Cycle Instructor Training

1st4sport Level 2 Award: the essential qualification for aspiring cycling instructors

Student Cycling Instructor looking over their shoulder preparing to cycle.
Multiple locations

Regular courses


From £50

About the course

The 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training covers the theory and practice of teaching people to ride safely on the road, through a mixture of online, classroom-based and practical lessons.

Skills and competencies

Our four-day course was developed by the Bikeability Trust and 1st4sport and covers essential topics such as:

  • Cycle Training Instructor roles and responsibilities
  • Effective teaching techniques  
  • Learning styles  
  • Safeguarding
  • Risk assessments
  • Session planning

Book a course

Please contact us for bookings and enquiries.

Further information

Who can do this training?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to teach adults and children to cycle competently on the road. You might be employed by a local authority, cycle training organisation - or set up your own business as a freelance cycle instructor.

Entry requirements

To take this course, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Have proof of identification.
  • Communicate effectively in English (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
  • Cycle competently, confidently and consistently to Bikeability Level 3 standard.
  • Be ready to start work as a cycle instructor*

*For example, have an offer of employment or starting your own business.

Funding support

The Bikeability Trust provides a £800 bursary towards the cost of the qualification. Contact us to find out more.

Booking for your employees?

If you'd like to book a course for your employees, please contact us and we'd be happy to help.

More info and FAQs

More questions? Check below for more information.

Where is it taught?

The course is taught in Bristol. We can travel to some locations, depending on how far you are from Bristol and how many learners you have. Contact us to find out more. 

Assessment & qualification

Our tutors will observe you over the four days and assess your understanding and teaching skills. Next, you’ll complete some online tasks in your own time. Once you’ve successfully completed these activities, you’ll gain your provisional qualification. You’ll then be able to deliver Bikeability training.

Post course assessment

Once you complete your coursework and gain your provisional qualification, you’ll be able to work as a cycle instructor. However, to become fully qualified there is a bit more to do after the course:

  1. Deliver 72 hours of Bikeability training to the public and/or in schools.
  2. Complete additional development tasks in your online portfolio.
  3. Complete a post course assessment (a practical observation in the field).

Most instructors become fully qualified in around six months.

What's covered in the price?

As well as covering the cost of the course, our fee covers:

  • Your registration fee with 1st4sport.
  • Tutor support before, during and after the course.
  • One post course assessment visit.
  • Final certification.

Assessor travel costs for the post course assessment visit are not included.

How is this course accredited?

Our tutors teach to the official standards set by the Department for Transport. This course was developed by the Bikeability Trust and is accredited by 1st4Sport, the awarding body.

Cancellations and refunds

To find out about our cancellation and refund policies, read our full terms and conditions.

What others say

"The course was excellent, I was quite daunted at the start but the progressive nature of the training meant that I quickly became more confident; it has prepared me well to deliver bikeability".


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