Two Advanced Certifications

CyclingSavvy offers the best cycling certification program in the United States. While this program was originally created to certify instructors, there have always been those who want this knowledge for a host of other reasons. The course has been restructured to fulfill your needs, whether you intend to teach or not.

This program consists of two parts:

  • Online course consisting of nine modules that will be released one week at a time, accompanied by live sessions with trainers. See below for more details.
  • Intense and rewarding in-person three-day weekend for those seeking instructor certification.

Steps to Receiving Advanced Certification:

  1. Take a basic CyclingSavvy in-person course, or complete the “Ride Awesome” online course.
  2. Enroll in the online cycling certification program. A certificate will be issued for the successful completion of this course.
  3. After completing this process, if you’d like to become an instructor or pursue professional certification for another reason, contact us. In-person training weekends are by invitation, and limited to eight participants.

Advanced Certification Training

Part 1: Nine-week, Online CyclingSavvy Expert Certification: This is a prerequisite for instructor certification training, as well as a standalone course for advanced certification as a CyclingSavvy Expert. Nine modules will be released one week at a time. These lessons include theory for teaching & learning cycling, data vs perceptions, definitions & design standards, CyclingSavvy strategies, and study of strategies in practical application. Zoom sessions will be scheduled in conjunction with the release of each module. You will bring your questions and insights about the week’s content for discussion with your cohort and trainers.

Part 2: Three-day, In-person CyclingSavvy Instructor Training: Enrolled registrants will receive teaching assignments for a classroom section and a bike handling lesson to prepare. They will be given access to online course manuals, presentation materials and tutorial videos.

The three-day training covers presentation skills, class management, formula and techniques for creating a CyclingSavvy Road Tour, on-road group leadership skills and the specifics techniques for delivering experiential learning on the road.

Instructor Qualification

This program is not affiliated with the League of American Bicyclists. Instructor qualifications are not transferable, nor is it necessary for one to be a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) to become a CyclingSavvy Instructor (CSI).

To be eligible to become a CyclingSavvy Instructor (CSI), a candidate must take the basic CyclingSavvy course. This should be completed a minimum of two months before a CSI training. Upon expressing an interest in becoming an instructor, candidates are assessed by their basic course instructors. Favorably assessed candidates will receive an invitation to participate in the next training.

Candidate Assessment

The assessment seeks feedback on the following:

1) Open-minded and willing to learn and participate in the CyclingSavvy class. (A CSI believes s/he always has more to learn… we learn from each other, from our students, from our successes and our mistakes, we constantly refine and improve ourselves as cyclists and as teachers.)

2) Understands and embraces the teaching methodology of CyclingSavvy (removing belief barriers and freeing students from the limitations of far-right mentality).

3) Understands and embraces the traffic cycling techniques we teach (lane control, strategic road positioning, making lane changes early, active communication, control & release, etc.).

4) Has good situational awareness. (Pays attention and doesn’t engage in distracting behavior).

5) Shows enthusiasm for empowering and celebrating the success of others. (A principle of our program is that we set people up for success. We don’t test people or pressure them to perform. We work to ensure their success, and most importantly, that they have a good experience in the class.)

6) Demonstrates the ability to follow directions. (To give directions, you need to be able to follow directions.)

7) Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly. (This is an essential skill. CSIs are responsible for sending students into complex road features and traffic conditions; they must be able to communicate instructions clearly and succinctly. Much of the CSI training involves developing and refining strategic communication of concepts and instructions.)

Instructor Support

At the training workshop, participants receive a kit which includes:

  • A binder with slide-by-slide talking points and note pages
  • A bound drill booklet
  • A string backpack which includes cones and beanbags for on-bike sessions.
  • A CyclingSavvy polo shirt.

Graduates of the in-person training have access to ongoing support through this website. This includes tutorials, marketing resources and webinars. Those intending to teach may buy instructor polos on the site.

The American Bicycling Education Association (ABEA) also provides regular updates to presentation materials (new animations, high res videos, new content slides).

Liability insurance is provided for active instructors in the United States and Canada.

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Instructor Certification Course Costs

Part 1: $175

Part 2: $425

Instructor Annual Fee

Annual professional support fee (covers insurance, instructor support access to course materials): $50

Essential Characteristics of a CyclingSavvy Instructor

  • CSIs must have an unequivocal belief in the full equality of a bicycle driver in the transportation system. The fundamental principle of this course is that we must change beliefs to change behavior.
  • CSIs must demonstrate proficiency at problem-solving and handling themselves assertively on the roadway.
  • CSIs must have patience, presence and a passion for teaching. A CSI has the opportunity to change the lives of students by freeing them from damaging beliefs and teaching them the skills that allow them to thrive as bicycle drivers in a car-centric world. This carries a great reward, but it also takes patience, mindfulness and the ability to recognize and observe a student’s emotions and behavior on the road.
  • CSIs must have good time management skills (show up early and be ready to teach promptly on time) and demonstrate the ability to manage class time so sessions end at the advertised time. The valuable thing students give us is their time — not their money.  
  • CSIs are the first — and possibly only — contact students, members of the public, government officials, etc. may ever have with the CyclingSavvy and ABEA brands. Our expectation is that CSIs portray our brands in a positive, professional manner. Instances of unprofessional conduct may result in suspension or revocation of CSI status.