A 2 day practical assessment based around leading groups in L3 terrain in the UK in summer conditions.
The assessment consists of a homepaper, prior logbook experience and two rideouts of around 40-50kms
The current situation and then the future of MTB Leadership in the UK
Scottish, British and Welsh Cycling have been working closely with other partners over the last two years to create and develop a new suite of Leadership awards for the UK, the UK MTB Leadership Scheme. The original MBLA scheme is being phased out by December 2015.
What is happening to the current MBLA scheme?
If you currently hold a MBLA qualification or are about to complete one then this qualification will remain valid and accepted by the outdoor industry as 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 you will need to have completed your assessment before this date.
What is replacing the MBLA scheme?
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 the period up to 31 December 2015 the two schemes will run in parallel, with 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
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 has been developed to better reflect the current needs of guiding riders in wild and technical terrain. It has therefore become three days training and two days for assessment.
Can I transfer from the MBLA scheme to the new UKMBLS
Yes. Any TCL or MBL holder can transfer onto the new scheme by registering with BC.