Assistant Instructor

Assistant Instructor

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British Cycling’s National Standard Assistant 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.

Assistant instructors play a vital role in the delivery of National Standard Cycle Training courses alongside fully qualified instructors. These courses aim to teach trainees to ride more safely on the road for leisure, transport or sport.

Course bookings

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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 16 years of age.
  • You are a regular on road cyclist, who is confident riding in traffic.
  • You must have access to a helmet, suitable clothing and a roadworthy bike for each day of the course.

Course content

The assistant instructor course prepares you to assist in the delivery of Bikeability Level 1 to 2 courses, working alongside a fully qualified National Standard Instructor.

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 effectively support the instructor(s) you are working with. Following successful completing of the four day course you will be awarded National Standard Assistant Instructor status by the Department of Transport (DfT).

The course includes:

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

Personal development

Assistant Instructors can train to become fully qualified instructors by attending another two-day National Standards Upgrade Course

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