Becoming a Cycling Instructor

Trainee Instructors discuss drills at road siteBeing a Cycling Instructor is incredibly rewarding and every day is different. One day you could be teaching 7 year olds how to start and stop safely in a playground environment and the next you could be training an adult to negotiate multi-lane traffic lights and roundabouts on busy main roads. Classroom Preparation and Discussion Our Cycling Instructor Training Course aims to prepare you for these challenges and gives you the chance to meet with other like-minded people and share and learn from one another.

Our four day National Standards Cycling Instructor course is both practical and theoretical with a lot of emphasis on doing backed up by the necessary knowledge. This means that over 60% of the course is hands on experience. This reflects the practical nature of Bikeability training where Level 1 is taught by lots of practical playground drills and Levels 2 and 3 are taught in real traffic situations. The Bikeability outcomes are very specific and trainees will have observed their instructors (you!) perform each drill perfectly, using the right speed, the right gear, the correct road position, the correct looking and signalling if necessary. Instructors must learn to become exemplary cyclists themselves, always following the maxim practise what you preach.

Classroom preparationBikeability is Cycling Proficiency for the 21st Century. There are 3 Levels:

The course splits into two distinct parts, practical and theoretical

Practical topics

  • Trainee Instructors experience teaching bike checks, Level 1Bikeability Levels 1, 2 & 3
  • Teaching practise
  • Session preparation
  • Risk Management
  • Site Assessments
  • Moving trainees on-road between locations

Theoretical topics

  • Background to National Standards
  • Risk Assessment/Dealing with Emergencies
  • Child Protection
  • Session planning
  • Teaching/Assessment skills

Course participants will have an opportunity to plan and deliver some parts of each Bikeability Level, and this is assessed as part of the Instructor Training qualification.
The Level 1 Assessment is carried out on day 1, Level 2 on day 3 and Level 3 on day 4. Day 4 also contains a short written test which includes Child Protection and Risk Management.

As long as attendees meet the required outcomes, they will be awarded provisional National Standard Instructor status at the end of the course.
In order to achieve full Accreditation, provisionally accredited instructors must then set up some training, which will be observed twice by one of our Mentors. The second visit will be a formal Assessment, which will hopefully result in you becoming a Fully Accredited Cycling Instructor.

Trainee Instructors experience starting/stopping drill, Level 2Testimony from new Cycle Training Instructors: 'I thought the course was excellent, well prepared, well delivered and thorough with excellent written resources provided. Thanks very much.'

'The course was professional, encouraging, thorough, friendly and helpful.'

'I am delighted to have 'passed' and on reflection think that I actually enjoyed the assessment day, despite my nerves.'