Levels of Certification

IBFI currently offers four levels of accreditation. A fitter’s eligibility for each level depends on their fitting experience, knowledge and qualifications. The certification levels were devised by IBFI’s independent panel of expert bike fitters and bike fit educators.

IBFI Certification Level 1 serves as the base to demonstrate extensive knowledge and understanding of bike fitting.
• Candidates have access to the support of a level 3 certified mentor to help with their journey to certification.
• Requires a minimum of 300 fits experience
• Proof that bike fitters have the appropriate knowledge and experience to conduct a bike fit independently
• Evidence that an organisation is more qualified than competitors
Level 1 Certification is achieved by accruing a minimum of 120 credits and the experience of 300 fits, which reflect a minimum standard level of education and experience.
IBFI Certification level 2 encourages fitters to continue learning and progressing. Level 2 certification allows fitters to showcase a higher level of skill and expertise, often required by more complex fits.
• Candidates have access to the support of a level 3 certified mentor to help with their journey to certification.
• Proof that fitters have a proven track record of continued professional development
• Evidence that fitters have attended higher-level training courses and have a deeper understanding of more complex fitting issues
• Requires a minimum of 600 fits experience
Level 2 Certification is achieved by accruing a minimum of 240 credits and the experience of 600 fits, which shows a more thorough understanding of bike fitting.
IBFI Certification level 3 is reserved for the best educated and most-experienced fitters.
• Requires a minimum of 1200 fits experience
• Reserved for fitters at the top of their profession, with the highest knowledge base expected of a bike fitter
• Peer reviewed and evidence that a fitter is considered to be one of the best in the world
Level 3 Certification is achieved by accruing a minimum of 480 credits and the experience of 1200 fits, which shows the highest level of understanding and knowledge. Level 3 certified fitters can act as mentors to other candidates to help them through their path to accreditation.

IBFI Certification level 4 is reserved for the best educated and most-experienced fitters.
• Requires a minimum of 2400 fits experience
• Reserved for fitters at the top of their profession, with the highest knowledge base expected of a bike fitter
• Peer reviewed and evidence that a fitter is considered to be one of the best in the world
Level 4 Certification is achieved by accruing a minimum of 960 credits and the experience of 2400 fits, which shows the highest level of understanding and knowledge. Level 4 certified fitters can act as mentors to other candidates to help them through their path to accreditation.

Endorsed

Endorsed by leading bike fitting organisations around the world, the accreditation system sees fitters accrue credits based on their existing skills, qualifications and experiences.

Levels

Depending on how many points they have, fitters will be allocated to one of four certification levels to reflect their education and experience.

Registered

Those that meet the standard will be added to the IBFI find-a-fitter database, which customers will be able to search to find a bike fitter which best suits their needs.

Independent

The certification scheme was developed by an independent panel, made up of some of the world’s leading fitters and cycling industry experts.