First Aid Requirements

Due to the inherent risks in Mountain Biking, the NICA Coach Licensing Program has high standards for first aid training. First aid training requirements vary by Coach License Level and then geography

Recognizing the geography and corresponding evacuation times where you will be practicing is the first step in assessing which first aid course is appropriate for yourself and other coaches on your team.  

All first aid and CPR classes must have an in-person component. Fully online classes are not accepted. See requirements below.




Level 1



Level 2

Basic First Aid (4 hr)


Wilderness First Aid (16 hr)*

CPR Required

Level 3

NICA Approved First Aid (8 hr)


Wilderness First Aid (16 hr)*

CPR Required

*WFA is required if teams hold practices beyond 1 hr definitive care. Due to state-wide geography  all Idaho level 2 and level 3 coaches are required to have 16-hour WFA Training.

Acceptable First Aid Courses

  • Basic First Aid - Any first aid class of at least 4 or more hours with a minimum of 90 min in person
  • NICA Approved First Aid (8 hr) - must be taught by a provider on this list - First Aid Provider Directory 
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA) -  Any WFA class of at least 16 or more hours with a minimum of 4 hours in person
  • CPR - Any in person CPR class of at least 60 minutes in person

Find a Course

When seeking a first aid course recognized by NICA, we recommend checking with your league for league organized NICA Approved First Aid (8 hour) or Wilderness First Aid (16 hour) courses.

Substitutions for your NICA First Aid Requirement

Certain professions and associated training often exceed NICA’s first aid requirements. If you have qualifications on this list, just upload the corresponding documentation directly into Pit Zone in place of your first aid certification.

Acceptable Substitutions List

Petitioning for Additional Substitutions

To substitute a training not included in the above list, please use this application form. 

First Aid Substitution Application

Are you a First Aid Course Provider or Instructor?

To become a NICA Approved First Aid (8 hour) Provider or Instructor, please see this Letter to Perspective NICA Approved First Aid Instructors


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