Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training

Recognition of Prior Learning - 1-Day Course - For existing instructors

RBK RDC is offering the Recognition Prior Learning (RPL) route to the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training.

RPL is available to previously registered NSIs looking to continue delivering Bikeability. You will need to provide your unique NSI number. Once registered, you have 6 months to complete your Post Courses Assessment (PCA). Please check the Bikeability Professional Website for more details.

RBK RDC will support NSIs to:

  • Register on the new qualifications portal
  • Complete their e-portfolio tasks to provide prior learning evidence as Bikeability instructor
  • Complete their e-portfolio tasks to provide lesson plans in preparation of their practical assessment within 12 months from registration

Upcoming RPL Courses Dates

  • Thu 25 January 2024 - Wandsworth
  • Tue 13 February 2024 - Kingston
  • Thu 11 April 2024 - Kingston

Booking Form with Terms & Conditions


  • £200* per person. It includes:
  • 1 day course including practical and completion of your portfolio on the day minimising any homework
  • Additional support to finalise your Professional Development Plan

* The Bikeability Trust is able to cover the full cost of the course but not the Post Course Assessment. Post-course assessment visit with feedback report is from £150. We charge additional travelling costs as required for delivering courses or additional visits beyond a 10 mile radius of Kingston.

Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training - 4-Day Course - For new instructors

Step 1 - Four day course (or 32 hours Tutor time)

The course covers all aspects of cycle training with reference to the National Standard outcomes and risk management. Participants receive provisional accreditation once coursework is completed. The course includes:

  • 4 day course with 2 qualified trainers
  • course materials (e-portfolio, workbook, manual and model documentation)
  • registration on the National Database
  • A printed copy of the National Standard Bikeability Delivery Guide and model documentation

Step 2 - Post-course assessment (PCA) within 12 months of your course

The PCA gives you full accreditation while we observe you working with real riders where you work.

  • usually takes place over 1 session. More sessions may be necessary to validate outcomes
  • subject to completing e-portfolio assessment tasks and lesson plans evidence for your sessions

Upcoming Standard Courses Dates

 Thu 30 November, Fri 01 December and Thu 07 December, Fri 08 December 2023 - Kingston

Booking Form with Terms & Conditions 

Qualification prerequisites

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must 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 on bikes.
  • You must have access to a helmet, suitable clothing for all weathers, a roadworthy bike and bike lock for each day of the course.
  • Any experience of teaching or coaching young people and adults is desirable.


  • For new instructors, the full Level 2 Award Qualification costs £700 per person. That is £500 for the 4-day course and £200 for one post course assessment visit within 6 months.
  • We can also run group courses at your location for a minimum of 4 participants - contact us for details
  • Additional post-course assessment visit are from £100 depending on location
  • Please contact us separately to discuss payment modalities and discounts for groups.

We charge additional travelling costs as required for delivering courses or visits beyond a 10 mile radius of Kingston. Please email sustainable.transport@kingston.gov.uk for enquiries.

Essential information about the National Standard and its qualifications

  • RDC: Recognised Delivery Centre
  • 1st4sport: The externally-regulated awarding organisation which has developed and oversees all instructor training and assessment
  • Level 2 Award in Instructor Cycle Training (L2AICT): Qualification developed by 1st4Sport in line with the new National Standard, which trains participants to become cycle instructors (replaces the NSIA, NSIP and NSIQ roles)
  • Level 3 Award in Developing Cycle Training Instructors (L3ADCTI): Qualification developed by 1st4Sport in line with the new National Standard, which trains cycle instructors to become cycle instructor trainers (replaces the NSIT role)
  • RPL: Recognised Prior Learning; work experience-based evidence which existing instructors must provide as evidence towards the new qualifications
  • PCA: Post Course Assessment: Practical demonstration of Bikeability instructor (Final assessment)

Essential web addresses:

What are the new instructor qualifications

Two new instructor qualifications for cycle training have been developed by 1st4Sport: the Level 2 Award in Instructor Cycle Training and the Level 3 Award in Developing Cycle Training Instructors. The introduction of instructor qualifications which align with the New National Standard will ensure better consistency and quality of instructor training and Bikeability delivery.

All instructor training and assessment are based on the National Standard and national qualifications delivery guidance developed by 1st4Sport. This training is delivered by recognised delivery centres (RDCs), regulated by 1st4Sport. To gain RDC status, delivery centres must have experience delivering Bikeability and must register a minimum number of candidates each year. 

What is the role of the Bikeability Trust

The Bikeability Trust is managing the development and delivery of Bikeability on behalf of the Department for Transport. The Trust ensures that the National Standard is up to date in the instructor qualifications developed by 1st4Sport. It also ensures that only qualified instructors enter the Bikeability workforce. The Bikeability Trust is not involved in the recognition of delivery centres for instructor training.

How to register for the Level 2 Award as a new instructor

Please check the Professional Bikeability website to check all the RDC Centres offering this course.

What if I am an existing instructor

Existing instructors need to register with 1st4sport and choose an RDC. Active Bikeability instructors should not need to attend a four-day instructor training course. Instead, they should provide evidence of their prior learning and experience, and then undertake a practical assessment delivering a Bikeability PCA (to ensure that they satisfy the requirements of the Level 2 Award). The Bikeability Trust is able contribute £60 toward the cost of the practical assessment before 1 August 2021. Registration requires payment of the £45 1st4sport registration fee for the award and a (variable) RDC fee for the assessment of online and practical assessment tasks. Please check the Professional Bikeability website for more details.

What evidence will be accepted for assessment and recognition of prior learning and experience?

Existing, active, practising instructors must upload evidence into a 1st4Sport e-portfolio for assessment prior to their practical assessment. Evidence comprises a mix of theory-based multiple-choice questions and work experience knowledge. This includes lesson plans, assessment methods and internal quality assurance evidence.

Do instructors need to register with the Bikeability Trust?

All instructors registering on the 1st4Sport qualification will automatically register with the Bikeability Trust. Bikeability providers and instructors are not required to affiliate with an RDC. However, instructors are be expected to provide evidence to the Trust of annual professional development as a condition of continuing their registration. Bikeability providers and RDCs, supported by the Bikeability Trust, will provide instructors with professional development opportunities to meet the registration requirement.

Can I continue to deliver Bikeability with my old NSI accreditation?

At the moment, yes. Existing National Standard Instructors are expected to register for the new instructor qualification by 31 July 2021. Within this period, your NSI status will remain current and you can continue delivering Bikeability through a registered Bikeability provider.

What will it cost to gain the Level 2 Award qualification?

1st4Sport will charge a one-off £45 registration fee for each candidate registering for the Level 2 Award. RDCs will charge course and assessment fees at market rates. The 1st4Sport cost is proportionate to the benefit of introducing formal, externally regulated qualifications. On the anniversary of their registration with 1st4Sport, the Bikeability Trust will charge registered instructors an annual registration renewal fee of £25 to cover the cost of renewing registration, online CPD resources, and professional development places at national conference and regional workshops.  Please check the Professional Bikeability website for more details.

For active Bikeability instructors already registered with Bikeability, RDCs will only charge for the on-line and practical assessments fees at market rates. The Trust will contribute £60 towards the cost of the practical assessment. The need to register for the new instructor qualification between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2021. Payment for this will be through the RDCs and no instructor or Bikeability provider will have to claim the money back from the Bikeability Trust itself.

Our supporting policies

As a registered training centre and Bikeability provider, RBK has essential policies in place to support the quality assurance of its activities.

To request a copy of any of the policies below please email sustainable.transport@kingston.gov.uk

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