International Cultural Module
With the principles of group management, risk evaluation and preparation similar (and transferable) across all countries, the Cultural Module looks specifically at those areas that do require local knowledge:
- legal factors - roles and responsibilities in that country; limitations that may apply
- navigation and rights of access
- weather and local effects, as well as local and CTC (previously OTC) qualification specifications of limits
- emergency procedures - how the emergency response services operate and what is expected of you
- communication, the essentials of language and operation
CTC (previously OTC) has staff based within Europe on a permenant basis, as well as staff with extensive experience of other world regions, hence having an indepth knowledge of many regions in order to create a range of country specific Cultural Modules.
Courses are provided throughout Europe during the season, both for the general mountain bike public (open courses) and for companies and organisations (special courses). Where you attend a course based in Europe, it is specific to the country of provision. Moving to a different state means gaining the knowledge provided through a cultural module for that state.
The Cultural Module in itself does not progress you towards additional training or qualifications, other than those already applicable to the level of CTC Leader Award held.
Prior to attending you will have:
- completed any CTC (previously OTC) Leader qualification
- provide a logbook of personal rides (12 different routes, 3 geologically different areas) in the applicable country
- A valid and appropriate First Aid certificate (or obtain one shortly after your course).
You should also:
- Have gained the capacity to communicate to a sufficient degree in the local language, or a widely used alternative
- Have used and understood the local maps
The Cultural Module is equaly applicable to Trail Leaders as to Advanced Leaders: as long as you are an CTC qualified Leader, you may attend.