November saw an EO-MTBInG technical meeting at Bikenomad in Slovenia. Aside from the incredible trails, food and hospitality shown to us by Anej and his family, the three day meeting also saw us make big advances on the project.
As a reminder, since securing Erasmus+ funding from the European commission, the first EO-MTBInG project is called Creating a European Professional Standard for Mountainbike Instructor-Guides (CAPS-MTB).
1. Structure of the scheme: Each national organisation will still deliver their own training scheme. Students who reach the top level, approved by EO-MTBInG, will be entitled to attend an EO-MTBInG examination, held 2 times a year at various locations in Europe. The exam will test practical elements of guiding and instruction based skills as well as a theory exam. The main examination language will be English with other languages available depending on the students attending.
2. Quality assurance, aside from the shared final exam and training content, will also involve reciprocal visits between evaluators from member countries.
3. For countries with no existing scheme, ‘train the trainers’ training courses are underway in early 2017 (Jan-April) – Holland, Poland and maybe Norway. The goal is to have their first generation training schemes being delivered in their countries by the end of 2017 – fast work!
4.Organisations who already have training schemes will also be delivering EO-MTBInG approved courses by the end of 2017 – France, Switzerland, Slovenia for sure and hopefully DIMBS and the ABMG (UK).
4. There is lots of interest from other organisations and from individual instructor-guides in non-member countries. The main challenge within each country will be to organise yourselves to the point where you can join the scheme as part of an organisation.