For the past 15 years many mountain bike instructors in Canada have been taught and certified through the Canadian Mountain Bike Instructor Certification (CMIC). Established in 1995, the CMIC has become the leading mountain bike instructor training and certification program and the first of its kind to be recognized in the mountain bike industry. Since its inception it has taught mountain biking skills to over 4,000 individuals using methods and techniques developed over time by mountain biking professionals.
In 2009, two-time World Masters Downhill Champion and CMIC Master Coach, Shaums March, acquired the CMIC program's intellectual property and copyrights. Since then, March has expanded the course offerings and made them available outside of Canada, thereby establishing the International Mountain Bike Instructor Certification (IMIC). The IMIC builds on the same standardized theories and guidelines to now offer four levels of certification: Ride Leader, Instructor, Coach and Master Coach. To obtain certification an individual will need to meet the requirements of the certification level, successfully complete the class, and pass both a written and practical test. For additional information on the IMIC program please visit www.beimic.com.
Certification dates and locations are as follows:
April 1 – 3 Seattle, Washington
April 18 – 20 Richmond, Virginia
April 29 – May 1 Squamish, British Columbia
June 8 – 10 Brown County State Park, Indiana
June 13 – 15 Snowshoe, West Virginia