M.I.A.S Instructor training


The Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme (MIAS)

Benefits and History

The MIAS level 2 instructor is awarded a QCF level 2, this is equivalent to a GCSE and a MIAS level 3 instructor is awarded a QCF level 3, which is equivalent to an “A” level. The MIAS award is also operated under the European Qualifications Framework and is equivalent to e level 4 in this award, which means it is recognised in France as a leaders award for mountain biking. This can be of use if your considering working in the Alps or somewhere smaller like Cannock Chase

There is no current UK wide National Governing Body, although some other organisations may state so. However, the MIAS award has been in practice for longer than any other mountain bike award, and is recognised by the AALS and the Association of British Cycle Coaches

Also, unlike other awards MIAS does recognise that you may come with a life time of experience in outdoor education and mountain biking so we do recognise approved prior learning, as well as training you may have undertaken with other recognised award providers.

This means we can fast track some training if the prior training with other awards can be evidenced. This award has been used by guides and members of the armed services, the police, mountain guides, schools and youth groups in: Chile, France, Spain, Singapore, New Zealand, Crete, Morocco, Canada and Italy, making it a very credible award for leading and guiding abroad

This is a weekend course which will take place at Cannock Chase and The Malvern Hills . it will cover

  • Personal & group equipment
  • Access
  • Cycle maintenance
  • Trail maintenance
  • Navigation
  • Coaching skills
  • Risk assessment & management
  • Recording systems and procedural paperwork
  • Group & trail management
  • Emergency procedures

At the end of the weekend candidates will receive a personal course debrief and, on being successful, certification to show they are now newly qualified to MIAS level 1 or 2. This is valid for 3 years

Level 1

For potential instructors who will lead MTB groups off road on way marked tracks below 600m and within close proximity of immediate aid. Typically these might be; way marked cycle tracks, canal tow paths, and forestry tracks. These would involve skills such as; climbs, descents, pedal kicks, short track stand and wheel lifts.

Requirements: Previous mountain bike experience.

Level 2

Instructors who wish to lead groups into moorland, upland or mountainous terrain up to 600m and within 30 minutes walk of habitation. Technically a little more demanding and will employ climbing and descents over loose surfaces, single track, log hops, jumps, small drop offs, deep mud and water crossing and an understanding of trailside repair.

Requirements: A good level of riding, an understanding of risk, some previous group riding experience, basic map and compass skills.


Your course fees include MIAS registration for 3 years, your logbook and assessment

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements.

We can also assist with accommodation advice at Cannock Chase and The Malvern Hills


Additional information

Course Date

1st/2nd June 2019 Cannock Chase, 5th/6th October 2019 Malvern Hills


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