Qualifications equip cycle skills instructors to do their role better. Here’s what is available.

Instructor on a BikeReady adult cycle skills course.

National certificate course

People with at least some basic experience as instructors can work towards a specialist qualification:

National Certificate in Recreation and Sport — Coaching and Instruction (Cycle Skills Instructor)
Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework

Format: Some study in your own time, on-the-job assessment of your ability to complete parts of the job, plus contact time with a learning support advisor.

Content: You will learn practical parts of an instructor's role such as:

  • giving feedback on performance
  • coaching methods for individuals and groups
  • risk management
  • creating an inclusive and positive learning environment
  • planning, carrying out and evaluating training sessions

Time to complete: Normally gained in 8 months

Usually you will enrol with the support of the cycle skills training provider you work for. The certificate can be completed while you work and is considered a hands-on practical programme.

The National Certificate programme is run by Skills Active Aotearoa, New Zealand's industry training organisation (ITO) for sport, recreation, exercise, outdoor recreation and the performing arts.

National Certificate for cycle skills instructors(external link)