Quality education is vital to the development of the AusCycling Coach and Instructor Pathway. This ensures that our people are knowledgeable and skilled at all levels.
The Coach and Instructor Education Framework supports an individual to focus on either working as a participation instructor or performance coach (or both).
Additionally, it provides specific add-on specialisation courses based on the interest and focus of each Coach or Instructor.
AusCycling courses aim to increase the quality of coaches and instructors by:
All courses require participants to demonstrate required competencies for each level and discipline. Coaches and Instructors progress from a gained knowledge (theory) to sessions of delivery (practical).
The AusCycling courses provide an aspiring coach/instructor with the opportunity to learn more about the process of coaching (what, when, where and how) through a mixture of practical and theory based learning. This approach ensures the competencies required at each level are progressed in an appropriate and robust format.
The Community Instructor course is the entry point to the AusCycling Coach and Instructor Pathway.
The Community Instructor course provides participants with an underpinning knowledge of cycling and it's disciplines, the roles and responsibilities of an AusCycling Instructor, and a range of fundamental instruction skills.
This course is fully delivered through e-learning and after completion of the course the participant is accredited to assist coaches and instructors across the AusCycling disciplines of BMX, MTB, CX, Road and Track.
The AusCycling Community Instructor offers a course extension, called Mini Wheelers, which includes activities for instructing riders who are learning to ride using a balance bike. The Mini Wheeler extension is at no cost once the Community Instructor accreditation has been completed and is suitable for parents and junior riders from 14 years.
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The AusCycling Foundation Instructor course introduces the participant to Instructor practices with the theory component delivered through e-Learning, which is followed by a practical assessment. The course is aimed at individuals who want to assist others to learn the skills and tactics of riding a bicycle within the AusCycling recognised disciplines at the community and club levels.
The course examines the areas of:
The Foundation Instructor will be able to become accredited in one or more of the following disciplines:
The theory components of this course are delivered through e-learning followed by a face-to-face practical component.
A Foundation Instructor is able to be accredited in one or multiple disciplines. Any Foundation Instructor who has completed accreditation in one discipline does not need to retake the common modules. They will only be required to undertake the discipline-specific modules and practical training requirements.
Ready to Get Started?
If you are undertaking your first course via e-learning choose the discipline you'd like to start your accreditation in below.
Click here for a list of practical assessment sessions currently available.
This course is the equivalent of the MTBA Level 0 Skills Instructor, CA Community Club Coach, CA Introductory Skills Instructor (Road) and BMXA Club Coach accreditations.
Successfully Completed the Foundation Instructor Course?
If you have successfully completed the Foundation Instructor Course through AusCycling and wish to add an additional discipline, you will not be required to undertake the common modules again. You will be able to directly register into the additional discipline through your on-line learning account. You will be required to undertake the theory module and practical components of the additional discipline to become accredited.
Already Accredited as a Foundation Instructor equivalent (MTBA Level 0, BMXA Club Coach, CA Community Club Coach) and want to become accredited in another discipline?
AusCycling recognises all of the legacy accreditations from BMXA, CA, and MTBA equivalencies. The introduction of new content to these courses, in particular, Child Safety, revised
Codes of Behaviour, Safety and Equipment demonstrate a need to have all coaches and instructors complete the new common modules. However, you are not required to undertake the Community Instructor Course, which is a pre-requisite to those starting the Foundation Instructor course.
To undertake a Foundation Instructor Course for a new discipline, complete the following steps:
You will be progressed through the Community Instructor Course manually as it is a pre-requisite to Foundation Instructor.
The AusCycling Development Instructor course is a two-day theory and on the bike intensive course aimed at Foundation Instructor accredited members wanting to accelerate their instruction to the next level.
The Development Instructor Course will feature an emphasis on instructor's ability to demonstrate riding skills to the best industry standard as well as consolidation of introductory instructing methods.
The Development Instructor will be able to become accredited in one or more of the following disciplines:
The theory components of this course are delivered through pre-learning followed by a face-to-face practical component.
This course is the equivalent of the CA and MTBA Level 1 Skills Instructor.
This course is aimed at individuals who want to coach riders competing at State/Territory Level. The course focuses on supporting coaches to develop and advance their knowledge on development of advancing riders’ technical skills, fitness and racing skills.
The Development Coach will be able to become accredited in one or more of the following disciplines:
The course is completed over 3 days and is delivered via a combination of one-day online classroom sessions and two days of face-to-face sessions.
