Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training

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Solihull Council is an accredited Regional Delivery Centre with 1st4sport.

We work alongside The Bikeability Trust to deliver the new 1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training for new learners. Once qualified as a Cycle Training Instructor you will be able to deliver Bikeability training to children in schools and to adults. 

This qualification replaces the old NSI qualification and is essential for new and existing cycle instructors to deliver cycle training to the National Standard.

If you are an existing instructor and wish to update your qualification, we can help you reach the new Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training- RPL via a recognised prior learning route. The registration deadline for existing Cycle Instructors is 31 March 2024.

We are also accredited to deliver Level 3 Award in Developing Cycle Training Instructors qualification to experienced cycle instructors who aspire to become a Cycle Training Instructor Tutor.

We also offer CPD and MIAS training in support of, or in addition to your Bikeability schemes and can offer bespoke training to organisations that are not part of the Bikeability programme.

The course costs £779 per person and includes:

  • four-day training from expert tutors
  • registration fee
  • cycle training resources to support your delivery
  • registration with the Department for Transport (DfT)
  • Introduction to the 1st4sport E-Learning Portal
  • a 2-hour post course assessment from an expert tutor including travel expenses up to a 25-mile radius

This course will be a combination of classroom based and practical learning with group and 1-2-1 tutoring.

Bursary (Bikeability Trust)

The Bikeability Trust has available a 2-part bursary for new instructors up to £800.

If you are eligible for a bursary, we will apply for it on your behalf once your associated Bikeability Provider has indicated they are using one for you.

Eligibility

To attend the course you must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • 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 cycling
  • have a helmet, suitable clothing, 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.

What you will learn

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 riding skills and learnt how to:

  • teach groups and individuals
  • provide a safe training area
  • assess when your trainees have achieved their outcomes

If you successfully complete the course, you will:

  • be awarded Provisional National Standard Instructor status by the Department for Transport (DFT)
  • be able to deliver cycle training with the assistance of a qualified instructor

You will then have up to 6 months to book your Post Course Assessment (PCA) with one of our course tutors, who will assess you delivering within an existing Bikeability scheme.

If you successfully complete the PCA, you will:

  • be a fully qualified National Standard Instructor
  • receive a 1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training certificate

What the course includes

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

Upcoming courses

A minimum of 4 learners are required for a course to run.

  • Monday 4 March to Thursday 7 March 2024
  • Monday 22 April to Thursday 25 April 2024
  • Monday 20 May to Thursday 23 May 2024
     

Course venue

San Souci Training Centre

196 Tanworth Lane
Shirley
Solihull
B90 4DD

Apply

Apply for the Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training

Private course bookings

We can also deliver private course to Bikeability providers and private organisations.

To host a course you will need the following:

  • secure bike parking for six to ten bikes
  • one room to be used from 8.45am to 5.00pm with power and a large display screen
  • catering space/breakout room close to the main room
  • Level 1 - a traffic free area, for example a playground or car park, that must be a minimum size of two tennis courts
  • Level 2 - quiet, low traffic streets with multiple junctions within one mile of base

If you are looking to host a course please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The course costs £483 per person and includes:

  • introduction to the 1st4sport E-Learning Portal
  • one day CPD training from expert tutors
  • cycle training resources to support your delivery
  • registration with the Department for Transport (DfT)
  • observation of performance while delivering Bikeability training, including travel up to a 25-mile radius
  • a personal development plan

Bursary (Bikeability Trust)

Once your certificate has been applied for, we will apply for a bursary of £200 on your behalf while the Bikeability Trust has them available.

Eligibility

To attend the course you must:

  • be an existing Bikeability Instructor
  • have a helmet, suitable clothing, a roadworthy bike and bike lock for each day of the course

What you will learn

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 and learnt how to:

  • teach groups and individuals
  • provide a safe training area
  • assess when your trainees have achieved their outcomes.

If you successfully complete the course, you have up to 6 months to book your Post Course Assessment (PCA) with one of our course tutors. If you successfully complete the PCA you will have updated your current instructor qualification in line with the current national standard.

