Become an Instructor

Become an Instructor

Become an instructor for the premier public safety cyclist training organization!  

Becoming a certified IPMBA Instructor is basically a three step process:  1) complete an IPMBA Police, EMS, or Security Cyclist Course and obtain IPMBA certification; 2) complete the IPMBA Instructor Application packet, making sure that you include all required materials, and submit it to IPMBA headquarters; and 3) register and attend an IPMBA Instructor Course within one year of acceptance.  You may apply and register for a specific course simultaneously if you wish.

Please review the FAQs carefully, especially "How do I Apply?" before beginning the process.   Download a brochure.  


The IPMBA Instructor Course is a five-day course designed to certify qualified persons as IPMBA Police, EMS, or Security Cyclist Instructors.  It is an intense course that will increase your confidence, reinforce your understanding of the basic principles of public safety cycling, improve your bike-handling skills, and prepare you to communicate that knowledge to others.  Teaching methods include in-class presentations, on-bike drills, and peer and self-critiques.  Students learn how to identify and correct improper technique, assist students in overcoming individual difficulties, and incorporate various methods of instruction into the Police, EMS, and Security Cyclist Courses.  Instructor certification is contingent upon satisfactory results of written and on-bike tests, as well as evaluated presentations.

Although it addresses topics commonly found in other instructor development courses, the IPMBA Instructor Course is unique in that it focuses on developing the skills needed to teach bicycle-specific topics.  You will learn to set up cone courses and conduct the various drills used in the basic IPMBA courses.  You will learn to properly evaluate bike-handling skills and teach them to others.  You will perform each of the on-bike maneuvers outlined in The Complete Guide to Public Safety Cycling and demonstrate the proper method of teaching those skills.  No other training in the country teaches students how to break down basic bicycling skills for instruction.  And no other training focuses on how to teach the techniques pertinent to operating a bicycle in public safety service

  • IPMBA Basic Cyclist Course Theory:  course history and philosophy
  • Responsibilities of an IPMBA Instructor:  administrative (testing & paperwork) and personal (mentoring, safety, & liability) responsibilities of the IPMBA Instructor
  • Instructional Aids and the Classroom Environment:  what they are and how to use them effectively
  • Theories of Instruction and Adult Learning:  what they are and how to apply them
  • The Delivery:  how to make a professional and effective presentation
  • Course Planning and Safety:  prevent injuries, reduce liability, and ensure success through planning
  • Firearms Training for Bike Officers:  bike-specific firearms and other specialized training
  • EMS Scene Safety and Load Placement:  keeping yourself, your patient, and your equipment safe
  • Tour de ITK:  a guided tour through the IPMBA Instructor ToolKit CD-ROM
  • Basic Maintenance & Safety Procedures:  how to teach minor repairs and ensure proper bike fit
  • Teaching Basic Bike-Handling Skills:  how to instill the fundamentals
  • Constructing the Cone Courses:  how to set up cone courses and maximize their usefulness 
  • Teaching Vehicular Cycling:  how to conduct safe road training and testing
  • Diagnosing and Correcting Rider Error:  how to identify errors, demonstrate proper technique, and facilitate student practice and skill mastery
  • Conducting a Night Ride:  lighting, conspicuity, rider safety in low-light environments
  • Conducting a Police/Security/EMS Scenario:  conducting mission-specific scenarios based on real-world situations

 

Download an IPMBA Instructor Course curriculum packet.

Your branch of public safety dictates the type of instructor certification for which you are eligible and which courses you are authorized to teach.

Type of Public Safety Cyclist Type of Instructor Certification Courses Taught
Licensed Law Enforcement Officer PCI Police & Security Cyclist
EMS Provider EMSCI EMS Cyclist
Security Officer SCI Security Cyclist

You must:

  • Pass the IPMBA Police, EMS, or Security Cyclist Course with a written test score of 90% or better.
  • Be able to demonstrate extensive knowledge of the Complete Guide to Public Safety Cycling.
  • Be a current, certified IPMBA member in good standing.
  • Provide proof of licensure or employment as a (state P.O.S.T.-certified or equivalent) law enforcement officer, EMS provider, or security officer.
  • Be an active public safety cyclist on a full- or part-time basis.*
  • Have a minimum of twelve months full-time or 24 months part-time experience on bike duty.

* Any individual who has retired or separated from their department in good standing must provide official documentation of having been an active public safety cyclist for five years part-time, or three years full-time, and must apply for the Instructor Course within 24 months after separation. (Official documentation consists of a letter from the chief, HR, or designee who can attest to time on and departure in good standing.)

Certified instructors are expected to maintain the high standards of instruction and safety demonstrated in the IPMBA Instructor Course.  Instructors are required to:

1) Maintain active membership in IPMBA.

