FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Part of the beauty of the BICP is it brings together many people from all over the world and can be taken nearly anywhere. Having a shared space to connect, answer questions, and foster better understanding, is why we’re here.  Below you can find some of our frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for, email us (link: info@icp.bike) and we’ll do our best to help you out.

General BICP Questions

All certifications, from the previous courses, will be tracked and honored by the BICP.  Certifications, renewals, and expiration dates will not change.

A of January 1, 2018, the BICP is no longer a part of IMBA and operates as its own non-profit business. Your membership dues help to continue to grow our program and community.

You can still be a member of IMBA; just note that your BICP certificate & membership are separate.

The Bike Instructor Certification Program (BICP) will continue as a stand-alone certification. The BICP Certification is preferred by IMBA, USA Cycling, and NICA. The certification standard will remain and grow at the highest level.

Yes, BICP will continue to offer the BICP Level 1,2, and 3 courses globally along with our new Ride Leader Certification, some specialty certifications and non-certification training in the future. We are working hard to build a new and exciting curriculum that reflects the growth of our sport and serves our instructor and community needs. The BICP will continue to develop and lead the industry in a new cutting-edge curriculum.

BICP wants our instructors to have the knowledge and confidence to lead effective and safe training programs. Anyone who has a current or lapsed certification are eligible to re-certify.

Your certification is valid for 4 years, with a current *membership status. On the 5th year, you will be required to take a one-day, in-person, re-certification course to keep your certification current.  This is important because we are always employing the most current techniques in the industry and updating the curriculum to reflect that.

Re-certifications are offered for all levels. If you do not see a course nearest to you, you can take any scheduled class or request to have a course near you: https://icp.bike/request-a-course/.

*After your first year, your membership dues are $65/year.

We have renewed our partnership with Experticity (now called Expert Voice), and the BICP is working to bring on new partners for more benefits to our instructors and students.

Your credentials remain intact; the only things that have changed are the name and striving to bring more value to you:

BICP wants to find ways to build our inclusive and ever-growing community. Please stay in touch with the BICP for courses near you, sign up for your newsletters, and interact with our community on Social Media.

Use the following tags to interact:  #BICP #fiveten #moreskillsmorefun #mtb #getcertified #getrad #foxmtb #level1 #level2 #level3 or mention us! @icp.bike, etc.

Registration For Courses

Please review the first Site requirements first, then click Request a Course here to submit your request. We are always open to new locations wanting to HOST a course!

We offer many classes outside of the US! Please click https://icp.bike/request-a-course/ and review steps to host and site requirements.

The “teach” portion is a critical component to your certification so it must be done in person. If you’re unable to find a course in your area, you can *host a class  to get one scheduled.

If you are currently certified with BICP, we plan to offer Continuing Education (CE) online to supplement your learning and are working on coaching symposiums that members can attend. Check back to our website and social media for updates on these developments!

After you sign up, our program manager will send out your course materials via USPS. A schedule will also be contained within an email that will be sent just prior to your class date. You are responsible to read the book and complete a homework assignment prior to class.

The first day of class is an evening of classroom instruction.  We review the homework, and, most importantly, get acquainted and cover many scenarios you may encounter.

Your next day(s) – 1-3 days depending on the course you are taking – are the practical skills sessions. The instructor trainer will review the materials and having students practice executing the skills and presentation. The final day is test day.  You will be responsible to present the skills as you would to your students; ride guides and level 1 students will also lead a ride as part of their test.  Level 2 and 3 students will likely have a written test along with their skills test.

Following the successful completion of your course, you will receive a certificate, your BICP ID, Expert Voice sign-up codes, and other goodies/discounts.

Please refer to this link, and, definitely reach out to our program manager (nicole@icp.bike) to keep us updated.

Yes, please do your part and stay current with your membership dues. If you have failed to keep up with your dues, please log-in to your account on http://icp.bike and pay the current years’ dues*.

*membership dues are $65/year

 

Your course fee covers the cost of your first year of membership ($65 value), your coursebook and teaching materials, pro-deals, newsletters, the latest training tools, the new Guide & Instructor Directory, and more. Soon it will also encompass continuing education that will are currently developing online, so visit icp.bike often and stay up-to-date on new features!

Website

Contact us at info@icp.bike and we will get your password reset. We may also ask questions regarding how you’re accessing the website (mobile/web, which browser) when was the last time you updated your browser/operating system, etc.

