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Dates for upcoming courses will be listed here but in the meantime register your interest with Nicki and once we have sufficient numbers we will run the course.
There are a few changes coming up to the current MBLA scheme.
If you hold a MBLA qualification or are about to complete a MBLA qualification, then that qualification will remain valid and be accepted by the outdoor industry as an appropriate qualification for leading Mountain Bike rides.
The MBLA scheme will cease to exist from 31 December 2015. If you are part way through your qualification, then you will need to have completed your assessment before this date.
The new UK Mountain Bike Leadership Scheme is already in operation and there will be a gradual transition to the new scheme from the MBLA, with current MBLA tutors undergoing an orientation process to deliver the new scheme. For a period up to 31 December 2015, the two schemes will run in parallel, with gradually more opportunities to enrol onto the new scheme.
The new scheme consists of three levels. Level 1 is specifically designed for outdoor centres or similar site-specific venues. Level 2 is of a similar level to the Trail Cycle Leader award and Level 3 is of a similar level to the Mountain Bike Leader award. Whilst the new scheme has a degree of equivalence, there are significant improvements and differences, in particular at Level 3. For example, the new Level 3 is three days training and two days for assessment.
For more information on the new scheme visit: http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/mtbleadership