Coaching FAQs

Coaching FAQs

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British Cycling's Coaching and Education department have prepared an extensive set of frequently asked questions, which will hopefully guide you through the wide range of options now available for the aspiring coach.

If you have a query which is not outlined below, please contact the coaching team and we will do our best to answer your question directly.

Q: What if there aren’t any course dates or venues that suit me?

A:  Please email with the name of the course that you would like to attend and the region(s) that you could travel to.  You will be added to the register of interest so that you will be notified via email once a course is set up in this area.

Q: Why should I be a member of British Cycling to attend a Coaching course?

A: British Cycling membership (Gold, Silver or Ride) provides coaches, leaders and instructors with Professional Indemnity insurance (to an indemnity limit of £5m) and Public Liability insurance (to an indemnity limit of £10m) so long as they hold either a valid British Cycling Coaching qualification and/or a British Cycling approved Leadership or instruction qualification together with a valid First Aid certificate.

For more information regarding the insurance benefits to coaches, leaders and instructors who are British Cycling members, visit our Legal and Insurance page.

Q: Are the British Cycling Coaching Awards recognised nationally?

A: Yes, our existing programme has been developed in line with the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) and are aligned to the National Occupational Standards for Coaching, Teaching and Instruction.

These standards define the minimum level of knowledge and competence that someone must have to be able to coach others and are linked to the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF). It is our goal to continue to produce courses that are accredited onto the QCF in the future

Q: What first aid qualification do I require?

A: In light of the removal of HSE guidance we have recently reviewed the first aid requirements for coaches. 

The conclusion of the review found that the following elements must be included in the delivery of training leading to the award of an Emergency First Aid Certificate:

  • Dealing with the wounded or bleeding
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Primary survey
  • The role of the first aider
  • Dealing with an unconscious casualty

The above will require coaches to attend a full day's training course (minimum of six hours) including practical work.

We appreciate that during the period of change a small number of coaches may have attended shorter first aid courses. We will continue to insure these coaches for the time being, they will however be expected to meet the minimum requirements the next time they renew.

Preferred first aid providers

In relation to the above we have also identified a number of preferred first aid providers (below) and details of these providers together with the updated requirements will be communicated to the coaching workforce.

  • British Red Cross
  • St John's Ambulance
  • St Andrew's Ambulance

After submitting a copy of your first aid certificate to us, it is your responsibility to ensure that the certificate is kept valid by attending update courses. Your British Cycling coaching licence and insurance is only valid when you are in possession of a current first aid certificate and valid British Cycling membership (Gold, Silver or Ride level).

Q: What do I have to do to keep my qualification valid?

A: Once you have gained your British Cycling Coaching Award, you will need to maintain the following in order to benefit from the insurance package and to retain a valid coaching licence: British Cycling membership (Gold, Silver or Ride level) and a valid First Aid qualification

We encourage all of our qualified coaches to keep their knowledge and skills up to date by attending regular CPD workshops, courses and events. As our course programme develops, attending regular CPD will become a requirement of keeping your coaching qualification valid.