PMBIA Level 2 Instructor Course

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 2 RE-CERTIFICATION

2-DAY LEVEL 2 INSTRUCTOR RE-CERTIFICATION COURSE

DESCRIPTION

The PMBI Association requires instructors to re-train every three years. This system is key in ensuring the PMBIA maintains consistent, professional teaching and guiding practices within the industry.

To re-certify as a PMBI Level 2, an instructor needs to take either the L2 AIR Module course or the L2 TRAIL Module course.

Both these modules are two days and are 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.

For more information on these courses, please click on the links below:

These modules provides access to all the PMBIA Course Materials and Level 2 Worksheet.

Additional workshops including the Level 2 worksheet (to be completed before the course), goal setting and suspension set-up, will also be included.

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

  • Update and refresh your knowledge: Perhaps it’s been a while since you’ve taken an instructor 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 PMBI tools and techniques, while getting in some vital practice teaching to refresh your skills and confidence.!
  • Re-certify as The Best: The PMBI Association is the world’s leader in mountain bike instructor training… we run more certification courses in a month, than most other certifications do the entire year. Recognized and used by more mountain bike parks, clubs and schools than any other certification, PMBI brings enhanced credibility to your resume and further employment opportunities.!
  • Gain access to PMBIA Membership Benefits & More! Every PMBIA Member gains year-round, online access to the most up-to-date PMBI Reference Materials. Furthermore, our industry-first Instructor Association Pro-Deal Program is available to any PMBIA Member. Continued professional development, industry deals and more employability… it’s a no brainer!!
  • Become your own coach: Through a greater knowledge of riding skills and learning theory, your increased understanding of the sport will help you analyze your own riding and further enable you to teach yourself!!
  • Have fun: It’s two days of riding bikes, learning and getting stoked!

PRE-REQUISITES

  • PMBI Level 2
  • Completed Level 2 Worksheet (available upon registration)
  • 2+ seasons teaching experience recommended, but not mandatory.
  • Confident riding at speed on technical and flowy, intermediate to advanced terrain, including green, blue and black trails. Comfortable jumping on Crank It Up and A-line.
  • 80hr Wilderness First Responder Certification (or equivalent) strongly recommended, but not mandatory. 40hr Wilderness First Aid (or equivalent) expected, as per the Level 1 recommendation.
  • A minimum age of 17 is required for the Level 2. Guiding and teaching mountain biking is inherently dangerous and being legally responsible for other adults and children, warrants a minimum age for certified instructors.

READING MATERIALS & WORKSHEET: 2 – 3 HRS

The two-day L2 Air and L2 Trail Modules are used for the Level 2 Recertification. The pre-course workshop is essential to prepare for the course, so you cane sure to show up ready for your recertification. It involves reading the PMBIA Reference Guide and completing the Level 2 Worksheet. Please note the reading and worksheet takes approximately 2 – 3 hrs to complete.

LEVEL 2 WORKSHEET (2-3hrs)

Candidates must complete the Level 2 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 DAY ONE 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.

2.  L2 AIR OR L2 TRAIL BOOKLET (depending on course location/venue)

This is the Course Booklet for the two-day L2 modules. There is a booklet specific to the L2 Air Module  and one for the L2 Trail Module. These include the agenda and summary of the key information and workshops presented during the course.

3.  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 2 worksheet, candidates should read the following sections, as a minimum:

  • Teaching Skills
  • Riding Skills
  • Level 2: Teaching Beyond Intermediate (orange)

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.
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.

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

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.
EQUIPMENT
L2 AIR Module Courses in lift accessed downhill bike parks (lift up, ride down):
The L2 AIR Module includes riding on green, blue and black, mountain bike trails, with tabletop jumps and drops. We therefore recommend participants are comfortable riding at this level and over these features, before attending the course. The PMBIA recommends a good working downhill or modern “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 help avoid pinch flats associated with harder terrain and higher speeds in bike parks. A good condition, full face helmet that fits correctly and knee pads, are mandatory. Gloves, elbow pads and spine protection are recommended, but at the discretion of the individual.
L2 TRAIL Module in cross country trail networks (no lifts, ride up and down):
The PMBIA recommends a good working, modern “Trail” or “Enduro” bike, with 4 – 6 inches of suspension front and rear, quality disc brakes and trail or enduro casing tires; to ensure maximum grip and speed control. Downhill bikes will NOT be suitable for L2 Trail Module held in cross country trail networks. A good condition, modern helmet that fits correctly, is mandatory. Knee pads are strongly recommended. Gloves and elbow pads are 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 2, candidates will not have to “re-test” to maintain the PMBI Level 2 Certification. Simply attending one of the two-day L2 AIR or TRAIL Modules will be sufficient to maintain the Level 2 certification.

