PMBIA LEVEL 2 RE-CERTIFICATION
2-day Level 2 instructor re-certification course
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 also include a one year membership to the PMBIA and 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!
- 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 pre-course workshop is essential to prepare for your Level 2 Re-certifcation, so you can get the most of your PMBIA Training. 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.
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:
- Teaching Skills
- Riding Skills
- Level 2: Teaching Beyond Intermediate
LEVEL 2 WORKSHEET: Before the course, candidates must complete the Level 2 Worksheet, at the back of both the L2 AIR MODULE and L2 TRAIL MODULE Booklets. 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.
L2 AIR and L2 TRAIL MODULE BOOKLETS: These provide an outline of the two day courses, including the agenda, and summary of the key information and workshops presented during the course you choose. You do not need to print the booklet, because you will be provided with a hard copy during 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 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 envi-ronment.
- 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 - 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
- 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 off 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 maneuvers 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. NEEDS LINK
- 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 2 Course is held in different locations, all over the world. Regardless of location or terrain, the Level 2 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 2 AIR 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 are also recommended for Level 2 courses in lift-accessed bike parks, but are not mandatory
Level 2 TRAIL Courses in cross country trail networks (e.g. Lost Lake Trails, Whistler). Modern Enduro-style helmet, gloves and knee pads. A good working, modern enduro bike is ideal. Downhill bikes will NOT be suitable for Level 2 Trail courses.
- 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 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 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!