As part of the Department for Transport's development of cycle training and instructor provision for Bikeability schemes a new accreditation scheme has been implemented.
Organisations that were previously ITPs (the old system of accreditation by Cycling England) have been reassessed and successful ones given ITO status.
All cycle instructors who deliver Bikeability will need to register with an ITO, and all scheme operators will need to ensure that the instructors they use belong to an Instructor Training Organisation. On joining an ITO instructors will have to make a commitment to annual CPD training as this is a prerequisite of the ITO scheme to ensure consistency and quality.
Anyone wishing to become a National Standard Instructor Trainer, Instructor or Assistant Instructor will have to attend a training course run by a recognised ITO such as BikeRight!
BikeRight! have been training National Standard Instructors for many years, over 2400 people have attended our courses across the country.
We have 3 teams of highly qualified cycle Instructor Trainers and run courses every month from our training centres in Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham as well as bespoke courses at many locations throughout UK.
To further develop cycle training, ensure quality and provide an industry voice, TABS was set up in 2012 by leading cycle training bodies, consultancies and the Department for Transport.
BikeRight! is a founding member of TABS, our MD Liz Clarke sits on the TABS executive board.
As part of the ITO recognition scheme we are expected to:
Train instructor trainers, instructors and assistant instructors in accordance with the National Standards for Cycle Training
Carry out post-course assessments for instructors
Provide CPD training to our registered instructors
Provide DfT with details of people trained
Provide a service to the public to verify the credentials of instructors either trained by us or affiliated to us
Provide membership services including providing opportunities for further development and providing updates on the National Standard for cycle training
Provide any monitoring information required by the DfT
Comply fully with any audit/reassessment processes undertaken by the DfT