 

Logistics

The first day is an orientation that is hosted in a classroom and whose location may differ from the practical skills site (mentioned below) and lasts from 5pm – 8:30pm.

Typically the practical skills sessions start around 8:00 am and last until approximately 5pm. Your instructor will cover any changes in time and/or location during the orientation.

 

  • Bring all gear you typically ride with (pack, pads, etc)
  • Food, or , money for food
  • Hydration
  • Sunscreen, bug spray (or any other sundry that will help you be more comfortable at the skills site)
  • Helmet* (*Depending on the location, you may have explicit instructions to bring a full-face helmet/pads, for example: skills session in a lift- assisted bike park)
  • A bike in good working condition,
  • Any repair items ‘just in case’.
  • Pen/writing utensils
  • Your course book
  • An openness to learning!

Prior to class, we will send out information about lodging, food, and bike shops near the skills course. You may contact the bike shop or other shops for renting demo bikes.

Your class host, who will be mentioned on the email prior to class and identified on the BICP event on our website, can also be contacted with any additional questions. We’re happy to help!

Yes – barring natural disasters (hurricanes, tornados, fires, blizzards), the classes will still be held. We have Plan B’s in place to conduct the courses for optimum safety.

The BICP values safety first, and, being a coach or guide, we need to be familiar with performing the skills with flats.  We encourage all beginner riders (those clients you will be coaching and guiding in your classes and businesses) to start with flats as they allow greater freedom to move and, more importantly, they learn the techniques and fine-tuning that is key to progression.  SPDs/Clipless certainly have their place in mountain biking; building a proper skills foundation without them have a lasting, more profound effect in our experience.

General Questions

The BICP is accredited by IMBA and many other organizations, and for the quality of our certification standard to remain and grow at the highest level all participants must start with a Level 1 certification.

  • If a participant should fail the Level 1 certification course – the participant must redo the course (sign up and pay for a new class).
  • If a participant should fail the Level 2 skills portion of the course – the participant can apply (free) to retest the skills up to 3 months after the course by video submission or testing with qualified Instructor Trainer (IT)
  • If a participant should fail the Level 3 skills portion of the course, the participant can apply (free) to retest the skills up to 6 months after the course by video submission or testing with qualified IT.

Once you have completed your certification you will be issued a diploma and ID card with your current certification status and date of course. Please list your qualifications as according to your level of certification: “Ride Leader”, “Level 1 Ride Guide & Fundamental Skills Instructor”, “Level 2 Intermediate Skills Instructor”, “Level 3 Advanced Skills Instructor”.

If you are on Linked In, you can add this to your profile using these steps:

  • After logging into your linked in account, go to “edit my profile” by clicking on the pencil icon in the upper right corner of the profile
  • You can either click on that to make changes,  scroll down to the certification section towards the bottom and click the pencil icon there, OR;
  • Click on the “Add profile section” blue box
  • Go to Accomplishments/ Certifications – click on the Add button (+) and you’ll see the Edit Certification box appear.
  • Select “Bike Instructor Certification Program (Formerly IMBA ICP)” in the ‘certification authority’ drop down.
  • You’ll note that we don’t have a license number or link for the cert but you can insert the BICP website instead.
  • Click Save!

Yes, please do your part and stay current with your membership dues. If you have failed to keep up with your dues, please log-in to your account on http://icp.bike and pay the current years’ dues*.

*membership dues are $65/year

BICP wants to find ways to build our inclusive and ever-growing community. Please stay in touch with the BICP for courses near you, sign up for your newsletters, and interact with our community on Social Media.

Use the following tags to interact:  #BICP #fiveten #moreskillsmorefun #mtb #getcertified #getrad #foxmtb #level1 #level2 #level3 or mention us! @icp.bike, etc.

Share your photos, your accomplishments, your questions, and your events!

Your yearly membership dues ($65/year) directly supports BICP. They pay for the administration of the non-profit, permit fees, new course materials development, website and resource improvements, sending instructor trainers to coach classes abroad, printing of workbooks, and more.

Starting November 2018, you will be signed up for automatic billing of dues when you sign up for a certification or re-cert. These payments will stop if you choose not to renew or by request at info@icp.bike.

We recommend watching our videos, reviewing your course materials, and signing up for refresher courses or the skills prep classes we offer.

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