2) Teach a minimum of one Police, EMS or Security Cyclist Course every 24 months and submitting all required coursework to IPMBA in a timely manner.

Review the pre-requisites carefully, complete the application, and submit the following items to IPMBA Headquarters.

  • Your completed IPMBA Instructor Application and Cycling Experience Questionnaire (printed legibly or typed).
  • Letter of Expectations (included in the application packet), signed by you and your supervisor.
  • Letter of Departmental Support (included in the application packet), signed by your supervisor.
  • The IPMBA Instructor Application Recommendation Form (included in the application packet), completed by the IPMBA Instructor who administered the written and practical tests.
    • Required if you did not attend an IPMBA Public Safety Cycling Course
    • Optional but recommended for IPMBA-trained candidates* 
  • Your IPMBA membership dues and certification fee (if you are not already an active, certified member).  
  • Your completed IPMBA Instructor Course Registration Form (printed legibly or typed). 
  • Your course fees
  • Other documentation (letters, certifications, etc.) that you feel would support your application (optional).

*IPMBA highly recommends asking a current IPMBA Instructor to adminster the written and practical tests and complete the recommendation form in order to gauge your level of preparedness for the course.  This will help identify your strengths and weaknesses and enable you to focus your skill practice and study prior to the course.  

Individuals who wish to become IPMBA Instructors but have not completed the IPMBA Police, EMS, or Security Cyclist Course may request that other formal bicycle training (minimum 32-hour for Police/EMS; 24-hour for Security) be substituted for IPMBA Police, EMS or Security Cyclist Certification.

The following courses have been approved in lieu of the IPMBA Course:

Candidates who have attended one of the courses listed below must make arrangements with an active IPMBA Instructor to take the written and practical IPMBA tests.  You must score at least a 90% on the written test and demonstrate above-average proficiency with the on-bike skills.  You must obtain a positive recommendation from the IPMBA Instructor who tests you.  Visit Find an Instructor or contact the IPMBA office to locate an instructor in your area.  

  • An Garda Siochana (Ireland)
  • Columbia County (GA) Sheriffs Office
  • Denver (CO) Police Department
  • Federal Law Enforcement Bicycle Training Program (FLETC)
  • Hampton (VA) Police Department
  • International Bike Patrol Association (IBPA)
  • Ithaca College (NY) Police Department
  • LEBA Class A
  • Metropolitan (DC) Police Department
  • New South Wales Police Services (Australia)
  • Norfolk (VA) Police Department
  • Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy
  • Roanoke (VA) Police Department
  • Rochester (NY) Police Department
  • Sacramento Sheriffs Office (CA) Advanced Patrol Course
  • Saint Paul (MN) Police Department 
  • South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy
  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • University of Central Florida
  • Washington DC Transit Police 
  • Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission

Approved with successful completion of the 16-hour IPMBA Bridge Course:

  • CAN-Bike II
  • COBWEB
  • IAMBU
  • LEBA Class B
  • LEBA Class C

Other courses

If the course you attended does not appear on the above list, you may submit, in addition to the completed IPMBA Instructor Application and required documentation, the following items:

  • a letter of interest detailing your relevant qualifications, training, and experience;
  • a copy of the course outline, lesson plan, and any related handouts from your certification course;
  • a copy of your course certificate or other documentation of successful completion

Your packet will be forwarded to the IPMBA Education Committee for review, and a determination will be made based upon the course content and your experience. 

If your training is approved in lieu of the IPMBA Course, you must make arrangements with an active IPMBA Instructor to take the written and practical IPMBA tests.  You must score at least a 90% on the written test and demonstrate above-average proficiency with the on-bike skills.  You must obtain a positive recommendation from the IPMBA Instructor who tests you.  Visit Find an Instructor or contact the IPMBA office to locate an instructor in your area.   

You will be notified of the status of your request within 30 days.

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IPMBA Instructor Trainers (IT) are experienced IPMBA Instructors who have been approved to teach the IPMBA Instructor Course.  It is at the discretion of the IPMBA Board of Directors to accept IT applications at any given time.  To apply for Instructor Trainer status, an IPMBA Instructor must: 

  • Currently be and have been an active IPMBA Instructor for a minimum of four consecutive years.*
  • Have taught a minimum of 4,000 documented student-hours (the equivalent of teaching the 32-hour course to 125 students) in approved IPMBA courses.    
  • Have taught a minimum of four approved IPMBA courses within the past four years, at least two with co-instructors and serving as lead instructor in at least two classes taught with co-instructors.
  • Have been a lead or co-instructor of a class of 15 or more students.
  • Have taught previously at an IPMBA annual conference (including the pre-conference and/or conference).

*An active instructor must 1) have completed the PCID or the five-day Instructor Course; 2) be a current member of IPMBA; and 3) teach a minimum of one approved course every 24 months.

Download the Instructor-Trainer Application Packet