TWTMoto (official BMW Motorrad partner worldwide) and BMW Motorrad Philippines conducted an 11-day International Instructor Academy (IIA) Certification Program at the Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus, Cavite, last April 30 to May 10. A team of four, including three top German riding instructors and a specialized Austrian Trauma Surgeon, flew to the Philippines to train select BMW Philippines dealer sales consultants, external partners, as well other representatives from across the Asian region to become certified riding instructors.
The IIA course certification, controlled by BMW Motorrad, teaches aspiring instructors how to conduct motorcycle rider trainings according to the BMW Motorrad syllabus—brand behavior, technical tasks, and First Aid. This is a common standard of motorcycle trainings and implemented worldwide which enable instructors to perform safe and customer-satisfying motorcycle training.
This Instructor Certification project for BMW Motorrad started to develop after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned in his speech during the 24th National Motorcycle Convention held in Legazpi City, Albay on how we should be highlighting Rider Safety at all times. BMW Motorrad Philippines took it to heart to become its advocacy.
During the visit of BMW Motorrad Global President, Dr. Marcus Schramm, and Global Sales and Marketing Head, Mr. Timo Resch, BMW Motorrad Philippines requested for an Instructor Certification to be conducted in the Philippines or in a neighbor country. IIA Certification has only been conducted in Europe and this is the first time that the IIA was conducted in Asia.
The 11-day training program was conducted by the highest level of IIA BMW Motorrad certified instructors: Tom Weinmayr, Michael Eberwein and Gerdy Seitz. This comprehensive program is focused on demo training, on-road and off-road riding skills, as well as First Aid, BMW brand behaviour, brand values, and technical riding physics. Aside from the riding skills, instructor aspirants were also taught First Aid execution by Dr. Benedikt Moser so that they will be able to perform emergency treatment in case of accidents.
After the 11-day event, seven Filipinos became certified instructors, namely, Jacob Orbe, Alvin Dee, Alex Roleda, Albert Matias, Toto Villanueva, Samuel Gonzaga, and Jethro Castro. A number of international participants from Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Singapore also passed the IIA Program.
Subsequent to the certification training, BMW Motorrad Philippines will work with its local IIA certified professional partners into delivering monthly trainings around the Philippines to strengthen the riding experience of BMW customers and providing a solid platform in training further their on-road and off-road riding skills.