If you are a keen cyclist looking to help others get into bike riding, consider becoming an instructor. Here’s what the role involves.

 BikeReady instructor at a school.

What instructors do

Instructors work locally through cycle skills training providers. You'll be part of a team under the umbrella of a local council, a regional sports trust or other group.

You'll spend plenty of time on your bike and helping learners on their bikes. This takes place both away from traffic and on the road. Learners are school students and new or experienced adult cyclists. They learn the how and why of being a skilled road user through your instruction and by reflecting on their own learning.

You may get involved in lesson planning, liaising with clients, and "paperwork" via the logged-in section of this website. Some instructor roles are paid positions, others are volunteers.

Think about what you have to offer

Your first step is to think about your own experience, interests and abilities. See if you could be a good match for the role. Successful instructors have the following in common:

  • Ability to cycle competently and confidently (recent regular experience in a variety of traffic conditions).
  • Good knowledge of the New Zealand road code, cyclist code and road rules.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Friendliness, tolerance and empathy for learners.
  • Listening and communication skills.
  • Staying calm in all situations.
  • Commitment to increasing cycling in New Zealand and talking about the benefits of cycling.

The following are also useful. Some things you can gain after getting involved with a training provider:

  • Current first-aid qualification.
  • Experience in a teaching, training or instructing role.
  • Experience of cycle skills training as an assistant or volunteer.
  • A good working bike.
  • In-depth knowledge of the BikeReady instructor manual.
  • Clean criminal record.

Next steps to becoming an instructor

Get in touch with your local provider. They will assess your suitability and explain the process they have in place to help you become an instructor.

Find a training provider

Find out about the specialist qualification you can study toward