What the course includes

The RPL route is centred around an in-person classroom CPD day, with practical activities, providing opportunity to share good practice and be challenged. It is facilitated using a course handbook, which will be available digitally or in print.

The course will comprise the following:

Before the course

  • expert witness testimony 
  • self-assessment   

One the day

  • accessibility and differentiation 
  • teaching strategies 
  • risk benefit assessment 
  • deliver National Standard Cycle Training 
  • cycle maintenance 
  • self-reflection and reviewing your delivery

Upcoming courses

A minimum of 4 learners are required for a course to run.

  • Monday 18 March 2024

Apply

Apply for the Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training - RPL Route

Course venue

San Souci Training Centre

196 Tanworth Lane
Shirley
Solihull
B90 4DD

Private course bookings

We can also deliver private courses to Bikeability providers and private organisations.

To host a course, you will need the following:

  • one room with six to ten computers to be used from 8.45am to 5.00pm
  • a catering space/breakout room close to the main room
  • quiet, low traffic streets with multiple junctions within one mile of base
  • secure parking for your instructor’s bikes

If you are looking to host a course, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

If you want to become a Cycle Training Instructor Tutor, this 2-day course has been developed by the Bikeability Trust and 1st4sport. The course is based on Role 6 (Unit 6.6: Train instructors to deliver cycle training), of the National Standard for Cycle Training.

Cost

The 2-day course costs £1,184 per person and includes:

  • registration fee with 1st4Sport
  • pre and post course tutor support
  • certification
  • a Post Course Assessment including travel costs up to a 25 miles radius

What you will learn

The Level 3 ADCTI award will prepare you for employment as a cycle training instructor tutor with a Recognised Delivery Centre and provide you with the knowledge and skills to deliver the Level 2 Award Course in Instructing Cycle Training.

What the course includes

  • 16 guided learning hours (over 2 days) face to face learning with experienced Solihull Council 1st4Sport tutors
  • pre-course preparation tasks in the lead up to the course
  • opportunities to practice your teaching and assessment techniques and skills in classroom and practical sessions
  • support with your e-portfolio tasks during and after the course as you prepare for your Post Course Assessment.
  • In addition:

    If you successfully complete the course, you will also be required to:

  • complete the e-portfolio tasks with online support from your tutor with an additional 5 Guided Learning hours
  • deliver up to 60 hours of Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training and 9 hours of Level 2 Award assessments
  • complete a final assessment with your tutor

Eligibility

To attend the course, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be able to communicate effectively in English
  • be a regular cyclist and be able to cycle competently, confidently, and consistently at Bikeability Level 3
  • be currently delivering Bikeability have been delivering for at least 2 years

To deliver the Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle training with an RDC after you have completed the course, you will also need to:

  • hold, or be working towards the 1st4sport Level 3 Award for Tutors and Assessors in Sport 

or

  • hold, or be working towards, Qualified Teacher Status or have a Post Graduate Certificate in Education 

or

  • hold, or be working towards a level 3, or above, regulated qualification in delivering education

or

  • hold, or be working towards, a level 3 or above, regulated qualification in assessment practice.

If you are unsure if the teaching qualification you hold is suitable, please get in touch.

Upcoming courses

A minimum of 4 learners are required for a course to run.

Please register your interest in this course by emailing bikeabilityrdc@solihull.gov.uk 

Apply

Apply for Level 3 in Developing Cycle Training Instructors

Course Venue

San Souci Training Centre

196 Tanworth Lane
Shirley
Solihull
B90 4DD

MIAS Cycle FIT is an ideal selection of courses for:

  • anyone working in the cycle training industry
  •  those who want to develop their maintenance skills
  • bike fleet managers.

The courses cover a range basic maintenance checks and repairs, through to more complex technical elements.

Cycle FIT Level 1 – Introductory Skills (16 hours, delivered alongside Level 3)

Cycle FIT Level 2 – Developing Skills (8 hours) NVQ standard Level One for those who require a basic knowledge on cycle adjustment.

