MIAS MTB LEADER EXAMS
WHAT IS THIS COURSE
This is for people who would like to come away for a shorter period of time (3 days per level) to gain a mountain bike leader qualification. This option is available for levels 1, 2 and 3 (see lover down the page for more details). You should already be a competent and experienced rider in the appropriate terrain for the level of qualification that you are taking. The course consists of both training and assessment but there will not be much time to to increase performance so it is recommended to make sure that you are well prepared for the level you are taking. Logged experience must be recorded in between the levels and also an up to date outdoor first aid qualification must be held for your qualification to be valid.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- 3 full days of MIAS training and assessment 9 - 6
- MIAS membership fees for 1 year
- Possibility to bolt of an Outdoor First Aid course if you don't already have this up to date (this is a requirement for a valid qualification)
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Equipment (extensive list can be found further down this page)
- Lift Passes
* We are happy to help or advise on the above if needed.
UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
- The possibility to gain a qualification in the shortest amount of time
- The opportunity to do your MIAS course in some of the worlds top mountain bike destinations.
WHO IS IT FOR
MIAS courses are used by a wide range of people from different backgrounds who have varying goals but all share a passion for mountain biking . Below is a list of common reasons why people take MIAS assessments:
- People really wanting to up level their mountain biking in a group environment.
- People wanting to start a new career as a mountain bike leader/guide/coach.
- People looking for a part time hobby job where they can share their passion with others.
- Outdoor professionals from other sports who would like to expand their repertoire and products that they can offer to clients.
- Parents who would like to learn how to introduce mountain biking safely to their children so that they can enjoy the sport as a family.
- Mountain bikers who would like to improve their skills, knowledge and safety practices.
- Teachers, scout leaders and youth workers who would like a recognised qualification to lead groups.
- Riders who would like a new challenge/goal to help motivate their progression within the sport.
- May 2023 19th to 21st - MIAS level 1/2 (Chamonix, France)
- August 2023 23rd - 25th - MIAS level 1/2 (Les 2 Alpes, France)
- August 2023 28th - 30th - MIAS level 3 (Les 2 Alpes, France)
- Nov 2023 10th - 12th - MIAS level 1/2 (Finale Ligure, Italy)
If this option is not suitable for you then how about looking at our longer course options.
Or we can tailor make something to fit you/your groups needs... just get in touch and we can discuss options.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED ?
- A well serviced mountain bike suitable for the terrain (level 3 candidates should be on a modern all mountain/enduro bike with a dropper post)
- A vehicle to get to different riding locations in the area (not essential as we can van share etc between trainer and candidates)
- Pads suitable for a long day out with climbing (e.g enduro style knee and elbow protection). This comes down to personal preference.
- Eye protection (for all conditions)
- Appropriate clothing for all weather conditions
- Backpack, 20l to 25l is ideal for a guide
- Water carrier
- First aid kit
- Tool kit to facilitate all trail side repairs
- Map of the area
- Compass (Silva Expedition)
- GPS (essential for Level 3 candidates). Either smartphone with relevant apps or Garmin etc.
- Portable battery charger for phone and GPS.
- Altimeter (level 3 candidates, usually a function on an outdoor watch)
- Group shelter 4 - 6 person (Level 3 candidates)
- Some basic spare parts for your bike e.g inner tube, rear derallieur hanger, break pads.
- Head torch and rear light
Bike choice is a very personal thing and not an easy task with so many options available on the market. Ride Camps work closely with Commencal bikes and can recommend the META as a great option to take you through all levels of instructor qualifications. We would be happy to advise if you have any questions or needs for the above equipment list recommendations.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MIAS
MIAS (Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme) is a UK based mountain bike instructor qualification scheme that has been around for over 30 years. It was started in 1989 and has now qualified over 20,000 instructors who work all over the world. There are now 4 levels of mountain bike leader/instructor qualification, each progressively qualifying you to teach & lead to a higher level. Ride Camps have been a MIAS provider since 2017 and offer the 3 levels of MIAS awards. The higher level 4 MTB Guide award is provided by the ABMG (Association of mountain bike guides).
MIAS is a British qualification pathway and all levels qualify you to lead and instruct, within the qualification remit, in the UK. The MIAS qualification is also used internationally but you must check with each country what level of qualification is required to legally work. Sometimes this can even vary between departments in countries and it can change from year to year. Please check with your local government about any specific requirements for your region. For example, in France you must, by law, hold a Carte Professionnelle to practice which needs to be applied for to the ministry of sport. To be considered you would need the highest qualifications, good professional experience and language skills etc.
