PMBIA LEVEL 1 Re-certification
1-day re-certification instructor course
The PMBI Association requires Level 1 instructors to re-train every three years, by attending a one-day course. This system is key in ensuring the PMBIA maintains consistent, professional teaching and guiding practices within the industry.
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 also includes a one year membership to the PMBIA and 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.
- 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 the 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 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.
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
Other recommended sections include:
Level 1: Beginner to Intermediate (yellow section)
LEVEL 1 WORKSHEET: Candidates must complete the Level 1 Worksheet, prior to the course commencing. This worksheet acts as the “written assessment” portion of the course.
Please print or copy (neatly handwritten is fine) this worksheet, along with your answers, and submit to the course conductor on the morning of day one of the course.
LEVEL 1 RECERTIFICATION BOOKLET: This provides an outline of the one-day recertification course, including the agenda, and summary of the key information and Level 1 workshops. You do not need to print the course booklet, because you will be provided with a hard copy on the course.
To view these three items, first register for a course and then access the "Member's Login" link under the "Membership" drop down menu, on our website, www.pmbia.org. To log in to this area you will need to use the email address and password you used to register for the course. Please keep any login details for private use only.:
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 - age, first aid requirements, rain, never taught before, etc.
- COURSE LOGISTICS - booking travel, times, weather, lunch, first aid requirements and equipment.
- RE-CERTIFICATION & MEMBERSHIP - how to re-certify, what’s included in the membership
- 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.
- 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.
- COURSE TIMES/WEATHER/LUNCH?
Course times vary by location but typically start at 8.45am and finish close to 4.30pm. Be ready to ride for three days, regardless of weather. Please be punctual. 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.
- EQUIPMENT? BIKE & HELMET RECOMMENDATIONS
The Level 1 Re-certification Course is held in different locations, all over the world. Regardless of location or terrain, the Level 1 course trains instructors how to teach and guide in both downhill bike park and cross country trail network settings. You will therefore need a bike that is best suited to the course location you are attending:
Level 1 Re-certification Courses in lift accessed downhill bike parks (e.g. Whistler Mountain Bike Park). Full face helmet, knee pads and gloves. A good working, modern “Enduro” bike (slack head tube angle) is ideal, with 6 inches of suspension front and rear and downhill/heavy casing tires (to avoid pinch flats associated with harder terrain and higher speeds in bike parks). Downhill bikes can be used for Level 1 Re-certification courses in lift-accessed bike parks, but are not mandatory.
Level 1 Re-certification Courses in cross country trail networks (e.g. Lost Lake Trails, Whistler). Modern helmet and gloves essential, knee pads optional. A good working cross country or modern enduro bike is ideal. Downhill bikes will NOT be suitable for Level 1 Re-certification courses held in cross country trail networks.
- OTHER EQUIPMENT?
You will need to bring the following things...
- pen and paper
- small backpack to carry these things...
- spare tubes and puncture kit
- tire levers and pump
- multi tool and chain tool
- rain jacket/spare clothes based on weather
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 it’s 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!
LEVEL 1 RE-CERTIFICATION COURSE DATES
- August 22nd register
- SILVER STAR
- August 12th register
- BLUE MOUNTAIN
- July 29th register
- MONT TREMBLANT
- July 26th register
- October 18th - 19th register