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RSCT has now formerly trained as a National Standard Instructor Trainer with the CTC
28th July 2011

RSCT is now working in conjunction with the CTC, whom they have always been affiliated to.  They are also registered with the CTC as their Instructor Training Organisation (ITO) in line with the DfT guidelines for quality assured instructor training. Along with their tried and tested instructor training courses (NSI), the CTC also run Instructor Trainer Training courses (NSIT) and Assistant Instructor courses (NSAI). All successful trainees will become members of our ITO with a guarantee of training updates and Continuous Programme Development (CPD).

Since April 2011, there are no other bursaries but that does not mean that instructor training is out of reach financially.  Under DfT rules, the organisation who successfully bid for funding and receives a grant, can choose to fund instructor training however the trainee instructor subsequently has to delivery cycle training to X number of children in Ys 5,6 or 7 equal to the cost of the training.

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A course will run 16-19th April 2012:
Anyone interested in acessing training, should get in touch 
for more information with regard to costs and location.


!! Congratulations to all those who recently gained their full accreditation as National Standard Instructors!!
(Click on this link to see other photos from the course)


For a full version of the press release issued in accordance with Truro College click here

Nick Moon, Director of Cycle Experience said “It is great to be working with such a group of enthusiastic individuals and I am confident that they will all make excellent instructors. A very big thank you to Truro College for allowing us to use their facilities for the duration of the course and again to Wendy Creed for persevering to get this course scheduled.  We look forward to working in Cornwall again.”

The CTC or Cyclist Touring Club first emerged in Harrogate in 1878 as the Bicycle Touring Club but was renamed in 1883 as the Cyclist Touring Club.  It is the oldest national cycling association in the UK.  The CTC was also very much at the fore of setting up both the new National Standards in the new millennium and the launch of Bikeability nationwide together with other organisations such as RSoPA, the former National Cycling Strategy Board which became Cycling England and LAROSA.  Cycle Experience is also run by people with extensive experience in cycle training and promotion services.  We are all Sustrans supporters and some of us are also British Cycling Coaches.  Each of us is committed to the goal of getting more people cycling for the many benefits it brings.  Whether you are looking to encourage cycling to help reduce congestion, improve health, reduce CO2 emissions or meet Travel Plan obligations talk to us as our approach is to do all we can to get more people, cycling more safely, more often.

The former Cycling England and CTC's Kevin Mayne said Bikeability's predecessor, the Cycling Proficiency Test, "wasn't doing the job". He said, "In some cases, it kind of told children about the dangers of cycling without telling them about all the positive things. As much as anything else, what Bikeability is there for is actually to convince mums and to convince people like teachers that cycling is really OK."

Unlike the Cycling Proficiency Test, which generally took place in the school playground, many of the Bikeability tests are carried out on the roads. Children are taught the kind of observation, road positioning and defensive driving tactics that new motorists learn. Cycling England has said it hopes that within five years all school-leaving children will have passed the test. In the pilot scheme, which involved Merseyside, Exeter, Essex, Cornwall, Manchester, Hertfordshire, the Isle of Wight, and Kingston in London, nearly 10,000 badges were awarded. (Source: BBC News, Mar/07)

Do you want to become a Cycle Training Instructor?

As a fully accredited Instructor Training Organisers (ITOs) provides Instructor Training Courses (ITC’s) to;

  1. Individuals wishing to become a fully accredited Cycle Training Instructor of Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the National Standards for Cycle Training (Bikeability).

  2. Individuals wishing to become an accredited Assistant Cycle Training Instructor of Levels 1 and 2 of the National Standards for Cycle Training (Bikeability), working in conjunction/partnership with a fully qualified Nat. Standard (Cycling) Instructor.

  3. Organisations that may be looking to build a team of fully accredited Cycle Training Instructors.

Instructor Training Course runs over four days (National Standard (Cycling) Instructor) and covers the theory and a wide range of practical exercises involved in the delivery of Levels 1 to 3 of the National Standards for Cycle Training.  The Assistant Instructor course is run over 2 days as they can only deliver Levels 1 and 2 in conjunction with a fully qualified NSI.  The course is delivered by our most senior Instructors who have wide experience in training both children and adults, in groups and as individuals.

