Award in Instructing Cycle Training

Level 2 – RPL Route

NCA are a 1st 4 Sport recognised prior learning (RPL course) delivery centre.

Recognised Prior Learning Level 2 (RPL)

National Standard Instructors had to register for the Level 2 qualification by March 31, 2024. During that period, you could continue delivering training with due consideration for previous recognition of your prior learning. This approach avoided the necessity of undergoing the full four-day course again.

Are you an existing National Standard Instructor looking to convert to the new recognised qualification?

Register with us to smoothly transition from NSI to L2AICT, the official accreditation of prior skills and experience. Our experienced tutors guide you through the process, updating your learning and ensuring you gain the Level 2 award in instructing cycle training.

1st 4 Sport qualifications

The transition from RPL to L2AICT will help you demonstrate that you possess all the required skills and experience. Gain the knowledge to become a qualified cycle instructor. This RPL course is designed for instructors who:

  • Have a National Standard Instructor qualification (this is being replaced by the L2AICT).
  • Are looking to become a qualified instructor.
  • Want to renew their qualification.
  • Are interested in upskilling.

If you’re uncertain whether RPL is the right choice for you or if you have any questions about the process, our team is here to help. Call 0161 796 6221 to book or email

Accrediting your prior learning for cycle instruction: The RPL course overview

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) is a process assessing and recognising prior learning skills and experience for qualification. If you’re unfamiliar with RPL, it evaluates your previous learning and experience, potentially allowing you to attain a qualification. This is particularly beneficial if you’ve undergone formal or informal training or have relevant experience in cycle instruction.

Benefits of RPL

The RPL route stands as an excellent choice for individuals with time constraints or seeking to minimise training costs. It values knowledge and experience acquired in the field. Although not all qualifications qualify for RPL, NCA takes pride in being a recognised delivery centre, acknowledged by 1st 4 Sport. Our experienced tutors can assist you through the process, whether you’re transitioning from NSI or aiming to upskill as a cycle instructor. Register with us now or contact our team to find out more information.

RPL Training Details

How is the qualification different to before?

Instructor qualifications are now externally regulated by Ofqual. The National Standard Instructor (NSI) qualification has become the 1st4sport Level 2 award in Instructing Cycle Training.

Who is 1st4sport?

1st4sport is an awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual that specialises in vocational and occupational qualifications in the active leisure, learning and well-being sectors.  They work very closely with numerous National Governing Bodies. 1st4sport oversees the L2AICT course, which is then delivered by Recognised Delivery Centres.

So there aren’t any Instructor Training Organisations (ITOs) anymore?

No, some old ITOs, and some newcomers, have applied to deliver the new qualification. Once approved they become Recognised Delivery Centres (RDCs).

What role does the Bikeability Trust play?

From September 2018, The Bikeability Trust has managed the development and delivery of Bikeability on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT).

So, if i am currently an NSI do i have to do the new course?

Yes, if you want to carry on delivering Bikeability you have until 31st March 2024 to register for the new Level 2 qualification. You can continue to deliver in the meantime.

Previous recognition of your prior learning (RPL) s taken into account, so you don’t have to do the four day course again.  You must have delivered at least 72 hours of instructing to be eligible for this route.

What do I have to do?

Register with an RDC. Contact or call us on 0161 796 6221 if you want to enquire about pricing or wish to register with us.

Once registered, you have six months to complete an online e-portfolio and have a Post Course Assessment (PCA). The e-portfolio contains multiple-choice questions on topics such as the National Standard, Duty of Care, and Inclusion. There is a requirement for you to upload supporting evidence of session plans, risk assessments, etc. 1st4sport estimates the e-portfolio will take around 4 hours to complete.

The PCA involves you delivering an on-road group session (family, school or other group) and being assessed by a tutor from your RDC. Your tutor will also support you through your e-portfolio tasks.

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