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 packet (printed legibly or typed).
  • Your $125 application fee (acceptable forms of payment: check, money order, purchase order, Mastercard or Visa).
  • The IPMBA Instructor Application Instructor Recommendation Form (included in the packet), completed by the IPMBA Instructor who conducted the course that you attended.
  • A recommendation letter from your department that:
    • Expresses support for your instructor application and attests to your qualifications;
    • Verifies how long you have been on bike duty and the approximate number of hours per week (or month) you work on the bike, and
    • Acknowledges the responsibilities of an IPMBA Instructor, including upholding IPMBA’s training standards, promoting certification, and teaching at least one approved course every 24 months. 
  • Your completed Membership & Certification Application form and applicable fee(s) (if you are not already an active, certified member).  If you have previously paid the $15 certification fee, it is not necessary to include it. 
  • Other documentation (letters, certifications, etc.) that you feel would support your application (optional).
  • Your IPMBA membership dues and certification fee, if applicable.

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
  • 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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