Courses can be offered locally to where you are for individuals as well as organisations, subject to the availability of the afore mentioned local instructors.  For example the SW has 3 potential Lead Instructors who know each other personally and work together as part of a team  to deliver such a course. 

You will need to be a confident cyclist yourself and have your own bike and cycle helmet available for use on the course.


Fees for courses run locally, are determined on an individual basis and are subject to the availability of the local senior instructors, however the SW has 3 such instructors so generally speaking, this is more a question of dates as there are always a minimum of two Instructor Trainers running any one course.  There is a small cost involved which includes two post-course mentoring and  assessment sessions which are observed by our Instructor Trainers, who live locally to you.  Further mentoring and/or assessment visits will be negotiable. 

Bursaries have not been available since April 2011 for NSI and NSAI training however under DfT ruling, there is the potential to help with funding the cost of the course so please get in touch and contact ..

How to book 

If you would like to book a place on one of our courses, arrange an in-house course or just find out more information email

Information with regard to Government changes coming into force:

All our successful trainees will become members of our ITO with a guarantee of training updates and Continuous Programme Development (CPD).  Please click on either/both of the following two links to find out more about becoming a member of an ITO and what it means:

  • ITO Qs & As

  • ITO Updates with regard to Bikeability accredited schemes

  • Can't open these documents?  Then download the latest version of ADOBE ACROBAT (which opens in a new window!) 

    What qualification does it result in and is it nationally recognised?

    Anyone who successfully completes the course, will gain their provisional accreditation as a National Standard Cycling Instructor, which is a professionally recognised qualification.  They subsequently become fully qualified and gain their full accreditation when within 6 months from the completion of the course, they are successfully observed teaching to the required standard, achieving the desired outcomes.  The Instructor Trainers will provide the necessary support during this period. 


    During this time, they are able to add their names to the CTC's list of National Standard Instructors for their region and if they wish to have their own scheme Bikeability accredited as many instructors prefer to become freelance, they are then also able to begin working on their Bikeability accreditation application.

    Additionally, having trained as an NSI, in the fullness of time, an instructor can then progress and become an NSIT or Instructor Trainer themselves.  Another option that is open to them is to further their training and become an All Ability Cycle Ride Leader as well.  This is the Government Paper from the DfT with regard to working with people with disabilities and doing their own Bikeability training.

    The National Standard for Cycle Training

    The National Standard for Cycle Training sets out the skills needed for cyclists to be competent and confident using their bikes for all sorts of journeys. Building on the experience of cycling proficiency the National Cycle Training Standard has been developed by over 20 expert organisations in response to public demand for a modern, nationwide scheme that caters for today's road conditions. The Standard is a progressive scheme that moves through three levels to give parents the reassurance that their children have the necessary skills and confidence to cycle at each stage of their development and particularly to cycle to school.

    It underpins Bikeability, which has been designed by the leading experts in the field of road safety as well as cycling. It is designed on similar principles to lessons for motorcycle riders and car drivers, assessing the likely risks and obstacles faced by cyclists at each stage of their development and created training that encourages them to make their journeys with the skills to manage these risks as far as is practicable.

    Over a five year period the cycle training sector has been adopting the principle of a single training method to move from an environment where a myriad of disjointed programmes operate side by side to a situation where there is a common framework throughout the sector for the delivery of cyclist training for trips by road.  A list of all current Instructor Training Organisations as of December 2010, can be found here although this may change if when regulated, they fail to meet the DfT guidelines.

