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Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training

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The Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training is the standard qualification for Cycle instructors in the UK. Based around a four day practical course it provides a thorough grounding in teaching child and adult learners cycling to the National Standard (Bikeability). This is an enjoyable and practical training course comprising of a mixture of classroom/workshop sessions and training on local roads.

This is the new qualification, developed by The Bikeability Trust and 1st4Sport Qualifications for 2019. In the future all cycle instructors will have to either take this course, or update their existing NSI qualification to this standard. Qualification will enable you to work for Bikeability schemes across the country delivering the 3 levels of Bikeability training to child and adult learners in schools, sports facilities and public sessions.


Applicants for this course should:

  • be 18 or over

  • be able to cycle confidently in a variety of road and traffic conditions

  • be able to communicate well in english (both speaking and writing)

  • have a roadworthy bike

  • be fit enough to spend considerable time riding, this is a practical course.

Experience of teaching, or working with children is an advantage in this career. Being a parent counts! Prior to working as a Cycling instructor you will also need a DBS check, although this does not form part of this course.



To qualify as a cycling instructor you'll need to:

  1. Register with Cycle North

  2. Do the pre-course reading - accessed via an online portal at 1st4Sport

  3. Complete the 5 day training course - practical and classroom sessions

  4. Complete the online learning elements - multiple choice assessments to do during the course

  5. Complete your qualification with a post course assessment - delivering Bikeability (up to six months after the training course)

The 5 day training course covers:

  • Understanding the role and responsibilities of the cycle training instructor

  • Planning cycle training and assessment

  • Delivering cycle training and assessment

  • Reviewing cycle training and assessment

  • Planning to improve professional practice

In addition to the practical course during the day, there are also online tasks to complete.

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Our next courses are in May '24 in Leeds and  Doncaster:


The Leeds course is at Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre

(HEART), Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3HN on:


Monday May13th - 9am to 5pm

Tuesday May14th - 9am to 5pm

Wednesday May15th - 9am to 5pm

Thursday May16th - 9am to 5pm

The Doncaster course is at the YMCA, 31 Wood St,

Doncaster DN1 3LH  on:


Monday May13th - 9am to 5pm

Tuesday May14th - 9am to 5pm

Wednesday May15th - 9am to 5pm

Thursday May16th - 9am to 5pm


There are four days of practical training which are a mix of classroom and on-road sessions, with some evening prep to do. The sessions will run from 9am each day and candidates will have to be available for all the sessions.


There are full bursaries available if you are going on to work for Cycle North, delivering Bikeability in Leeds, Sheffield, Wakefield. Rotherham, Doncaster or Kirklees.

The full cost of the course for external candidates is £800.
If you are going to work for a Bikeability training provider a bursary should be available, you will need to speak to them about this in advance. 


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Contact us to book an Instructor Training course place, or for further info.

Updating your NSI qualification


If you are an existing NSI trainer, and wish to continue to deliver Bikeability training, you'll need to upgrade your current qualification to the new standard. The Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training is the the new qualification, developed by The The Bikeability Trust and 1st4Sport Qualifications for 2019. By 2024 all cycle instructors will need to have this qualification to teach Bikeability.  There is a Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) route specifically for current NSI instructors, which means that you won't have to the 4 day course.


To achieve the Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training via the Recognised Prior Learning route, you need to be a currently practicing NSI or NSIT Bikeability Instructor. 


The pathway to converting your NSI qualification to the new standard, is as follows:


Step 1 - Register with Cycle North

Step 2 - Pay registration fees

Step 3 - You will be registered as a "Registered Instructor"

Step 4 - Complete a series of online assessment tasks

Step 5 - Complete an E-portfolio with evidence of your recognised prior learning

Step 6 - Tutor assessment of your online tasks and E-portfolio

Step 7 - Practical assessment of Bikeability teaching

Step 8 - You will be registered as a "Qualified Instructor"

Step 9 - Opportunities for continuing professional development

Step 10 - Annual renewal of your registration with the Bikeability Trust

Upgrading to the new qualification with Cycle North includes:

  1. The 1st4Sport Registration fee

  2. A qualification guide including help in assembling RPL evidence

  3. Online assessment

  4. Tutor support as required

  5. Final practical assessment

The practical assessment will take place during Cycle North bikeability sessions in Leeds, Sheffield or Wakefield. Completing your assessment outside of this area is possible, but will incur additional costs for assessor travel.


Cycle North can train individuals or groups of NSI instructors to the new standard. Please contact us with your requirements.

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