However, there will be a performance review, to provide feedback on any areas for improvement in your riding, guiding and teaching skills. Examples of the Level 2 Riding and Teaching Standards, are below.

RIDING & TEACHING STANDARD

PMBI Level 2 instructors must be able to comfortably ride intermediate and advanced terrain so they can focus on their students’ safety and concerns while executing an effective lesson.

Below are some of the main examples of the riding and teaching skills required on the PMBI Level 2 course. With the Level 1 teaching and riding skills previously consolidated, candidates should be able to guide students safely in green, blue or black terrain, while effectively developing their skills.

  • Climbing and descending on technical, blue and black-diamond trails
  • High-Speed cornering in flat, off-camber & banked corners (berms)
  • Steeps, rock rolls and technical terrain with roots and rocks.
  • “TRAIL” Level 2 Maneuvers: Manuals, Wheelies, Bunnyhops, Short Nose Wheelies
  • “AIR” Level 2 Maneuvers: Small to Medium tabletop jumps (“Crank It Up” style and size). Drop-offs up to 5ft high using a variety of techniques
  • Strong Guiding & Risk Management Skills through the Safety Rules, Class Management & Terrain Communication Protocols
  • Strong lesson structure using both the Training Wheel & I.D.E.A Progression Teaching Models
  • Strong lesson content, through a clear knowledge and technical understanding of the Six Riding Skills.
  • Strong People Skills & Instructor Traits are required to present a fun, student-tailored learning environment.
  • Specific, technically sound and well-structured Explanations.
  • Uses a variety of Demonstrating techniques with consistent technique.
  • Detailed analysis of student techniques and biomechanics
  • Delivers positive, specific, technically correct feedback.
  • Adaptability & in-depth knowledge of advanced riding, guiding and teaching skills
  • Intermediate mechanics: suspension set up with sag, rebound, compression (high and low) for all types of bike, bike fit, BB and headset maintenance, brake bleeding, basic wheel truing.

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

GENERAL QUESTIONS

WHAT RIDING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?
For the Level 2 course, you should be comfortable riding at speed on technical blue, black and single black diamond trails. Be aware that these trail ratings are based on technical, B.C. trails that are often more challenging when compared to other riding destinations. For example, a Whistler – grade blue trail, may be more similar to a black trail, somewhere else.

Riders should be comfortable climbing and descending steep, rough terrain, with roots and rocks, cornering with speed on flat and bermed corners, while dealing with drops, rollers and loose surfaces. Level 2 AIR instructors must be able to perform advanced manoeuvres such jumps and drop-offs, while Level 2 TRAIL instructors should be able to perform basic manuals, wheelies, bunnyhops and rear wheel pivots. For more details, check out the Riding & Teaching Standards, here.

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 are 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.
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.

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

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.
EQUIPMENT
L2 AIR Module Courses in lift accessed downhill bike parks (lift up, ride down):
The L2 AIR Module includes riding on green, blue and black, mountain bike trails, with tabletop jumps and drops. We therefore recommend participants are comfortable riding at this level and over these features, before attending the course. The PMBIA recommends a good working downhill or modern “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 help avoid pinch flats associated with harder terrain and higher speeds in bike parks. A good condition, full face helmet that fits correctly and knee pads, are mandatory. Gloves, elbow pads and spine protection are recommended, but at the discretion of the individual.
L2 TRAIL Module in cross country trail networks (no lifts, ride up and down):
The PMBIA recommends a good working, modern “Trail” or “Enduro” bike, with 4 – 6 inches of suspension front and rear, quality disc brakes and trail or enduro casing tires; to ensure maximum grip and speed control. Downhill bikes will NOT be suitable for L2 Trail Module held in cross country trail networks. A good condition, modern helmet that fits correctly, is mandatory. Knee pads are strongly recommended. Gloves and elbow pads are 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 LEVEL 2 COURSE MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO, DO I NEED TO TAKE THE WHOLE COURSE AGAIN?
Any PMBI Level 2 instructor who took the course more than three years ago, can sign up for a two-day Level 2 Development Module and complete the Level 2 Worksheet. The greater time, experience and skill level required to take the PMBI Level 2, exempts these instructors from having to re-take the whole, four-day course again.
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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