Mountain-bike Leader 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.

  • MIAS Mountain Bike Leader Level One (MBL1)                 – Non Technical Terrain – (2 days) this award allows access into low-level terrain, with few potential hazards, i.e. country parks, canal towpaths, and non-wilderness areas where help is almost immediately accessible. Includes blue forest trail routes.                                                                             There is an alternative for the younger person to take the:

 

  • MIAS Assisting Mountain Bike Leader Level One (AMBL) –       Non technical Terrain – (2 days) this award allows access into low-level terrain, with few potential hazards. This is a site specific award designed for organisations such as outdoor center’s that primary use MTB on site and the AMBL is working under the guidance of a qualified MIAS MTB member of staff.
  • MIAS Mountain Bike Leader Level Two (MBL2)                   – Technical Terrain – (2 days +) this award allows access into open country, with the potential hazards that surround such terrain.  The leader will operate within 30 minutes of cycling assistance. AALS may also require you to hold additional qualifications to work in this terrain. Includes red forest trail routes.

“This award is used outside the UK in altitudes above 600 meters to lead groups on cycle/mountain bike routes that are defined by map and ground. (Consideration should be given to MBL3 for leading groups in harsh mountain terrain on non-recognised routes).”

 

  • MIAS Mountain Bike Leader Level Three (MBL3)                  – Mountainous Terrain – (2 days +) this level covers areas defined as mountainous by the Mountain Training UK, but excludes ridges and potential hazardous routes such as ridges or routes involving scrambling. To lead groups on accessible routes to cyclists that are defined by map and ground. AALS may also require you to hold additional qualifications to work in this terrain (e.g. ML, WGLA or equivalent MOD qualifications. Includes red/black forest trail routes.

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.

      RQF Courses

       MIAS has been instrumental in the development of RQF Mountain Bike accreditation, working with the Awarding Body IAO.

MIAS Currently offers:

  • RCF/IAO Level 2 Award in Assisting Mountain Bike Activity Leadership
  • RCF/IAO Level 3 Certificate in Mountain Bike Activity Leadership. (These RQF MTB courses are available for other organisations to use).
  • We also have a new course IAO RQF L3 Cycle Maintenance

Tutor Levels

 

MIAS Mountain Bike Tutor Level Four (MTB4)

– Train AMBL, MBL1 and MBL2 – Assess AMBL and MBL1

 

MIAS Mountain Bike Tutor Level Five (MTB5)

– Train (as above) + MBL3 – Assess MBL2

 

MIAS Mountain Bike Tutor Level Six (MBT6)

– Train (as above) – Assess MBL3 (Assessor Must have ML)

 

Additional MIAS Mountain Bike Awards:

 

Fast Track Award/Mountain Bike Conversion Course (FTMBL)

Available for those holding qualifications with CTC, OTC, SMBLA, MBLA, BC, BSCA, MBCuk.

 

Fast Track Award for MIAS Mountain Bike Leaders (MBL2) who wish to deliver RCF/IAO Level 2 Award in Assisting Mountain Bike Activity Leadership. (FTQCF)

 

MIAS Gears (Personal Skills) Cycling Awards (G1) (G2) (G3) (G4) (G5) (G6)

 

MIAS Emergency Services Cycle Patrol Award, including MTB Search and Rescue (E1) (E2) (E3) (E4) (E5) (E6)

 

MIAS Cycle “Fit” Maintenance Course. (C1) (C2) (C3) (C4)

 

Bolt on awards:

MTB Expedition (MBLE)

Night Riding (MBLN)

On Road Cycling (MBLO)

Alpine MTB leader (used mainly by the MOD abroad) (MBLA)

Pedelec (MPL1/2/3)

 

New Award being developed in conjunction with:

European Organisation of Mountain Bike Instructor-Guides (EO-MTBInG)

              www.eo-mtbing.eu

 

              MIAS is currently mapping across the award together with MBCuk to develop a              

              European Licence for MTB Guides

 


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

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

 


 

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

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