Which MIAS Level Do You Need?

There are six different levels of training and instruction:

Please read this page carefully you will find all the information you need to decide what level of MIAS accreditation to go for.

The purpose of the Mountain bike Instructors’ Award Scheme is to promote the safe enjoyment of all aspects of mountain biking in an off and on road environment. The scheme provides training and assessment in the technical and group management skills required by those who wish to lead groups in a variety of off-road environments, other than in winter conditions. The scheme also incorporates on road management training. It integrates training, experience and assessment in a variety of testing conditions in off-road country.


“ MIAS is the Premiere Mountain Bike Leadership Training Course”

 

Scope of the scheme

The Mountain bike Instructors’ Award Scheme offers the opportunity to gain competence in leading cyclists in both on and off-road environments. Completion of training course alone, without taking an assessment course, is not a qualification in itself, although it may be of considerable benefit to the trainee.

There are currently six levels of MIAS training and instruction. The first three levels, are leader levels, while the three higher levels are for those tutoring or organising courses, of the three initial levels

Leader Levels:

MIAS Mountain Bike Leader Level One (MBL1) (AMBL - Assistant Mountain Bike Leader (Under 18))- Non Technical Terrain - (2 days) this award allows access into low-level terrain, with few potential hazards, i.e. country parks, canal towpaths and non wilderness areas where help is almost immediately accessible. Includes blue forest trail routes.

MIAS Mountain Bike Leader level Two (MBL2) - Technical Terrain - (2 days+) this award allows access into open country, with the potential hazards that surround such terrain. the leader will operate within 20 minutes of cycling assistance. AALS may also require you to hold additional qualifications to work in this terrain. Includes red forest trail routes. "This award is used outside the UK in altitudes above 600 metres to lead groups on cycle/mountain bike routes that are defined by map and ground. (Consideration should be given to MBL3 for leading groups in harsh mountain terrain on non recognised routes)"

MIAS Mountain Bike Leader Level 3 (MBL3) - Mountainous Terrain - (2 days+) this level covers areas defined as mountainous by the Mountain Training UK, but excludes ridges and potential hazardous routes such as ridges or routes involving scrambling. to lead groups on accessible routes to cyclists that are defined by map or ground. The leader will operate within 30 minutes of cycling assistance. AALS may also require you to hold additional qualifications to work in this terrain (e.g. ML, WGLA or equilivalent MOD qualifications. Including red/black forst trails.

 

Tutor Levels:

MIAS Mountain Bike Tutor Level 4 (MBT4) - Train AMBL, MBL1 and MBL2 - Assess AMBL and MBL1

MIAS Mountain Bike Tutor Level 5 (MBT5) - Train (as above) + MBL3 - Assess MBL2

MIAS Mountain Bike Tutor level 6 (MBT6) - Train (as above) + Assess MBL3  (Assessor must have ML)