aMTB Certification Course


  • Bathroom facilities
  • Parking
  • A water source for filling water bottles and hydration packs is needed
  • Skills area must offer shade via trees, covered areas, portable pop-up tents, etc., as students will be spending 8-10 hours outside on bikes each day
  • A covered pavilion with picnic tables is ideal for discussion and worksheet portions of the training

*A covered area or building that can accommodate participants and bikes must be available in the case of inclement weather.


A flat area roughly the size of a basketball court at a minimum (40′ x 80′) that is grass, cement, or dirt – something that provides good traction as riders will be doing lots of circling and turning around in this area. Grass or artificial turf is preferred, with no gravel.


Climbing Skills

  • Small dirt or grass hill with a gradually increasing grade 20-40 ft in length.

Steep Terrain

  • 45 degrees or more, at least 20 feet in length
  • Level 1 – non-technical Blue Trails


  • Approximately 90-degree turn (up to 180 degrees)

Elevated Features

  • Level 1 – 2 x 6 flat board
  • Level 1 – man-made elevated feature 4 inches off the ground (i.e.. Skinny)


In the case of inclement weather, what will be a backup plan for on-bike skills training? Examples are covered pavilions, a large barn, a ballroom-sized activity room, etc. We need approximately 60-80 square feet of a protected area.


The outdoor portion of the training includes a 30-minute lunch break.


Individuals, businesses, land managers, and program directors can all serve as course hosts. The host for a BICP course is the point of contact and our on-the-ground local knowledge source. A host’s duties are minimal but essential to ensure a successful certification event.

Some examples of host duties are:

  • Confirming that the chosen site meets all the BICP requirements.
  • Gaining any permissions needed to use the land and providing permit fee information to the BICP.
  • Pre-event communication with BICP’s Instructor Trainer to confirm details.
  • Receive course handout paperwork and deliver it to the Instructor Trainer (IT) upon his/her arrival.
  • Give the IT a tour of the area that will be used for the certification course.
  • Make sure any facilities that the BICP will be utilizing are unlocked prior to the course start each day.