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The ‘Mountain-Bike Instructors Award Scheme‘, offers a range of courses for prospective and current cycling MTB leaders.

Click on the course titles below to reveal more information about each course.

 

Courses

Mountain-bike Leader & Tutor Award

This course is particularly beneficial for those who wish to gain employment or work as independent operators within the travel industry. It is also very popular with teachers, youth leaders, scout leaders etc. who have benefited from a recognised qualification.

This is a 2 day course. The first day covers all aspects of the syllabus to ensure each candidate has the required knowledge and understanding of the content. The second day involves the candidates assessment in a group ride scenario where each candidate will be taking the lead role and managing the group and any situations that may arise.

Level  1 non Technical qualification is aimed at those who wish to lead groups of beginners in non-technical terrain (forest tracks, canal towpaths etc). Basic Skills – allowing access into low-level terrain, with little potential hazards. i.e. country parks, canal towpaths, Bridleways and Cycle Paths in non-wilderness areas where help is almost immediately accessible. Have a current First Aid Certificate or be working towards obtaining one.

Level  2 Technical qualification is aimed at those who wish to lead groups of beginners in non technical terrain and intermediate riders in technical (rocky /demanding terrain). For low level rides on Bridleways below 600m in wilderness areas. Intermediate Skills – allowing access into Wild Country, with the potential hazards that surround such terrain. Candidate must be in possession of a BEL Award, WGL or equivalent or Accredited APL. Have a current First Aid Certificate and good map reading skills.

Both Level 1 & 2 courses are run together. Candidates & the course instructor will decide after the initial assessment period which certification the individual candidates will undergo on the course, Level 1 or Level 2.  The course has national accreditation with The Association of British Cycle Coaches (A.B.C.C.), Cyclist’s Touring Club (C.T.C.) and is recognised by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA), Adventuremark.


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Course syllabus 

  • Group management
  • Communication
  • Coaching skills
  • Navigation
  • Route planning
  • Risk assessment
  • Management
  • Legal issues
  • Recording systems
  • Access & conservation.
  • Equipment requirements
  • Riding skills
  • Emergency repairs
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The syllabus shown assessed to meet MIAS requirements by the following methods-

  • Candidates who wish to be assessed at Level 1 must be able to demonstrate basic off-road riding skills and have a current First Aid Certificate or be working towards obtaining one.
  • Candidates who wish to be assessed at Level 2 must be able to demonstrate strong off road riding skills including step drops (up to 1/2 metre), descending / braking in a controlled manner, effective climbing and pedaling techniques in rough / rocky terrain.  Have a current First Aid Certificate or be working towards obtaining one
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Mountain Bike Leader Awards Level 1 to 3

Qualifications – non technical to mountainous terrain

  • MBL1 – Mountain Bike Leader Level One  – Non technical Terrain
  • AMBL -Assisting Mountain Bike Leader Level One  – Non Technical Terrain
  • MBL2 – Mountain Bike Leader Level Two  – Technical Terrain
  • MBL3 – Mountain Bike Leader Level Three – Mountainous Terrain

Knowledge & Understanding:

  1. Of health and safety policies
  2. Understand and implement risk assessment processes
  3. Of group management
  4. Of group safety
  5. Of cycle maintenance
  6. Understand and implement route planning
  7. Understand and demonstrate riding techniques
  8. Of legal considerations
  9. Of navigating on a cycle
  10. Of access and conservation
  11. Plan, run and evaluate a session
  12. Of weather conditions
  13. Understanding of child protection polices
  14. Understanding and implementation of equality
  15. Understanding of consent and medical information
  16. Understanding and implementation of MIAS policies
  17. Practical examination

 

Tutor Awards

  • MBT4 – Mountain Bike Tutor Level Four  – Train MBL1, AMBL, MBL2, Assess AMBL, MBL1
  • MBT5 – Mountain Bike Tutor Level Five  – Train as above plus MBL3, Assess as above plus MBL2
  • MBT6 – Mountain Bike Tutor Level Six     – Train as above, Assess MBL3 (Assessor must have a ML)

Advanced Knowledge & Understanding:

  1. Of health and safety policies
  2. Advanced understanding and implementation of risk assessment processes
  3. Of group management
  4. Of group safety
  5. Of cycle maintenance
  6. Advanced understanding and implementation of route planning
  7. Advanced understanding and demonstration of riding techniques
  8. Of legal considerations
  9. Of navigating on a cycle
  10. Of access and conservation  
  11. Advanced knowledge to plan, run and evaluate a session
  12. Of weather conditions     
  13. Advanced understanding of child protection polices     
  14. Understanding and implementation of equality     
  15. Understanding of consent and medical information     
  16. Advanced understanding and implementation of MIAS policies     
  17. Written and practical exam     
  18. Understanding training processes (teaching & evaluating)     
  19. Understanding assessment processes     
  20. Completion of research paper     
  21. Completion of assignment

