Cycling NSW Coaching Courses

Cycling NSW Coaching Courses

Coaches and Instructors play a critical role in supporting the enjoyment and performance of riders.   

They work with a wide variety of individuals developing skills and abilities that make riding more fun.  They can key help someone experience the joy of riding for the first time right through to being the driving force in supporting a rider to win a World Championship.

With such a wide remit Coaches and Instructors require a broad range of skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide the right support. 


Types of Courses

AusCycling Community Instructor Courses

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. 

AusCycling Foundation Instructor Courses

The AusCycling Foundation Instructor course gives the participant a taster of Instructor practices with the theory component delivered through E-Learning. 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 within the community and club levels. 

The course works examines areas of:

  • Managing group and individual behaviours
  • Risk management
  • Planning and developing skills sessions appropriate to beginner to intermediate level riders

The Foundation Instructor will be able to become accredited in one or more of the following disciplines: 

  • BMX
  • Cyclo-cross
  • Mountain Bike
  • Road
  • Track
  • Teacher Specific

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 an 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.  

This course is the equivalent of the MTBA Level 1 Skills Instructor, CA Community Club Coach, CA Introductory Skills Instructor (Road) and BMXA Club Coach accreditations.

AusCycling Development Coaching Course

This course is aimed at individuals who want to coach at club level and State/Territory Championship/Open 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: 

  • BMX
  • Cyclo-cross
  • Mountain Bike
  • Road & Track

Any instructor or coach who has completed accreditation in one discipline is able to undertake additional specific modules and practical training requirements and does not need to retake the common theory modules.

This course is delivered via face-to-face delivery and requires practical components post-course.

This course is the equivalent of the BMXA, CA and MTBA Level 1 Coach.

AusCycling Advanced Coaching Course

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 in a 4-day period and requires practical 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.

AusCycling Elite 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.

Road Ride Leader Endorsement Course

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:

  • Cycling Clubs
  • Community and Social groups
  • Participation Event Organisers
  • Bicycle User Groups (BUG)
  • Cycle Tourism companies (charity rides, school holiday programs, adventure destination)
  • Bicycle Retailers
  • Schools
  • Government

Coaching re-accreditation

In order to maintain an AusCycling Coaching Accreditation, it is necessary to renew your AusCycling Membership annually and renew your Coach Accreditation every four years. For more information, visit AusCycling

For further information please contact Emily Wilson via email -

Updated 24/03/2021