European MTB instructor-guide project moves forward

7 February 2017

European MTB instructor-guide project moves forward

The European MTB guide project moves forward. After a very productive work-group meeting in Finale Ligure (Italy), Slovenia just became the third country to synchronise its MTB instructor-guide training system to the EO-MTBInG European Standard. EO-MTBING is the European Organisation of Mountain Bike Instructor-Guides. The group also worked on the content of the Foundation module of EO-MTBInG Train the Trainer (TtT) course for the project countries without a current training program.Last weekend, this Foundation course took place in Belgium. Poland, the Netherlands and Norway enrolled the process required to start their own EO-MTBInG-approved programmes, which should be operational as early as autumn 2017. During a 4 day program, participating countries reviewed the EO-MTBIng training content, learned how to structure a course, plan the delivery of the course and how to teach trainers. The foundation course resulted in a blueprint for their new national system. The Foundation course will be followed up by additional pedagogical and guiding courses later this year.Background of the projectEO-MTBInG’s main project is the CAPS-MTB (Creating a Professional European Standard in MTB Instructor-Guiding): creating a standard qualification level for MTB instructor-guides across Europe, with the EO-MTBInG European licence. The project is being jointly funded by our partner organisations and the Erasmus+ scheme from the European Commission. The scheme is open to both countries with an existing MTB instructor-guide training program and also countries without an existing program.The EO-MTBInG-approved schemes will still be delivered by existing national training organisations. EO-MTBInG’s role is not to  provide the training directly but to work with member organisations to ensure that their own schemes all reach a common European standard. Students who successfully qualify to their highest national level will then be able to proceed to a final EO-MTBInG examination, held twice a year in Europe, to obtain their EO-MTBInG European licence.Who is involved?The founding project partners are IMBA Europe, Swiss Cycling, the MCF (France), POMBA (Poland), Slovenian Cycling and the NTFU (Netherlands).  Several other national organisations are also in the process of joining the scheme so that it will be delivered in over 10 European countries by 2018.What will the project do?Create a minimum European training and evaluation standard for MTB instructor-guides. The standard has already been agreed and involves 360 hours of taught learning and 200 hours of professional experience. Each member organisation will continue to provide their own training schemes which, at the top level, meet the EO-MTBInG standard. Successful students will then be able to access a final European practical exam. The final practical exam will be organised twice a year (once in spring, once in autumn) at varying locations in Europe.What won’t the project do?The project will not replace existing national training schemes. It’s purpose is to ensure that all these schemes meet the same standards of training and evaluation, regardless of which country a student has trained in.Want to know more about the project? Visit www.eo-mtbing.eu for additional information[[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_responsive”,”fid”:”647″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”style”:”max-width: 528px;”,”width”:”100%”}}]][[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_responsive”,”fid”:”648″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”style”:”max-width: 680px;”,”width”:”100%”}}]]