Level 1 Certification Fundamental Skills Instructor

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

Cost: R9750 includes the cost of Ride Leader course.  |  R7750 for current certified BICP Ride Leaders. 

NOTE: 2020 curriculum changes requires all participants take the BICP Ride Leader course as a Prerequisite.

The course includes a classroom portion, field practice, and a practical exam.


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. With the solid foundation covered in the Ride Leader course you are ready to focus on developing your skills instruction. The skills portion of this course takes you through 16 different skills.

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 demonstrate an understanding of the material, perform a suitable teaching simulation, and pass a written test.

The Level 1 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

Level 1 Prerequisites:

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

Course topics:

  • Instructor Best Practices
  • Skills Analysis
  • Introduction to Instruction
  • Fundamental Skills

The Ten Fundamental Elements of Mountain Biking:

  • Neutral Position, Ready Position, & Ready State
  • Bike/Body Separation
  • Pedal Position
  • Eye Movement
  • Braking
  • Steering
  • Speed
  • Gearing and Cadence
  • Timing and Coordination
  • Pressure Control

Level 1 Course Skills:

  • Neutral Position and Ready Position
  • Bike/Body Separation
  • Braking
  • Shifting
  • Ratcheting
  • Riding Straight Lines
  • Small Circles and Switchbacks
  • Rock Dodge
  • Climbing Dismount
  • Seated Climb
  • Standing Climb
  • Crouched Climb
  • Restarting on a Climb
  • Descending Dismount
  • Descending for Beginner to Intermediate trails
  • Roll Down

Level 1 Ride Standards

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.

In person re-certification course is required every 4 years.

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