At the end of 2015 the MBLA scheme drew to a close and has now been fully integrated into UK Mountain Bike Leadership. Although this sets out to answer most of the questions you and others may have about MBLA qualifications and how changes might affect them, if you have a questions not answered here, please do contact us to discuss it.

Will my MBLA qualification expire?

No.  Your qualification will remain in place.  As has always been the case, you are required to maintain the validity of your qualification by remaining current through continued leading practice, Continuous Professional Development and ensuring that you continue to fulfil applicable first aid, safeguarding and insurance requirements

What is happening with the MBLA bolt on modules – Expeditioning, Winter and Night riding?

The MBLA bolt on modules will remain under Scottish Cycling guidance and approval until further notice.  These additional modules are not currently covered by British Cycling / Scottish Cycling / Welsh Cycling insurance.  These modules were part of the MBLA scheme and to date have not been updated and transferred to the new UK award. The three governing bodies are committed to investigate the future of these CPD modules, to look at past throughput and current and future demand and to invest time into updating them to become a robust and insurable product that supports increased participation in mountain biking. In the meantime, this does not preclude the continued delivery of these modules by external providers but any insurance provision (for tutors and leaders) must be sought through a third party.

I’m currently a TCL.  Do I need to do a Level 2 Award or can I go to the Level 3?

As a TCL, you are able to go directly on to a Level 3 training course providing you fulfil the other aspects of the course pre-requisites.

Who can tutor the Mountain Bike Leadership Awards?

Mountain Bike Leadership Award tutors have undergone specific training and verification to ensure courses maintain their high quality and consistency.  From 2016 applications for additional approved providers will be opened.  Approved providers are able to sponsor potential new tutors through a robust tutor development process which is focused on being individually led around the skills, capacities and experiences that new potential tutors already possess. Please see the tutor full pathway document for clarification on the process and expectations of tutors.

Can I retain insurance cover through my membership with my MBLA award?

Yes.  In order to be insured as a Trail Cycle Leader or a Mountain Bike Leader through your British Cycling membership, you must:

  • Hold a current British Cycling membership at a minimum level of ‘Ride’.  The Bronze and Fan membership packages do not include insurance cover.  You do not necessarily need to have Silver and Gold memberships unless you wish to access their additional membership benefits.
  • Log your TCL and/or MBL leadership qualification(s) with British Cycling so that they are held on your member profile and will show on your membership card. 
  • Log with British Cycling a relevant current first aid qualification.  This must be an outdoor first aid qualification (minimum two days) or a full First Aid at Work qualification (minimum three days).  Again, this will be held on your member profile but will NOT show on your membership card.
  • Log evidence with British Cycling of having undergone safeguarding and child protection training (a Disclosure or DBS check will not suffice as they are just background checks).  Again, this will be held on your member profile but will not show on your membership card.

You must fulfil all of the above points for your insurance to be valid.

To renew or purchase British Cycling membership contact the membership team on 0161 274 2010 or online here https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership.

To log details of your qualification onto an existing membership contact the following:-

If you are based in Scotland please contact mtbleadership@scottishcycling.org.uk, attaching copies of evidence/certificates as above.  Please include your membership number in the email. 

If you are based in England or Wales please contact mtbleadership@britishcycling.org.uk, again attaching copies of evidence/certificates as above and including your membership number.

How can I be added to the ‘Find a Leader’ listing with my TCL / MBL or Level 2 / 3 qualification?

You can be listed on the ‘Find a Leader’ tool by amending your own profile in your dashboard.  Log in and click on ‘My Dashboard’.  Go to ‘About me’ then ‘Settings’.  At the bottom of this page, under ‘Who can contact me’, untick the statement that says ‘Hide my contact info from the British Cycling online Coaching Directory’.