John D. TickleNATIONAL TRAINING and Leadership CENTER


IMBA Instructor Certification Program Level 1

Dates: 05/17 – 05/19/2017

Goal: Participants will have the opportunity to earn the International Mountain Bicycle Association ICP Level 1 certification.

Costs: $200


This is a 2.5 day International Mountain Bicycling Association course aimed at Scouts and Scouters who will be running or instructing a BSA MTB program. Participants will learn to:

  • Lead group rides in a professional and systematic manor while effectively managing risk
  • Assess the level of each rider in their group through a pre-ride skills assessment
  • 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 ICP instructors at clinics, camps, and events

Course requirements:

  • 18+ only, see below for certification requirements
  • This is a small course that will only run with a minimum of 4 participants and closing out at a maximum of 6.

IMBA ICP Level 1 Pre-requisites:

  • 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

Room & Board

  • Camping in Echo Staff camp provided
  • Warm showers available at staff camp
  • Lunch provided Thursday & Friday



This is a partnership course between BSA and IMBA. After registering with us, we will send you a link to an IMBA website to register for the certification. All payments will be processed through us and we pass on the requisite fees to IMBA. IMBA will then mail you a course manual and pre-test that you need to bring with you to the Summit.


If you are camping, we will provide a tent and cot. You are responsible for the rest of your camping equipment. For the course:

  • Mountain Bikes will be provided for use though you are encouraged to bring your own if you choose.
    • Bike should be something you are already comfortable on and in good working order.
    • You bike should include a quick release seat clamp or bring a tool to quickly lower your seat for certain drills
    • Your own bike should have flat or non-clip style pedals (mandatory), we can provide pedals for your use
  • Helmets will be available for use though you are encouraged to bring your own XC or half-shell style bike helmet.
  • Non-clip type riding shoes. Preferably flat soled bike, skate or running shoes (not hiking boots)
  • Pen, pencil, notebook
  • Hydration pack and snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Raincoat or riding gear for inclement weather (it could be warm or cold), be prepared to be outside everyday
  • Knee/shin and elbow pads are encouraged but not mandatory. We can also provide these.

Contact Information:

  • Registration Cristi Richardson, Senior Registration Coordinator


  • Course Manager Phil Waidner, Wheels Program Manager



Day 1 – Wednesday, 1pm-4pm

  • Theoretical Instruction
    • What makes a quality MTB guide?
    • Guide training
    • Tour routes
    • Equipment
    • Guide pack
    • Food & water
    • Emergency items
    • Before the tour actions
    • Client arrival actions

Day 2 – Thursday, 8:30am-5pm

  • Instruction
    • Run through intro speech, assessment, safety speech and guiding process as example
    • Break down of each element and teaching points
  • Lunch
  • Instruction
    • Students each run through intro and assessment process
    • Students each run through safety speech and guiding

Day 3 – Friday, 8:30am-5pm

  • Instruction
    • Students run through full intro, assessment, safety speech, trail ride and wrap-up – Evaluations
  • Lunch – fill out paperwork
    • Run through participants’ evaluations
  • Level 2 skills Instruction