The International Kiteboarding Organization is the largest kiter certification organization in the world. Every year, over 40,000 new kiters are certified, over 850 Instructors and Assistants become qualified and dozens of schools from all over the world are affiliated as IKO Centers.
The IKO Assistant Membership opens up work opportunities in more than 330 IKO Centers spread over 60 countries and lets you showcase your experience, helping you find your dream gig on our exclusive jobs search platform.
Benefits of being an IKO Assistant
Get Work: Access work opportunities in more than 330 IKO Centers worldwide and showcase your experience on our job search platform.
Be Professional: Achieve the highest level of competency as a pro with IKO, the most acknowledged and established kiteboarding certification organization in the world.
Learn: Access educational content and sharpen your skills with IKO’s latest teaching methodology.
Network: Be part of the biggest (and still growing) community of kiteboarding professionals and enthusiasts from all corners of the world.
Get Deals: Get steep discounts on kite gear from your favorite brands.
Be Specialized: Distinguish yourself from other Assistants by taking eCourses in the specialty of your choice.
Grow: Advance your career with the leveling system and get access to training opportunities.
Covers you in the event of death, disability or rescue
Assistant manual updates
From discovery to advanced
60+ minutes of tutorial videos
Make a job request and find a job worldwide
Get steep discounts on new gear
Purchase IKO products and improve your branding
How can I renew my membership?
ACCESS YOUR IKO ACCOUNT
Log in to your account on the IKO website and click on the orange “Renew/Upgrade” button on the homepage of your profile. If you get an error message when renewing your membership, check the FAQs below.
CHOOSE YOUR MEMBERSHIP PLAN
Choose your membership according to your needs and follow the procedure to pay via Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. Set up automatic renewal to have your membership renew automatically every year.
ENJOY YOUR IKO MEMBERSHIP
As soon as the payment is received, you can check that your expiry date has been extended by 1 year and that your status is set to “Active”. You are now good to go again!
Log in to your account on the IKO website to find your expiry date on the homepage of your profile. Renew before your expiry date to avoid losing your licence to teach and all the benefits of being an IKO Assistant/Instructor.
Which payment methods can I use to renew?
You can pay with a credit card, bank transfer, or PayPal.
How can I set up an automatic renewal?
Next time that you renew your membership, choose “Automatic renewal with Paypal”. This will enable a recurring payment every year on your expiry date. Make sure that your Paypal account has funds.
What happens if my membership expires?
From the day that your membership expires, you are no longer recognized as an IKO Instructor which means that you lose your license to teach and all the benefits associated with being a member of IKO including insurance coverage..
Why do I have to pay late fees?
If you leave your membership expired for more than 2 months, you will have to pay late fees of $40 USD on top of your membership. Late fees encourage members to renew on time and cover additional administrative work involved in late renewals. The late fee will extend your membership by one year after the payment date where as the regular membership renewal extends your membership by one year after the current expiry date.
What happens if I renew after 9 months of being expired?
If you leave your membership expired for more than 9 months, you will have to pass an online exam corresponding to your certification level with a score higher than 70% to be able to renew. Late fees will apply on top of the membership renewal.
What happens if I want to renew after 2 years of being expired?
If you leave your membership expired for more than 2 years, you will have to attend an Instructor Equivalency Course (IEC) to be reactivated. The IEC is a 3 day course designed to bring you up-to-date with the new techniques and teaching methodology developed at IKO in the last 2 years.