    The most important component of this is the introduction of standards for instructors and much clearer guidance for clients on the contents of any course of training through the introduction of client standards. This is a sensitive area, and many believe it contradicts the perception of cycling as a free, relatively unregulated and enjoyable activity, but cycling activities are currently provided in a very disjointed manner. There is high quality provision by many individuals and groups, wholly unsatisfactory practice or in many cases no provision at all. Activity providers rely on long-term experience as the main criterion of acceptance. A serious incident has not yet occurred in the UK but if it did it will have a dramatic impact on confidence unless appropriate mechanisms are in place to support the sector

    CTC and the many partners it has worked with in the last 5 years believes the best schemes will demonstrate to clients just how easy and enjoyable cycling can be and the standards can be relatively invisible to clients, but the confidence of the sector as a whole will be improved by the provision of effective standards and quality assurance mechanisms.

    NB:  Please be aware that successfully gaining your provisional National Standards accreditation does not mean that you are also Bikeability accredited, for more information please go to the Professional pages of the Bikeability website

    The NEW Assistant Instructor's course

    A new, two day Assistant Instructor course, ratified by the DfT, was announced in the summer of 2009 by the CTSB. The course is designed for those with a general interest and enthusiasm for cycling (this may include existing volunteers or young leaders from School Sports Partnerships) to provide support to local National Standard schemes in a professional capacity on Level 1 and Level 2 courses.

    The training will be very useful in bringing your existing volunteers up to date with Bikeability and also in attracting new recruits to school based cycle training.  Contact to discuss the details of booking and running an Assistant Instructor course in your area - alternatively watch this space as we hope to run a course in Cornwall in the spring of 2012.

    An Assistant Instructor will only be qualified to deliver Levels 1 and 2 and then in conjunction with a fully qualified National Standards Instructor.  Eventually there may be an opportunity to then expand that by following it up with a further two day course to then become a fully fledged NSI but that course as yet, has to be written, piloted and ratified so limitations will apply for the foreseeable future at least however if you are passionate about cycling but don't have time to organise everything and take the lead, this could be perfect for you!!

    What our instructor trainers believe ...

    Training as an Instructor Trainer is an enlightening process and it's good to always be prepared to learn more, have the opportunity to be mentored and always trying to improve one's own skills to deliver a better quality of service., personally speaking, I found that observing, even if I wasn't doing it with a view to continuing my own development as a Trainer, was profitable because .............

    1. Things can and do change, for example the new directive about Bikeability Level 2 being 8 hours duration so that 6 hours is purely on road as experience shows this is best practise - the writing is clearly on the wall and suggests that the curriculum will be developed further which is no bad thing, a little like a First Aid at Work course which tends to change with the advances resulting from medical research ....... perhaps all instructors should take a turn as support instructors once every three years, as a refresher??

    2.  It also gets you thinking about the basics.  After a while, one tends to do bits and pieces automatically but could still overlook something important because you actually take the issue as read, as part of the course elsewhere.  So it raises your levels of awareness in other respects as well, acting as a vital reminder sometimes in a way that is potentially embarrassing, however that serves to ensure you won't ever forget it again!

    3.  We all have something different to bring to the table and in doing so, can all learn from each other - for example one of the trainees came up with ABC for a bike check., 'air, brakes, chain' ........... I like it and it makes it simple for the younger children at Level 1 as a starting point., sure, we can go through the M check but they are far more likely to retain ABC when you've gone than everything involved in an M check ....... it is something both I and several other instructors are now adopting and will include in any future Level 1 courses we run for that reason and see how it is received.

    4.  At the same time when doing the training, we can share our experiences as although trainee instructors will be trained in what to do and the outcomes they need to achieve, one thing you can never train for is the unexpected.  By sharing examples of what can happen, then they know to be more alert than just expecting traffic to do what it should, if indeed one can even define what that should be?  One can only learn so much from a text book, the rest comes from real life experiences and the unexpected being so unpredictable, whatever it may be, can only be shared after it has happened!



    After two very successful courses, which included 6 x HE (Uni. of Plymouth) Sports students swelling the ranks of instructors in Cornwall, there is a further courses planned for this year:

  • There are still places on the course running in April 2012, which will be a four day course.

  • Recently ratified, the Assistant Instructors course is also now available and can be run concurrently with an NSI course

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