Adaptive Level 1 Fundamental Skills Instructor

Length: A 3-day course that certifies an individual as a Fundamental Skills Instructor.

Cost: $650 USD, registration.

Details on annual dues and policies to maintain this certification can be found at

There are many aspects to teaching mountain biking: planning and preparation, risk management, clear communication with students, managing a group of riders, and being fully confident in your own understanding and demonstration of the Fundamental Elements.

This course introduces stability and biomechanics, teaching strategy, site selection, goal setting, proper demonstrations, teaching points, keywords, progressions, and error detection. 

You may be asked to demonstrate teaching proficiency on any/all of the skills presented in the manual.

We will expect that you are comfortable and fluent with all current keywords and teaching points along with proper demonstrations. Along with being certified how to teach adaptive mountain biking using specialized equipment and instruction techniques.

Each student will be tested on their ability to demonstrate, teach, and provide feedback through error detection and corrections.

In order to pass the BICP Level 1 course, participants must pass a pretest, demonstrate an understanding of the material, perform a suitable teaching simulation, and pass a final written exam.

This course offers hands-on training, students will receive comprehensive training on the fundamental elements of mountain biking. Level 1 participants will create a foundation for teaching mountain bike skills clinics including personal riding skills, proper form, systematic methods, and terminology.

Completion of the course, in addition to passing a practical exam, will qualify an individual to:

  • Instruct individual or group mountain bike skills clinics in a professional, systematic and safe manner
  • Assess the level of each rider in their group through a pre-ride observation session
  • Assess and diagnose common errors within each rider’s fundamental skills
  • Prepare and implement teaching plans, progressions, and goal planning for future skills clinics
  • Make responsible choices when instructing mountain bike skills clinics
  • Assist BICP instructors at clinics, camps, and events

Adaptive Level 1 Prerequisites:

  • Current First Aid & CPR certificate
  • Wilderness First Aid certification strongly recommended
  • Three or more years of mountain bike experience
  • Volunteer service or work experience in the bike-related industry
  • Volunteer service or work experience in the adaptive sports industry
  • At least 18 yrs. old
  • Good communication skills
  • A strong desire to help others have more fun and progress safely
  • Ability to perform basic trailside repairs (flat tires, broken chains, and shift adjustments)
  • Fluent in the English language including reading and speaking

Level 1 Course Skills:

  • Neutral Position and Ready Position
  • Bike/Body Separation
  • Braking
  • Shifting

The certification holder must maintain their annual membership dues.

This certification holder must maintain a current basic First Aid / CPR training certification.                      

The Certification is valid for 4 years from the date issued.

An in-person recertification course is required every 4 years.

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