PMBIA Level 4 Module

LEVEL 4 MODULE

2-DAY PROFESSIONAL TRAINING MODULE

DESCRIPTION

The two-day L4 MODULE is a professional training course to help Level 3 Instructors prepare for the full, five-day Level 4 Expert Skills Coaching Course. This module includes two days of on-bike training, rider improvement, teaching practice, assessment and feedback, plus access to the PMBIA Reference Guide & L4 MODULE Booklet.

The first day focuses on reviewing the teaching concepts on the Level 4 course; including Theme-based teaching, blending multiple skills together and a refined understanding of ‘when and how much’ together with the PRE-CAP Skill Development Model and Performance Factors, to help instructors transition towards expert skills coaches. 

Day two will see continued rider development as instructors explore how to safely progress students towards larger jumps and drops, while also introducing them to basic tricks such as tabletops and whips. 

The module will provide a detailed look into what the riding and teaching standards of the full Level 4 course, while providing an opportunity for instructors to calibrate their own performance and skill level, against these standards. 

WHY TAKE THIS MODULE?

  • Improve your riding. If you’re a Level 4 Instructor and want to feel more comfortable in expert terrain, including black and double black trails and large tabletop jumps, hips and step downs, this module provides a good insight into the riding standards on the full Level 4 course and will help act as a stepping stone towards those standards. 
  • Improve your coaching. This introduces some of the key concepts covered in the full Level 4 course to help give your advanced coaching a kick start for new ideas and how to coach riders in long term programs.
  • PREPARE for the Level 4: This module includes two days of training and feedback on your riding and coaching to help prepare for a more successful, fun Level 4 course! If you’re a Level 3 instructor and you’re not sure if your riding or teaching is ready for the Level 4, this module is a great chance to ‘get a taste’ of the full course while receiving some critical feedback and training to help assess where you are, relative to the Level 4 course standards.
  • RETEST to complete the Level 4. If you were unsuccessful on the Level 4 Course on either your riding or teaching components, you must take the two day module as your retest. This provides further training and more opportunities to learn, progress and to meet the course standards.
  • RECERTIFY the Level 4 Certification. All PMBIA Certifications are valid for 3 years. This two-day module also serves as the recertification course for current PMBIA Level 4 Skills Coaches. It’s a great chance for current Level 4’s to update and refresh their skills, to stay sharp and at the top of their game as fully certified PMBIA mountain bike instructors.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? AM I READY?

  • The L4 MODULE is for experienced, accomplished mountain bike coaches who are certified Level 3, and wish to learn more about and prepare for the Level 4 Certification. These individuals often include professional, full time mountain bike instructors and coaches and Development and Racing Team Coaches.
  • Participants on the L4 Module should therefore, as a minimum, be aware of the Level 4 Riding Standards and be comfortable riding at speed on technical blue, black and double black diamond trails, including black (large) jump trails.
  • Participants should be comfortable riding on all types of terrain in all conditions, including riding at speed on unfamiliar terrain. 
  • Participants should have an interest in learning about tricks and style in the air, if not already comfortable performing these skills. 
    • Remember, the primary goal of the Level 4 Certification is to learn how to teach these skills… therefore when considering the Level 4 riding and teaching standards, these skills should ideally be refined and autonomous, in all situations, prior to attending the course. The L4 Module can therefore act as a great training tool in your progression towards these competencies. 
  • Riders who are comfortable riding with and leading groups in an outdoor environment, in challenging terrain in all conditions, while being responsible for the welfare of other adults and children. 

PREREQUISITES

  • PMBIA Level 3
  • 5+ seasons working full time as a Mountain Bike Instructor, highly recommended 
  • 3+ seasons teaching mountain biking (or other sports such as snowboarding) to intermediate to advanced riders
  • Confident riding at speed on all trails, including technical and flowy trails, advanced to expert terrain, including green, blue, black and double black trails.
  • 80hr Wilderness First Responder Certification (or equivalent) strongly recommended, but not mandatory.
  • A minimum age of 20 is recommended for Level 4 to ensure the instructor has not only the appropriate knowledge and technical skills, but also the depth of experience (time), risk management skills and sense of responsibility required when legally responsible for students, while teaching advanced skills in potentially dangerous terrain.
  • Other instructor or coaching certifications (skiing/snowboarding) a strong asset, but not essential.

PRE-COURSE READING & WORKSHEET: 1 – 2 HR

The pre-course workshop is essential to prepare for the L4 MODULE, so you can get the most out of your PMBIA Training. It involves reading the comprehensive PMBIA Reference Guide and L4 Module Booklet, before completing a worksheet. Please note the reading and worksheet takes approximately 1 – 2 hrs to complete. These will be provided in your member profile following registration. 

