Becoming a Cycle Instructor

Whether you’d like to make delivering Bikeability your full-time job or you just want to pass on some skills at your local school or youth club, undertaking the National Standard Instructor training is the first step to getting involved with delivering Bikeability.

Bikeability training is led by qualified National Standard Instructors who are associated with a registered Bikeability scheme – either their own or their employer’s.

Training at Levels 1 and 2 can be supported by National Standard Assistant Instructors who can teach Level 1 and 2 if supervised on site by a National Standard Instructor. Assistants must also belong to a registered Bikeability scheme.

The process for getting trained as a National Standard Instructor or a National Standard assistant instructor is the same – just follow the step by step guide below.

Step by Step: National Standard for Cycle Training

Step 1 – Select an Instructor Training Organisation

National Standard Instructor training is delivered by a number of recognised Instructor Training Organisations (ITOs). You can find a list of current Instructor Training Organisations here.

Step 2 – Attend the instructor training course

The National Standard Instructor course is a four day course, usually delivered over consecutive days. The cost of the course may vary slightly between ITOs, but is generally around £600.

The National Standard Assistant Instructor course is a two day course. The cost of this course may again vary slightly between ITOs, but is generally around £300.

Step 3 – Completing the training

If you pass the National Standard Instructor course you will be awarded provisional National Standard Instructor status. At this point you are able to start delivering National Standard cycle training and you can register your training scheme with Bikeability. If you fail the four day course your ITO will advise you of your options.

If you pass the National Standard Assistant Instructor course you will be awarded National Standard Assistant Instructor status. You’ll be able to support delivery of Bikeability training at Levels 1 and 2 if you work within a registered Bikeability scheme and are supervised by a National Standard Instructor.

Step 4 – Full instructor status (for National Standard Instructors only)

Within six months of being awarded provisional status, you will need to ensure you receive a post-course assessment from an ITO. This is usually one or two observed sessions (usually teaching in a group), and once you have met the post-course assessment criteria you will progress to full instructor status.