Cycle FIT Level 3 – Consolidating Skills (16 hours delivered alongside Level 1)

The Cycle FIT Course Level One and Three is for 16 hours and is an NVQ equivalent standard level one award for Level One and an NVQ standard level two award for Level Three.

Cycle FIT 1 and 3 are for those seeking a more detailed knowledge of cycle maintenance and fleet management. These two courses are delivered the same way, the difference being in the assessment process.

During the ongoing assessment process, learners who require additional support to complete the set tasks will be awarded Level 1 (NVQ1).

Those learners who complete tasks unaided will be awarded Level 3 (NVQ2)

Courses will take place at Solihull MBC Bike Workshop, delivered by MIAS Level 5 Tutors, ideally with 4 people per course, and will be tailored to your requirements in discussion with the tutor. The workshop is kitted out with an extensive range of Park Tool Professional tools and has a range of suitable bikes ranging from entry level bikes used in our Bikeability training through to the latest electric and E Cargo fleet.

Learners that meet the required level will receive both a MIAS Cycle FIT Maintenance Course Logbook, used to record their ongoing development, and a MIAS Cycle FIT Maintenance Course certificate to the appropriate level.

The outline for all levels include:

  • health & Safety - working environment and use of tools
  • types of cycle and anatomy - frames, components, materials
  • basic tools
  • wheels - removal, tubes and tyres, puncture repair
  • brake Systems - rim and disc
  • drivechain - gear systems, cleaning & lubrication
  • headsets - adjustment
  • pre-ride check

For the more advanced

  • Advanced tools
  • Brake set up and adjustment - rim and disc, cable and hydraulic
  • Drivechain - set up and adjustment, road and mtb, bottom brackets
  • Headset - set up and maintenance
  • Wheels - hub service and adjustment
  • Bike fit - setting up a bike for an individual

To book course or to discuss content, please view our contact details below.

As part of Birmingham City Councils Clean Air Zone initiative, partner organisations including University of Birmingham and Westside Business Investment District have taken delivery of E-Cargo bikes for use in and around their areas of operations.

Instructor with an e-cargo bikeSolihull Council’s cycle training team have secured a contract for training staff at these two organisations who will then cascade this training to other partners wishing to use the e-cargo bikes and trikes.

This is an innovative and unique programme of training, with our Recognised Delivery Centre working with MIAS Training to develop the package and was delivered in May and June 2021.  The two-day course provided learners with the confidence and skills to ride the cargo bikes in an urban environment and be able to train others to use them.

The photo shows an E-Cargo bike with one of our training staff, Malcolm Coall.

If you are looking for alternatives to the last mile delivery option where you can reduce emissions in city and town centres then this training should be of interest to your staff and partners.

For more information contact Andy Stowe on 07880 172462 or email andrew.stowe@solihull.gov.uk.

Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training - New Instructors

March 2023

“Thank you both for a great course, I have learnt plenty and enjoyed myself. I arrived with quite a negative vibe in my head as I'd "been there, done my time, respected member of a team and got the T-shirt" so why am I here?... I have learnt that, whilst the original Bikeability course was a step change from Cycle Proficiency, it didn't always reach the quality/goals that was desired or needed to be … My challenge now is to shred that old T-shirt and work hard towards getting a newer, shinier, fit for purpose T-shirt.”

September 2021

"Morning both.

Hope you’re both well and recovering from an intense but hopefully enjoyable week.

Just wanted to send you both a personal note of gratitude and thanks for the way in which you delivered the course over the last four days. I must admit at the start I did have some personal doubts about it all. But thanks to your delivery style and patience, the light began to be switched on for me, as a means of seeing coping mechanisms. The biggest one being 'demonstration is key'.

Thank you again, I thoroughly enjoyed it and our time together."

Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training - RPL Route for Existing Instructors

April 2021

“Thank you to Andy and yourself for the two days of enjoyable riding.

I really enjoyed the learning and in particular the company and both your learning styles. An absolute pleasure if you ask me.

Thanks again for your ongoing support." 

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