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MIAS - Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme Header

MIAS is the mountain bike instructor's awards scheme.

The awards have accreditation with the association of British Cycle Coaches and the Cyclists Touring Club, they are recognised by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service and have been accredited to National Vocational Qualifications standard. These professional awards are widely recognised throughout the outdoor industry linking with and standing alongside other yardstick outdoor qualifications such as the Basic Expedition Leader and the Mountain Leaders awards.

For a deeper insight into these awards visit the MIAS website.

Level 1- Basic skills

Allows access into low level terrain, with little potential hazards such as country parks, canal towpaths and way marked cycle routes where help is almost immediately accessible. Candidate wishing to be assessed for level 1 should have strong of road cycling skills.

Level 2- Intermediate skills

Allows access into wild country, with the potential hazards that surround such terrain. Candidates wishing to be assessed for level 2 must be in possession of the Basic Expedition Leader award or equivalent such as Walking Group Leader or Accredited Prior Learning and relevant experience. For low level rides on bridleways below 600 metres in wilderness areas such as trail centres and the Peak District. This award is used outside the UK at altitudes above 600M to lead groups on cycle/mountain bike routes that are defined by map and ground. 

For harsh big mountain terrain on non recognised routes a MBL3 award should be sought.

Level 3 Advanced skills

Allows access into mountainous terrain and the potential hazards that surround such an environment. Candidates wishing to be assessed for level 3 should have a Mountain Leader award, Walking Group Leader at the appropriate  level or extensive Accredited Prior Learning and mountain experience. This level covers areas as defined as mountainous by the MLTB and is recognised throughout Europe.


  • Group management

  • Responsibilities of the group leader

  • Navigation

  • Access and conservation

  • General skills

  • Technical skills

  • Personal equipment

  • Group equipment

  • Weather

  • Additional interests and required knowledge


Level 1/2/3 courses consist of training and assessment over three days. Level 1 and 2 courses run together with the candidate and tutor deciding which level of assessment is to be undertaken during the training phase.

Notes for guidance:

Prospective candidates should have a genuine interest in leading groups in an off road environment and possess the necessary bike handling skills for their chosen level, as well as posessing all the necessary personal equipment prior to assessment.

During the assessment stage candidates will be expected to lead and manage a group and give both technical and skills demonstrations.

It is unlikely that you will have acquired the experience needed for a level 2 award without at least two years mountain biking experience and it is advantageous to have acted as an assistant leader on group rides this will help familiarise the candidate with the skills and working practices involved in mountain bike leadership.

All candidates are asked to submit a brief resume of their riding, leading and outdoor experience to support their application.

If a candidate is unsure they possess the necessary skills for the level they wish to be assessed they should first book onto one of our skills courses at the appropriate level prior to assessment or contact us for advice.

Whilst it is possible to be assessed without a first aid certificate it is mandatory to hold one for the awards to be valid.

Andalucia is the perfect training/riding environment to undertake a MIAS award. We run 3 day training and assessment courses throughout the year.

The price for a 3 day training assessment course is 300 Euros including registration and certification.

If you are a group of 3 or more, dates can be agreed on prior arrangement.

Contact sierramtbmalaga@gmail.com for more information or to book onto a course.