The online classroom session covers intermediate coaching principles in general including sports science and is common to all disciplines.
Days 2 and 3 cover discipline-specific theory and practical coaching skills and techniques. A minimum registration of 8 will be required for Day 2 and 3 face-to-face sessions in each discipline.
To attend an AusCycling Development Coaching course in your chosen discipline, you must:
a) Be at least 18 years of age
b) A current and accredited AusCycling Foundation Instructor in any discipline for a minimum of one (1) year
Participants must also complete the following courses:
d) Play By the Rules Child Protection (if not already completed)
The Development Coaching course costs $750 for 3 days of theory and practical skill development.
Additional Discipline Accreditation
A coach who has completed accreditation in one Development Coach discipline is able to accredit in another discipline through attending day 2 and 3 of that discipline’s face-to-face sessions. The virtual classroom which covers intermediate coaching principles including sport science is common content and only required to be completed once.
The AusCycling Advanced Coaching course is aimed at the coach who works with elite athletes competing in National Championships. In particular, this course provides the underpinning knowledge for coaching an emerging elite/young athlete who seeks to represent Australia at Junior or Under- 23 international events.
The course provides in-depth information on the physiology and physiological assessment of a cyclist, performance assessment and monitoring, sports psychology in cycling, advanced racing skills and race preparation, recovery techniques, and crisis management of the injured cyclist.
The course is delivered face-to-face via Webinar over a 4-day period and requires practical assessment components post-course.
This course is not discipline-specific however successful candidates will need to show competency in one nominated discipline. Coaches will be accredited in that chosen discipline.
This course is the equivalent of the CA or UCI Level 2 Coaching Course, Level 2 MTBA Coaching Course.
The AusCycling Elite Coaching Course focuses on working with the coach to explore their full potential as a coach through the lens of Mastery under the FTEM model with the knowledge and skills to work as the lead coach of an Australian team at National and World Championships, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
This 12-month course provides self-directed learning completed through a structured and supervised research project on a topic new to the coach and which shows the potential to build the capacity and success of the Australian Cycling Team or other High Performance environments.
Areas in AusCycling the Elite coach may work in include mentoring of Advanced coaches, the development of National cycling coach policy, supporting athlete development for major international competition, leading research and development teams in a high performance environment.
This course is not discipline-specific however successful candidates will need to show competency in one nominated discipline.
This course is the equivalent of the CA Level 3 Coaching Course.
AusCycling offers additional courses for our membership and the cycling community.
The Sport Director course has been developed by AusCycling in order to help develop the skills required to undertake this role within a road team. The course provides Sport Directors with opportunities to learn, to study and be assessed for both the theoretical and practical aspects of acting in this role.
The course aims to provide candidates with the advanced skills to act in the role of Sport Director at continental and national events.
The course is an interactive and practical course that examines the principles and practises of this role. The course is delivered over two days of presentations, discussions and practical workshop activities.
Many road cycling groups have set their own “bunch rules” and social norms which make for safe and considered bunch riding. The language, verbal and non-verbal, is paramount to safety while riding as it informs every rider in the bunch and ensures the enjoyment of cycling in bunches.
Historically, road riding bunch norms have been handed down through the generations of cyclists and generally by a former elite athlete.
Recognising the shift of new individuals coming into the sport, the need to have consistent knowledge of bunch riding standards, ride planning, conduct and evaluation is a priority of AusCycling.
The Road Ride Leader course prepares persons who find themselves leading the decision-making in daily rides by offering a set of ground rules and approaches to dealing with everyday bunch situations.
The remit of a Road Ride Leader is the ability to lead a group of up to 30 adults, 15 adolescents, or 10 children in planned, risk-managed and documented low-traffic riding environments.
Please note, it is outside the scope of practice for a Road Ride Leader (non-accredited coach) to provide any physiology-based training programs to any rider.
Potential Ride Leader groups are:
The Track Motor Pacer course has been developed by AusCycling in order to help develop the skills required to act in the ‘Motor Pacer’ role at club racing and training.
The course provides participants with the opportunity to develop competency in track motorcycle riding, communications skills and risk management.
The course is an interactive and practical course that supports the demonstration of competency in this role.
All candidates must have be a current Member of AusCycling and have an Australian Motorcycle license (non-probationary).
This course is offered by State and Territory offices from time to time.