Assistant Instructor upgrade course

Assistant Instructor upgrade course

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British Cycling’s National Standard Assistant Instructor Upgrade course has been accredited by the Department for Transport (DfT) and is supported by high quality resources and delivery materials developed by British Cycling, ensuring candidates receive value for money and a professional training package.

Building on your current assistant instructor skills, the upgrade course is mainly practical, delivered outdoors in the Bikeability training environments, ensuring learners are prepared to start work as fully qualified instructors at the end of the course.

Course bookings

Course dates coming soon – If you would like to be added to our waiting list please send your name, contact details and postcode to

Private course bookings

In addition to public courses, British Cycling also regularly delivers private courses to Local Authority groups or School Games Host Organisers across England.

If you are interested in hosting a course, please contact the Cycle Training Team.

Course details

The course costs £295 per person and includes:

  • Two-day training from expert tutors.
  • Cycle Training Resources to support your delivery, including workbooks that can be used in the training environment.
  • British Cycling Ride Membership for one year, which includes insurance cover.
  • Instructor Training Organisation (ITO) membership for one year.
  • Quarterly ITO newsletter which includes industry updates.
  • Lunch and refreshments throughout the course.
  • Registration with the Department for Transport (DfT).

Course pre-requisites

  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • You are a regular road cyclist, who is confident riding in traffic.
  • You must bring a helmet, suitable clothing and a roadworthy bike to each day of the course.

Course content

The assistant instructor upgrade course prepares you to deliver Bikeability Level 1 to 3 courses to either adults or young people.

By the end of the course, you will have improved your own personal riding skills, learnt how to teach groups and individuals, how to provide a safe training area and how to assess when your trainees have achieved their outcomes. Following successful completing of the four day course, you will be awarded Provisional National Standard Instructor status by the Department of Transport (DfT).

The upgrade course builds upon what is delivered in the National Standard Assistant Instructor Course and in addition includes:

  • Theory of Level 3 Bikeability.
  • Planning and leading Bikeability sessions.
  • Delivery methods for Level 3 Bikeability.
  • Moving trainees in groups.
  • Conducting effective risk assessment.

Personal development

After completing the course, you should work with an existing Bikeability scheme that is capable of mentoring you whilst you develop as an instructor.

You must decide when you think you are ready for a Post Course Assessment however this should be done within six months of completing your course.

You will be visited by one of our assessors, who will assess you against National Standard criteria. Upon successful completion, you will become a fully qualified Instructor.

To book a PCA now, please email your name, contact details, British Cycling membership number (if applicable) and the details of your Bikeability session (date, time, venue/location) to

We also deliver a number of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses to help you improve your instructing and to support your cycle training delivery.

Contact us

Email Cycle Training

Tel: 0161 274 2129