City and Guilds

Nottingham Bikeworks provides accredited City and Guilds cycle mechanic courses.

Level 3: entry level award in cycle mechanics

Level 1: award in more advanced cycle mechanics

Level 2: 10-day certified course providing an industry standard qualification for professional mechanics

Level 2 City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Cycle Mechanics (3902-28)

Training for individuals keen to learn advanced cycle maintenance. Perfect for those working in the cycle industry or cycle enthusiasts.

Course outline:

Day 1 Induction and workshop rules. Health and safety procedures. British and European standards for bicycles. Repair a cycle puncture on rear wheel derailleur bike. Tyres and tubes.
Day 2 Remove, assess and refit a rim brake assembly (V-brakes, canti and dual pivot plus replacing cables). Also basic set up and maintenance of cable operated and hydraulic disc brakes (this is not assessed).
Day 3 Remove, service and refit complete derailleur gear system. Includes chain, cassette/freewheel, crankset, shifters and cables.
Day 4 Remove, service and refit wheel hub bearings, freehubs, loose and cartridge bearings.
Day 5 Remove, service and refit bottom brackets – adjustable, cartridge and external. Facing and chasing of bottom bracket shells.
Day 6 Remove, service and replace headset assemblies: quill and ahead. Facing and Reaming of the headtube.
Day 7 Building a cycle wheel: lacing and truing, theory and practice.
Day 8 Build a cycle wheel: recap theory, practice then assessment.
Day 9 Augment a cycle by fitting accessories (mudguards, lights, rack). Carry out a systematic M-Check
Day 10 Change a cycle frame: strip a bike to its bare frame and then rebuild and adjust.

Each topic is assessed during the training. On successful completion you will be awarded a City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate  in Cycle Mechanics (3902-28).

Course dates and costs

Cost: £1,000 – with £200 to pay on booking

Dates: Flexible – we deliver these over 10 days. The schedule could be for example five days for two weeks or one day for 10 months. What ever fits best around your life.

For all enquiries contact

Our premises and facilities

Training is provided in our Raleigh Community Workshop. Each student will have access to a fully equipped workstation, workstand and professional bicycle tools. We also provide parts and teaching materials, including a free copy of the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair to take away.

We aim to create a friendly and comfortable atmosphere where everyone feels relaxed. Free refreshments are available throughout the day and lunch is provided.

All you need to bring is your enthusiasm and a wilingness to learn.