Courses and Credits
IBFI Certification points can be accrued by attending a wide range of courses, seminars and conferences, as well as having certain levels of experience.
A BALANCED SYSTEM
Credits are available from five different areas: Course, Conferences, Degrees, Technology and RPL/CPD.
To ensure our certified fitters are well-trained and well-rounded professionals, we encourage them to accrue credits from as many different areas as possible. To shield against fitters achieving certification by focusing entirely on one area, there is a maximum percentage of credits available from each.
This pie chart shows an example of how a fitter’s credits might be accrued. When applying for any level of certification, only a fixed percentage of the total required credits can come from the each area.
We have a network of Regional Representatives who are there to help you understand the certification process and identify training opportunities that might help you achieve a higher level of certification.
COURSES (Max 75%)
All courses carry the same weighting, with 20 credits per day available for entry-level courses and 40 credits per day for more advanced courses that require some prior learning.
All courses from the following providers are recognised:
NJD Sports Injury
Specialized Body Geometry
Trek Precision Fit
CONFERENCES AND SYMPOSIA (Max 50%)
Credits are available for the following the conferences and symposia, with 10 credits available per day for attending and 40 credits for presenting/speaking.
o ICS (International CycleFit Symposium)
o Medicine of Cycling Conference
o ISCO (International School of Cycling Optimisation)
o WCCS (World Congress of Cycling Science)
o AEBC Conference (Asociación Española de Biomecánica del Ciclismo)
ACADEMIC AND MEDICAL DEGREES (Max 50%)
Credits are available for relevant undergraduate and postgraduate study in areas like Sport Science, Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Chiropractic/Osteopathic/Medical degrees.
Credits are offered at the following levels:
o BS/BSc/Undergraduate – up to 160 credits
o Masters degree – up to 320 credits
o PhD/Doctorate – up to 640 credits
Academic credits are applied on a 1:1 basis alongside any credits accrued from bike fitting courses and conferences/symposia. For example, a degree will be worth up to 160 credits but if a candidate has only accrued 40 credits from the options listed above, they may only access 40 credits of those available for their degree. Accruing further credits from bike fitting courses and conferences/symposia will release more credits from their degree up to the maximum listed above.
BIKE FIT TECHNOLOGY (Max 40%)
Bike fit technologies have been split into four tiers, with different credits available for each.
Tier 1 – 10 credits per item, up to 40 max:
o Bike fitting video app (phone or tablet)*
o Laser level
o Wattage-based turbo trainer
o Range of test saddles
Tier 2 – 30 credits per item
o 2D video, side-view, single camera*
o Saddle pressure mapping**
o Foot scanner
o Wheel riser to recreate climbing/incline
o Range of multiple types of insole
o Adjustable fit bike
Credits for the higher-level technologies listed below are only accessible alongside training related to that specific technology.
Tier 3 – 60 credits per item:
o 2D video, mutliple cameras, synchronised*
o Single-sided 3D motion capture system*
o Saddle and foot pressure mapping**
o EMG shorts***
Tier 4 – 90 credits per item
o Double-sided, synchronised 3D motion capture system*
o Saddle, foot and handlebar pressure mapping**
o Aero testing (track or wind tunnel)
o Full EMG system***
o Directional force pedals (at least 2D)
In instances where fitters use multiple similar systems, credits will only be issued for the highest ranked item of that type. Technologies that are considered similar will carry the same number of asterisks (ie *, **, or ***). For example, it is not possible to claim credits for both a single 2D video camera and multiple 2D video cameras, in this case credits will only be issued for the multiple 2D cameras.
RPL/CPD (Max 25%)
Credits are also available for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Continued Professional Development (CPD), including the following experiences and activities:
o Recognised Prior Learning / Continued Professional Development (10 credits per day for relevant courses on sports massage, mechanicing, biomechanics etc)**
o Having academic research published in a peer reviewed journal (40 credits)
** limited to a total of 200 credits across all courses taken