THE 3 LEVELS OF MOUNTAIN BIKE QUALIFICATION
MIAS Level 1 (non-technical terrain)
This qualification is aimed at those who wish to lead groups of beginners in non-technical terrain (forest tracks, canal towpaths etc).
Basic Skills - allowing access into low-level terrain, with little potential hazards. i.e. country parks, canal towpaths, bridleways and cycle paths in non-wilderness areas where help is almost immediately accessible.
Successful candidates will need to have a current 2 day First Aid Certificate before they can be awarded their qualification.
MIAS Level 2 (Technical Terrain)
This qualification is aimed at those who wish to lead groups of beginners in non technical terrain and intermediate riders in technical (singletrack, rocky, demanding terrain). For low level rides on bridleways and wilderness areas.
Intermediate Skills - allowing access into wild country, with the potential hazards that surround such terrain, so good map reading skills will be needed to achieve this qualification.
Successful candidates will need to have a current 2 day First Aid Certificate before they can receive their qualification.
MIAS level 1 & 2 courses run at the same time and your performance within the syllabus will determine whether you are awarded the level 1 or the level 2 qualification at the end of the course.
MIAS Level 3 (Mountainous Terrain)
This is a qualification for those wishing to lead advanced riders in areas defined as mountainous by mountain training UK. You will already need to be a MIAS level 2 or equivalent and show evidence through your log book that you ride regularly in mountainous terrain. You must be proficient with advanced map reading and use of GPS. You will be able to guide groups beyond 30 mins of cycling assistance. You will require advanced riding techniques to ride unpredictable mountainous terrain with drops up to 1 metre and a high level of group management.
AALS may require you to hold additional qualifications to work in this terrain (e.g. ML or equivalent qualifications, approved prior learning). Includes Red and Black bike park trails. You will be assessed within the same syllabus as lower levels but all areas need to be performed to a higher level and on more difficult terrain.
Training and assessment syllabus
Below is an outline of all the topics that you will learn about and be assessed on whilst on MIAS courses and assessments;
Access & conservation
The qualifications have national accreditation with The Association of British Cycle Coaches (A.B.C.C.), Cyclist’s Touring Club (C.T.C.) and is recognised by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) and the Association of British mountain Bike Guides (ABMG).
Detailed assessment criteria for the MIAS levels can be found here
Additional First Aid Qualification (necessary if you don't have one)
A First Aid qualification is a necessity before you can be awarded with your MIAS qualifications. We have a First Aid provider (Tip Top Ski Coaching) that we use and we try to schedule it so that you can take this either directly before or after certain MIAS assessments.
You have completed the MIAS pathway and would like to go further...
Once you have completed your MIAS/British Cycling or MBCUK level 1, 2 and 3 you can apply to join the ABMG (Association of British Mountain Bike Guides) and start working towards the ABMG Level 4 and EO mtbing guide qualification.
ABMG AND THE EO-MTBING GUIDE QUALIFICATION
ABMG members are an association of Mountain Bike Guides who work nationally and internationally; they lead, instruct, coach, and guide with professional knowledge and skill.They are collectively, highly qualified riders from world class mountain biking, International Mountain Bike Guides, Adventure Activities specialists and skilled Coaches.
They meet at workshops and hold regular meetings to provide and maintain the high quality of the scheme and respond to the ever changing demands of mountain bikers in the UK and Overseas
The Association of British Mountainbike Guides ABMG is the national association that:
- Trains and assesses mountain bike guides in all aspects of leading, guiding, instructing and coaching mountain bike activities.
- In partnership with EO-MTBing the European Organisation of Mountain Bike Instructor-Guides, ABMG offers professional standards for services offered by their members.
- Promotes safety, enjoyment, and current good practice in mountain bike activities worldwide.
ABMG is an Executive Member of, EO-MTBing the European Organisation of Mountain Bike Instructor-Guides, which is the body that coordinates the standard qualification level of its ten national mountain bike guide associations. A British Mountain Bike Guide is an EO-MTBing Guide, which means an internationally qualified guide with the knowledge and skills to guide worldwide.
For a link to the ABMG website please click here