The PMBI Certifications train instructors to how to teach using modern, proven teaching theories and methodologies combined with the proven, skill-based model approach to gravity sports that provides a detailed analysis of the skills, physics and biomechanics within mountain biking.
This model gives instructors a deeper understanding of mountain bike skills and techniques, while providing them an organized framework of knowledge from which to teach from. Together with the PMBI Teaching Models, this enables mountain bike instructors to offer safer, more effective lessons to a great variety of students, than ever before.
The PMBI Certifications are unique in this ability to train instructors how to teach in both cross country and downhill environments, while also training and evaluating instructors on both their teaching and guiding skills to the highest standards in instructor certifications.
The PMBI Association currently offers three levels of Instructor Certification. The Level 1 course is designed to train instructors how to teach beginner to intermediate mountain bikers, while the Level 2 course trains experienced instructors how to teach advanced riders, and beyond. The Level 3 course is for very experienced instructors looking to learn the relevant tools to become a coach for advanced to expert riders, who are competing, or planning to compete.
All PMBI Instructor Certifications courses train instructors how to teach and guide mountain biking in both cross country (all mountain, enduro, xc race) and downhill (bike park, shuttle runs) environments.
The one-day PMBI Refresher Course is for those instructors wanting to refresh their riding and teaching skills. For instructors from other certifications such as IMBA and IDP (Whistler Bike Park) who wish to enter the PMBI Certification System, there is also a one-day Affiliate Training Course.
For those local volunteers and biking advocates who wish to lead groups on organized club rides, PMBI provides a one-day Ride Guide Training Course.
|FIRST AID REQUIREMENTS||TYPICAL TEACHING ENVIRONMENT||EXAMPLE MANEUVERS||TYPICAL STUDENT ABILITY|
|Level 1||3||17||Strong Intermediate riding skills||Yes||40hr Wilderness First Aid [or equivalent] Strongly Recommended||Introducing skills on green and blue trails||Front & rear wheel lifts, pedaling wheel lift, hairpins, rolling drop||Beginner to low Intermediate|
|Level 2||4||17||PMBI or MBIT Level 1||Yes||40hr Wilderness First Aid [or equivalent] Strongly Recommended||Developing skills on green, blue & black trails, with more speed||AIR: Introducing students to Drops & Jumps on blue trails
TRAIL: Introducing students to Manuals, Wheelies, Bunnyhops, Stoppies
|Intermediate to Advanced|
|Level 3||4||19||PMBI Level 2||Yes||40hr Wilderness First Aid (or equivalent) Mandatory
80hr Wilderness First Responder Recommended
|Refining skills on all trail difficulty levels and terrain types. Coaching Athletes||Refining Drops & Jumps on black trails. Refining Manuals, Wheelies, Bunnyhops, Stoppies||Advanced to Expert|
|Refresher||1||17||PMBI or MBIT Level 1||No||See Level 1||See Level 1||See Level 1||See Level 1|
|Crossover Level 1||1||17||IDP Level 1||Yes||See Level 1||See Level 1||See Level 1||See Level 1|
|Crossover Level 2||2||17||IDP Level 2||Yes||See Level 2||See Level 2||See Level 2||See Level 2|
|Ride Guide||1||17||3+ years riding||No||See Level 1||No teaching. Guiding only on green & blue trails||Only Guiding Skills will be developed||See Level 1|
|Junior||2||14-16||2+ years riding||No||See Level 1||See Level 1||See Level 1||See Level 1|