Cycle Training UK is one of only a handful of Accredited City & Guilds Cycle Mechanics Training Centres in the UK.

The City & Guilds Level 1 Award and Level 2 Certificate in Cycle Mechanics are internationally recognised qualifications.

Who are they for?

Candidates will learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and career progression in the cycle maintenance and cycle building sector. 

These City & Guilds courses also provide accreditation for anyone fixing cycles for community groups or at bike clubs or as part of a Dr Bike service.

They’re also ideal at formalising the knowledge of the keen home cycle mechanic and filling in any gaps.

So these courses are for candidates who already have a good degree of cycle mechanics competence. Both Level 1+ & Level 2 are rewarding yet challenging. They both involve timed practical assessments and written theory assessments.

Where do you learn?

City & Guilds Cycle Mechanic courses take place at our fully equipped (with Park Tools) workshop in Inner London. Candidates are taught by an experienced and knowledgeable Instructor Mechanic in groups no larger than four.

Each candidate will have access to their own workstation containing all the tools they need to complete the course, a cycle to work on, consumables such as cables and lubricants, an apron, mechanics gloves and a ready supply of tea, coffee & biscuits! Before the course we will send each candidate a copy of the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair (3rd edition) as part of their pre-course briefing pack.

What will you learn?

These are professional level courses so candidates will be instructed in working in a cycle maintenance environment, appropriate Health & Safety Regulations, use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the disposal of used parts.

We will register each candidate with City & Guilds and issue the appropriate qualification certificate when the course is completed.

Level 1+  - £650

All the activities in Level 1+ involve everyday cycling tools. Candidates will cover the range of modern mainstream cycle components. Level 1+ takes candidates from cable operated rim & disc brakes and derailleur systems through to loose & cartridge hub bearings and Bottom Brackets (old cup & ball to modern press-fit). The course concludes with a Systematic Bike Check. Each module of the course will be followed by an assessment.

Workshop Hours – 40 hours

Homework Hours – 10 hours

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Level 2 - £550

Following the successful completion of Level 1+, candidates can move on to the Level 2 Certificate. The course starts with two days of wheel building followed by modules on headsets, frame prepping (chasing & facing – the BIG tools!) and cycle augmenting (adding accessories). On the final day candidates will completely strip and rebuild a bike. As with Level 1+, each module of the course will be followed by an assessment.

Workshop Hours – 40 hours

Homework Hours – 10 hours

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Course Outline

Day 1 L1 +

Induction and workshop rules, Health & Safety Procedures

Unit 182: Remove and replace a cycle rim brake assembly (V-brake, canti and dual pivot including cable replacement) plus basic set up of cable operated and hydraulic disc brake systems.

Day 2 L1 + Unit 183 and Unit 283: remove and replace cable operated cycle gear systems and assembly.
Day 3 L1+ Unit 284: Remove and replace cycle hub bearings (loose and cartridge bearings)
Day 4 L1+ Unit 285: Remove and replace cycle bottom brackets and cranks (adjustable, cartridge, external and press fit)
Day 5 L1+

Unit 181: Puncture Repair

Unit 184: Systematic bike check ( M-check)

Day 1 L2 Unit 286: Build a cycle wheel day 1(theory and practice)
Day 2 L2 Unit 286: Build a cycle wheel (recap theory, practice and assessment)
Day 3 L2 Unit 290: Headset servicing and Unit 287: Prepare Frames (chasing and facing)
Day 4 L2 Unit 288: Augment a cycle (fit accessories) then final practice for last day
Day 5 L2 Unit 289: Change a cycle frame (strip a bike to its bare frame and then rebuild)

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