 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.

COURSE LOGISTICS

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.
AM I READY YET? COURSE INFO, VIDEOS & COURSE STANDARDS
Please be sure to watch the Level 1 course standard videos and review the general course information on the website, if you have not already done so. This is key in making sure you are prepared and familiar with the Level 1 Course Standards, so you can demonstrate Level 1 teaching and riding skills, during the Level 1 Recertification Course.

Be sure to review the Level 1 course standards, including videos, here http://www.pmbia.org/courses/level-1/, and for more information on the Level 1 Recertification Course itself, click here: http://www.pmbia.org/courses/level-1/re-cert/

To be eligible for a successful Recertification, you must attend the complete 1 day course and show the minimum Level 1 teaching and riding standards. Be ready to ride and practice teach, throughout the day!

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.
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 view our Booking & Cancellation Policy, please click here: http://www.pmbia.org/policies/

EQUIPMENT
For Level 1 Recertification 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 Recertification 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?
Instructors and guides must be self-reliant and therefore capable or carrying and using the following equipment. Please be sure to bring the following items as a minimum…

  • 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
    • water & snacks
    • lunch, or money for lunch

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

As a previously certified PMBI Level 1, candidates will not have to “re-test” to maintain the PMBI Level 1 Certification. Simply attending the 1-day Re-certification Course will be sufficient to maintain the certification.

However, there will be a performance review at the end of the day, to provide feedback on any areas for improvement in your riding, guiding and teaching skills. Examples of the Level 1 Riding and Teaching Standards, are 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.

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

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.

COURSE LOGISTICS

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.
AM I READY YET? COURSE INFO, VIDEOS & COURSE STANDARDS
Please be sure to watch the Level 1 course standard videos and review the general course information on the website, if you have not already done so. This is key in making sure you are prepared and familiar with the Level 1 Course Standards, so you can demonstrate Level 1 teaching and riding skills, during the Level 1 Recertification Course.

Be sure to review the Level 1 course standards, including videos, here http://www.pmbia.org/courses/level-1/, and for more information on the Level 1 Recertification Course itself, click here: http://www.pmbia.org/courses/level-1/re-cert/

To be eligible for a successful Recertification, you must attend the complete 1 day course and show the minimum Level 1 teaching and riding standards. Be ready to ride and practice teach, throughout the day!

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.
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 view our Booking & Cancellation Policy, please click here: http://www.pmbia.org/policies/

EQUIPMENT
For Level 1 Recertification 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 Recertification 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?
Instructors and guides must be self-reliant and therefore capable or carrying and using the following equipment. Please be sure to bring the following items as a minimum…

  • 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
    • water & snacks
    • lunch, or money for lunch

RE-CERTIFICATION & MEMBERSHIP

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 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 re-certify before your certification becomes older than three years and expires. This also ensures our members maintain a minimum level of competency and skill, to ensure the PMBIA upholds a professional standard within the industry.
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!

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