Length: 1 day (9 hours). The course includes a classroom portion, field practice, skill demonstrations, refining and analysis, instruction strategies, scenario training, proper skill progressions and much more.
Cost: $225 USD. Course prices are for U.S. events only, please contact nicole@icp.bike for a foreign course price quote.

The BICP Level 1 course offers hands-on training to prepare students for leading rides and mountain bike guiding in a group situation along with how to assess, demonstrate and instruct the fundamental skills. In addition to comprehensive training on the fundamental elements of mountain biking, Level 1 participants will create a foundation for future BICP training courses 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:

  • Lead individual or group mountain bike ride in a professional, systematic and safe manner
  • Assess the level of each rider in their group through a pre-ride session
  • Assess and diagnose common errors within each rider’s fundamental skills
  • Prepare and implement action plans in an emergency situation
  • Make responsible choices in picking trail routes for specific groups
  • Assist BICP instructors at clinics, camps, and events

Level 1 Pre-requisites:

  • Provide a copy of current Certification from other recognized organization
  • Current First Aid and CPR certificate
  • Three or more years of mountain biking experience
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Good communication skills with a strong desire to help others have more fun and progress safely
  • Ability to perform basic trailside repairs (flat tires, broken chains, and shifting adjustments)
  • Fluent in the English language including reading and speaking
  • Wilderness First Aid certification strongly recommended

What: Expect a full day of training & testing for “cross-over”  certified instructors. Our one-day training course will test you on your knowledge of the BICP terminology, methodology, and your skills ability and knowledge to teach in accordance with the BICP curriculum and includes our most current materials such as updated key teaching points, static holds, demonstrations, and progressions.

Why: A demand from the community has shown an increase in interest in our sport and the demand for great mountain bike instructors is needed.  Expand your knowledge and learn new tools to become a stronger and more well-rounded instructor.

The Bike Instructor Certification Program is building bridges and community with our new “Cross Over” courses. These courses are offered to members of the mountain bike community that may have certifications from other recognized organizations. We invite you to join the BICP family and take our “Cross Over” courses.

When: Check our current schedule of events or request a course in your area.

How to Prepare: A current Level 1 pre-course packet containing the most current manual will be mailed 6-8 weeks prior to your event.

  1. Read the manual and complete the pre-course documents
  2. Practice your Pre-Ride session and Introductions

Our Expectations: At this stage, we expect to see that as a rider you have mastered the Fundamental Elements and can demonstrate and teach ANY of the Level 1 skills on your first attempt along with proper error detection and correction using positive critique. We will expect that you are comfortable and fluent with all current keywords and teaching points along with proper demonstrations and progressions performed using PLATFORM/FLAT PEDALS.

Ideally, you have been instructing riders, friends, clients, etc. for the past four years or more.  If not, we strongly recommend that you offer some clinics in order to sharpen your abilities in these areas.

You will be tested on the following:

  • Fundamental Elements
  • Skill Description
  • Teaching Points
  • Demonstrations
  • Group Management
  • Observations & Corrections
  • Progressions
  • Communication
  • Leadership & Professional Conduct