First Aid requirements

First Aid requirements

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To be insured to coach, lead or instruct using British Cycling’s Insurance for Coaches, Leaders and Instructors, you must also hold a valid First Aid certificate, otherwise you may only carry out an assistant role.

We know that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented difficulties for those looking to access training opportunities to renew their certificates, and we have therefore reviewed the way in which we can enable volunteers and the cycling workforce to start and continue to deliver activity whilst maintaining the safety of all those involved.

Read our First Aid FAQs here

Book British Cycling Virtual First Aid Course - £19.99

Book First Aid Essentials - awareness/refresher - £9.99

Coaches, Ride Leaders and Cycle Training Instructors

The minimum requirements for coaches, ride leaders and cycle training instructors are:

  • Your qualification must be delivered face-to-face, or;
  • Virtual First Aid qualifications will be accepted by British Cycling upto 31 August 2021 (when this will be reviewed), but will only be valid for one year from the date of qualification.

Your First Aid training, whether face-to-face, blended or via virtual classroom, must be delivered by an accredited provider and be assessed. It must cover:

  • The role of the First Aider
  • Dealing with an unconscious casualty
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Dealing with the wounded and bleeding
  • Minor injuries (small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters)
  • Choking

Training must include practical, assessed performance (by an instructor) of CPR, the recovery position, stopping bleeding and choking.

Once you have completed your training, you should upload your certificate through ‘My Dashboard > My Courses > Upload Documents’ on the British Cycling website, or send it directly to the dedicated programme email address if applicable.


To remain insured by British Cycling your First Aid certificate will need to be kept in date. Most certificates will remain valid for three years, however, at this time virtual First Aid qualifications will only be accredited for one year by British Cycling.

Refresher training

British Cycling now offers annual First Aid Essentials refresher training to minimise skill fade of key first aid skills. It is advised that all qualification holders refresh via this route annually until re-qualification is required. Refresher training does not provide a re-qualification.


If you have an existing First Aid certificate, are a medical professional or require First Aid through other professions then you will not need to take additional training. You will need to provide evidence to, including pin numbers (i.e. for the General Medical Council/police force) where relevant.

Members of the Armed Forces will need to ensure they have a civilian First Aid qualification.

If you are under 18 or operating in an assistant capacity (i.e. performing your role within line of sight of a qualified First Aider), you do not require an official first aid qualification, but it is recommended you take the online First Aid Essentials course as part of your course training.

Mountain Bike Leaders

Mountain bike leaders must have a current two-day Outdoor First Aid Certificate or equivalent. Three or four-day First Aid at Work certificates are a satisfactory substitute, but it is recommended that the two-day outdoor certificate is undertaken on renewal.

Your chosen two-day Outdoor First Aid course must contain content relevant to managing casualties in an outdoor environment. These align to the requirements in Bands 3 and 4 of the Institute for Outdoor Learning’s first aid guidance.It is suggested that the course includes 16 hours of contact time.

Once you have completed your training, you should upload your certificate through ‘My Dashboard > My Courses > Upload Documents’ on the British Cycling website, or send it directly to the dedicated programme email address if applicable.

Keeping your knowledge in date

We strongly recommend all qualification holders, whether holding an in date or out of date qualification, regularly refresh their knowledge via apps and free online videos. The nature of first aid is that the skills learned on a course are rarely needed, but when they are it can be the difference to a casualty. To avoid ‘skill fade’, below are some recommended routes to keep your knowledge fresh.

First Aid Essentials course

British Red Cross First Aid App & First Aid for Babies and Children

Lifesaver App (from Resuscitation UK)

St Johns Ambulance First Aid for Cyclists App

St Johns Ambulance – first aid Youtube Playlist

GoodSAM App

For any questions related to first aid please email