COURSE LOGISTICS

To learn more about course logistics, such as booking accommodation, weather protocols, timing and equipment requirements, please visit the L4 MODULE FAQ page.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

The assessment criteria on the L4 MODULE depends on the reasons for taking it, and are outlined below. 

PREPARATION: If you are taking this module to simply prepare yourself for the full, five-day Level 4 Instructor Course, there will be no official (pass/fail) assessment. However, candidates will be expected to present a 15 – 20 minute Expert Skill Coaching Session, to develop and refine the skills of an expert student. A Candidate Evaluation & Feedback Form will be provided to offer relevant feedback for each candidate’s personal, professional development. 

TEACHING RETESTS: As part of a Level 4 teaching retest, candidates will be asked to present an Expert Theme-Based Skill Coaching Session, to develop and refine the skills of an expert student, lasting up to 45 minutes. In this context, candidates must meet the relevant Level 4 Teaching Standards, to complete this component of the certification. A Candidate Evaluation & Feedback Form will be provided to offer relevant feedback for each candidate’s personal, professional development. 

RIDING RETESTS: As part of a riding retest, candidates will be asked to present a 15 – 20 minute Expert Skill Coaching Session, to develop and refine the skills of an expert student. During this coaching session and throughout the two-day module, riding retest candidates will need to consistently show the Level 4 Riding Standards, to complete this component of the certification. A Candidate Evaluation & Feedback Form will be provided to offer relevant feedback for each candidate’s personal, professional development. 

RECERTIFICATION: As part of the three-year PMBIA recertification cycle, instructors are required to refresh, update and recertify their skills, every three years. As a previously certified LEVEL 4 INSTRUCTOR, there will be no official (pass/fail) assessment. However, candidates will be expected to present a 15 – 20 minute Expert Skill Coaching Session, to develop and refine the skills of an expert student. A Candidate Evaluation & Feedback Form will be provided to offer relevant feedback for each candidate’s personal, professional development.

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

GENERAL QUESTIONS

DO I NEED A DOWNHILL BIKE FOR THE L4 MODULE OR LEVEL 4 COURSE?
Candidates considering either the L4 Module or Level 4 Course, should be comfortable on any level or type of terrain, from green to double black trails. Candidates should review the riding and teaching standards closely for the Level 4 course, to understand the general level or riding skills required for the L4 Module or Level 4 Course.

Candidates should be comfortable jumping on black jump trails, riding steep terrain with speed control (including rock slabs and rock rolls) and comfortable on technical, rough terrain.

Because the L4 Module and Level 4 Course is currently held in Bike Parks, a downhill bike is suitable. However, a good quality, modern Enduro bike with a downhill-focused set up (DH tires, 160mm + travel, 200mm brake rotors, etc), can also be suitable for the course. What bike you bring is based on your comfort level in expert terrain and which bike will help provide a safe, successful learning experience for you.

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 outdoors. If clients want to ride in the rain or heat, within reason, the instructor or guide has to. With the exception 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

WEATHER
Be ready to ride every day of the course, regardless of weather; be sure to dress appropriately for conditions and bring spare clothes as required. The course will not be canceled 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, 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
For courses in lift-accessed, downhill bike parks (lift up, ride down):The L4 Module includes riding on green, blue, black and double 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 approximately 150 – 170mm (6+ inches) of suspension front and rear, quality disc brakes (200mm rotors) with downhill or enduro casing tires & inserts; 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.

OTHER EQUIPMENT
Instructors and guides must be self-reliant and therefore capable of 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

RECERTIFICATION & MEMBERSHIP

I TOOK MY PMBI LEVEL 4 COURSE (PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS THE LEVEL 3 COURSE, PRIOR TO 2022) MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO, DO I NEED TO TAKE THE WHOLE COURSE AGAIN?
All PMBIA Certifications are valid for 3 years. The 2-day L4 Module also serves as the recertification course for PMBIA Level 4 Instructors. It’s a great chance for current Level 4’s to update and refresh their skills, to stay sharp and at the top of their game as full-certified PMBIA mountain bike instructors.

As part of the Level 4 Recertification process, members will also need to complete the online Level 1 Recertification Course. This is because the Level 2, 3 and 4 Certifications all build on the foundation of the Level 1 Course, so it’s important for all instructors, no matter their certification level, to remain up to date and current with this foundation course.

HOW LONG DOES MY PMBI CERTIFICATION LAST? DO I NEED TO RECERTIFY?
The PMBIA certification is valid for three years. If you wish to remain up to date you must recertify 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 membership 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!

Please note, the PMBI Level 2 – AIR, PMBI Level 2 – TECH, Kids Module are mandatory requirements before registering for the L4 Module

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Level 4 Module – Canada – British Columbia – Whistler Bike Park – October 3-4 2022

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