The Inline Certification Program is devoted to the development of professional inline skating instructors so skaters around the world can receive top quality instruction. For 20 years the ICP has provided a consistent educational framework using proven skill building methods.
With the increase in of our international instructor base, and the cultural diversity of participants it had become very obvious that there was a need for more centralized ICP offices. The idea of the ICP as an umbrella program-and going forward interchangeably referred to as ICP International, has encouraged the development of new centralized programming from ICP Asia-Pacific and ICP Europe. This has facilitated the growth and cooperation of new and current certifying bodies and instructors around the world. These efforts to bring together existing associations and professionals encourages the exchange of skating information and instructional techniques between countries which can benefit the world-wide growth and popularity of the sport.
ICP International is the global head-office of ICP certified instructors worldwide, operating through a network of local ICP offices in many countries. ICP International works with sports authorities at both international and national levels to recognize ICP as a standard for inline education. Besides conducting regular certification and instructor improvement/development programs through its network of national offices, ICP International also serves as a central information and resource support base for instructors. ICP International offer services like an online instructor locater, official ICP stationery, apparel, program material, a progressive knowledge base and insurance coverage. ICP International promotes the ICP standard by licensing suitable individuals or organizations to administer the program in their respective countries. (see Articles of Association, Licensing)
More About The Inline Certification Program (ICP)
ICP is a program which trains and certifies inline skaters to be instructors. The program provides a methodology for teaching inline skating to skaters of all levels in through a structured and progressive lesson plan, and with a sound understanding of the technical skills involved. Besides being an education standard, it also provides continual development for certified instructors, opening many opportunities for a career in inline skating.
The goals of ICP International are as follows
- To build a network of inline skating professionals from around the world.
- To integrate and recognize existing national certification programs and associations by the development of an international standard of instruction for the sport of inline skating.
- To become a resource in the exchange and promotion of teaching and business ideas as they relate to the sport of inline skating.
- To develop and coordinate an annual international instructor conference.
A Short History
The International Inline Skating Association (IISA) was formed in 1991 as a non-profit organization to advance inline skating as a recreational activity, competitive sport and prospersous industry. Through the support of major inline manufacturers, retailers and thousands of inline skaters, the IISA developed safety and educational programs, worked to protect and expand access to public skateways, sponsored inline educational programs such as the Inline Certification Program and National Skate Patrol, and sanctioned events and competition. The IISA had been recognized as the premier inline skating organization and has served as an inline skating information clearing house for media, trade and governmental organizations.
Educational Programs of the International Inline Skating Assoication
- Inline Certification Program
- National Skate Patrol
- Gear Up!
The ICP Certification Program attracted international attention and programs were conducted in many countries in Europe and Asia. By 2000, many countries around the world were represented by IISA/ICP Examiners. ICP Country Offices were set up in Germany (1999), Singapore (2000) and Korea (2001). As the program established itself in the region, ICP Regional Offices , Europe in (2000) and Asia Pacific in (2003) and Directors appointed respectively to further the objectives of IISA/ICP International.
In 2001, IISA/ICP Examiners Mr Norbert Demps (Director ICP Europe) and Mr Adam Steer (ICP Advisor and Technical Director) continued work to develop the “Teach 2 Teach” Level 3 program. The program became the benchmark for International Examiners. In 2002, IISA/ICP Examiners from North America, Europe and Asia completed their International Certifications and were accorded the status of International Examiners. By then, the International ICP community had organized its own activities like Big Skate Europe and ICP programs across the continents.
At the end of 2003, all IISA educational programs and skating initiatives were outsourced to directorships around the world. The individual offices are a cohesive international platform for the support and promotion of the interests of inline skating instructors, inline skate volunteers and inline skating enthusiasts worldwide. International Examiners from Germany, Singapore, Korea, US and Canada met to discuss the needs and growth of ICP Program in countries around the globe and envisioned an organization, ICP International to meet the challenges of making ICP truly international. Work on the new organization begun immediately and efforts were made to formalize ICP International. This took place in November 2003 in Singapore and initiated by ICP Director, Ms. Kristine Fondran, ICP Director (Europe) Mr Norbert Demps and ICP Director (Asia Pacific) Mr Felix Yeo.
IISA Commissions ICP International to Continue Programming Outside of North America.
In December 2004, prior to disbanding, the IISA commissioned it’s Inline Certification Program to ICP International. This was in recognition of the efforts and work of Ms. Kristine Fondran, Mr. Norbert Demps, Mr Felix Yeo, Mr. Edmund Vong and Mr Moon Ji Wook who were instrumental in promoting the program in their own countries and regions. First USA FIT then the United Skates School Group took over certification in the US and Canada. At this time the Skate Instructor Association (Skate-IA) is handling instructor certification in North America.