The CAPS-MTB project (Creating a Professional European Standard in MTB Instructor-Guiding) was officialy launched in January 2017 and will run until the end of 2018. Aim of the project is to 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. To ensure continuous development of the profession and to manage the project on the long term, a new organisation named EO-MTBInG (European Organisation of Mountain Bike Instructor-Guides) has been established
About the project
The founding project partners were IMBA Europe, Swiss Cycling, and the MCF (France). In 2016 they were joined by POMBA (Poland), Slovenian Cycling and the NTFU (Netherlands). In early 2017 the project grew again when it was also joined by Skiskolenes Bransjeforbund (SBF, Norway) and the Association of British Mountain Bike Guides (ABMG). At present this leaves 7 national organisations with several other organisations also interested in the process of joining the scheme so that continued growth is assured in late 2017 and 2018.
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. 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.
Agenda November meeting
During the November meeting, the following topics will be covered
- Project update including progress report, financial update (including time and expenses reporting protocol), recent changes, potential new members.
- Establishing professional association of MTB guides in countries – why and how?
- Integration of MTB qualifications into national qualification frameworks and legal structure.
- Developing the structural and financial organisation of EO-MTBing in the short and medium term
- workgroup meetings for developing a standard EO-MTBing skills 'manual'
More info? Please visit http://eo-mtbing.eu/