National Standard Instructor training

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British Cycling’s National Standard Instructor 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.

Course dates

Venue Date Further details
National Cycling Centre, Manchester 28 June - 1 July 2018 Further details and booking
National Cycling Centre, Manchester 6 - 9 Sept  2018 Further details and booking

Additional dates and venues will be announced when available. If you would like to be added to our waiting list for future dates, please send your name, contact details and postcode to

For details of private course bookings please refer to the bottom of this page.

Course details

The course costs £495 per person and includes:

  • Four-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.
  • Registration with the Department for Transport (DfT).

Course pre-requisites

  • You are at least 18 years of age.
  • You must be a regular on road cyclist, who is confident riding in traffic at a standard that meets Bikeability Level 3 environment and who can pass that confidence on to others. This is a very practical course that involves considerable time on bikes.
  • You must have access to a helmet, suitable clothing for all weathers, a roadworthy bike and bike lock for each day of the course.
  • Any experience of teaching or coaching young people and adults is beneficial and encouraged.

Course content

The instructor 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 completion of the four-day course, you will be awarded Provisional National Standard Instructor status by the Department of Transport (DfT).

The course includes:

  • Introduction to the National Standard.
  • Theory of Level 1, 2 and 3 Bikeability.
  • Planning Bikeability sessions.
  • Delivery methods for Level 1, 2 and 3 Bikeability.
  • Conducting a Bike, Helmet and Clothing check.
  • Evaluating Bikeability sessions.
  • Providing feedback and motivation.
  • Managing groups effectively.
  • Moving trainees in groups.
  • Conducting effective risk assessment.
  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
  • Signposting trainees to further cycling opportunities.
  • One-to-one feedback from an experienced tutor.

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 Please note the Cost of a PCA is £175 + Tutor expenses

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

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.

To host a course you will need the following:

  • Secure bike parking for 12-18 bikes
  • One Classroom/Conference Room to be used from 8.45pm to 5:30pm with power and space for projector screen
  • Catering space/ Breakout room close to main room
  • Level 1 Traffic Free Area- playground/car park- minimum size 2 tennis courts
  • Level 2 Quiet, low traffic streets with multiple junctions within 1 mile of base

The ideal venue is often a High School or Community Centre in the middle of a large residential area, as these areas offer the required type of roads for successful training. Working from schools has the added benefit of realistically creating the environment learners will be working in.

If you are looking to host a course, please contact the Cycle Training team.

Contact us

Email Cycle Training

Tel: 0161 274 2129