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.