The IMBA Instructor Certification Program offers professional training and certification to those leading group rides or teaching skills clinics. They have been establishing a nationally-recognized standard for mountain bike lessons, while continuing to grow a network of instructors. More instructors means that more new riders have access to a course so that they can enter the sport with the safety and knowledge to have a great time and grow their skills.
IMBA Instructor Trainers are current and former pro racers and coaches in a variety of mountain biking disciplines.
New instructor training opportunities for this year include a Level 2 Recertification course and a revamped Level 3 Certification which includes additional skills (pumping, jumping, and berm cornering).
The IMBA Levels of Certification are as follows:
Level 1: 24-hour course that certifies an individual to guide rides and teach fundamental skills. This course focuses on group and risk management, with an intro into skills instruction.
Level 2: 30-hour course that certifies an individual to teach intermediate mountain biking skills, including body positioning, braking, shifting, climbing, descending, body/bike separation, wheel lifts, and more.
Level 3: 30-hour course that certifies an individual to teach advanced mountain bike skills, including bunny hops, drops, high-speed cornering, pumping, jumping, and more.
Registration is now open for certification courses through April. Registration typically opens about 2 months before the event, and new courses are continually being added to the schedule, so check back often! You can find the course schedule here.