Course Information

For more information please go to our course FAQ

 

Cycle FIT - Maintenance Course
  • Cycle Maintenance Level One:    Introductory Skills
  • Cycle Maintenance Level Two:   Developing Skills
  • Cycle Maintenance Level Three: Consolidating Skills
  • Cycle Maintenance Level Four:   Trainer/Assessor
  • Cycle Maintenance Level Five:   Trainer/Assessor
  • Cycle Maintenance Level Six:    Trainer/Assessor
  • Cycle Maintenance Level Six:    Provider

 

Gears Programme (personal skills)

The Gears programme was designed particularly at 1st Gear for those candidates with learning difficulties.  1st Gear can be achieved by using various forms of cycles including a tricycle.

  •  1st Gear – Introductory mountain biking skills – Trainer/Assessor :Grade 1 Instructor with 1st gear endorsement
  • 2nd Gear – Developing mountain biking skills – Trainer/Assessor :Grade 2 Instructor with 2nd gear endorsement
  • 3rd Gear – Consolidating mountain biking skills – Trainer/Assessor :Grade 2 Instructor with 3rd gear endorsement

 

Below is a list of the skills that are covered on the first 3 gears. The required standard will vary depending on which gears programme is being assessed.

  • Brakes
  • Gear changing
  • Cornering
  • Alternating speed
  • Lifting front wheel
  • Bunny hops (Third gear only )
  • Distance
  • Bike anatomy
  • Tools
  • Repairs

 

  • 4th Gear – Downhill mountain biking skills – Trainer/Assessor :Grade 2 Instructor with 4th gear endorsement
  • 5th Gear – Mountain bike trail /course building skills – Trainer/Assessor :Grade 2 Instructor with 5th gear endorsement
  • 6th Gear – Mountain bike trail /course management skills – Trainer/Assessor :Grade 2 Instructor with 6th gear endorsement

 

Emergency Services Cycle Patrol Award

Cycle Patrol Level One:       Introductory Cycling Skills
Cycle Patrol Level Two:       Developing Cycling Skills
Cycle Patrol Level Two A:   Night Riding Techniques & Skills
Cycle Patrol Level Three:    Consolidating Cycling Skills
Cycle Patrol Level Three A: Police MTB Search
Cycle Patrol Level Three B: MTB Search & Rescue
Cycle Patrol Level Three C: Night Riding Techniques & Skills
Cycle Patrol Level Four:       Trainer/Assessor
Cycle Patrol Level Five:       Trainer/Assessor
Cycle Patrol Level Five A:   Trainer/Assessor  Police MTB Search
Cycle Patrol Level Five B:   Trainer/Assessor  MTB Search & Rescue
Cycle Patrol Level Six:         Trainer/Assessor
Cycle Patrol Level Six:         Provider

For more information please go to our course FAQ

 

Military Courses

Funding for courses for Ministry of Defence Personnel

Courses funding for Ministry of Defence Personnel (Army, Air Force and Navy)

Standard Learning Credits (SLC)

Every member of the services is entitled to £175 per year to put towards the cost of personal development courses. All of our  courses qualify for this funding support for MOD staff members. These training courses lead  to civilian-recognised qualifications.  

 

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ARMY
Entitled service personnel are eligible to claim 80% of fees, up to a maximum of £175 per year, towards the cost of personal development courses.SLC and IRTC can be used together for resettlement courses in accordance with the DIN.

Who to talk to:
Single Service Representative (SSR)
Education Centre ETS Officers

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 NAVY

Everyone in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines has the opportunity to study for extra qualifications regardless of their rank. Generous levels of financial support are available for external training, whether directly relevant to the Royal Navy or not, all Naval personnel can claim up to £175 per year, for all kinds of training courses.

Who to talk to:
Resettlement Information Officer (NRIO)
Education & Resettlement Officer (ERO)
Fleet Education Officer (FEDO)

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AIR FORCE
The Standard Learning Credit (SLC) Scheme allows personnel to obtain financial assistance for learning costs. You are able to claim 80% of your course fees up to a maximum of £175 per Financial Year.
To qualify for SLC funding, the course of study must lead to a nationally recognised qualification, have substantial developmental value and directly benefit the Service.

Who to talk to:
Personal Learning Adviser (PLA)

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