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5.00 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
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VRQ Level 3 Professional Advanced Cycle Mechanics ACM17T


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VRQ 601/4577/8 QCF Level 3 Advanced Professional Cycle Mechanic Qualification for Civilian, Trade and Military Personnel – teaching and practical assessment 17 days / knowledge assessment completion 4 days – Cost £2500

Advanced General Cycle Mechanics and Specialist Components – a complete professional programme – all you will see in a busy professional cycle workshop – latest techology to older and vintage cycle systems – No Extra Cost Short Course Required.

Programme: Customer Care, Legislation, Risk assessment, Pricing, Sourcing Cycles and Parts, General Mechanics, Hydraulic Brakes, Suspension Systems, Internal Hub Gears, Factory Wheel Hubs, Headset and BB bearings, Frame Alignment, Bar tape, Internal Cable Routing, Pedals service, Electric Assist Bikes, Electronic Gearing Systems.

Cycle Systems and Components -Hope/Mavic/Shimano/Campag/Chris King/Fulcrum/Shimano Di2/Campag EPS/Sram ETap/Sturmey Archer/Shimano Nexus and Alfine/Rohloff/Tektro/Avid/Marzzochi/RockShox/Manitou/SunTour and more

Optional own bike service and wheel build – parts additional cost.

For information on Vocationally Recognised Qualification’s contact

Trainer: Bryan is an industry assessor and internal verifyer and pro team circuit Master Cycle Technician.

Learners: Cycle Trade, Cycle business start up, Cycle Hire and Mobile Mechancis, Resettelemtn and career change to Cycle Industry, Pro Team Mechanics, Cycle Adventure, Tour and Self supported long Distance Touring.

Course dates can be split and staged over 24 month maximum period contact for details

The skills and knowledge acquired are the highest level of training for career development in the cycle maintenance and repairs industry.

This is a complete professional course.

2018 all dates now full – email to be placed on cancellation list

2019 dates full to August – further dates for Autumn 2019 coming soon

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9 reviews for VRQ Level 3 Professional Advanced Cycle Mechanics ACM17T

  1. 5 out of 5


    Hi Julie and Bryan,

    Home at last, I got in at 11pm last night, weather really warm, so had a beer then bed!

    Just wanted to give you a big thanks for looking after us and passing on all that fantastic knowledge (which will be put to good use). I have ideas flying around in my head all over the place, so need to sit down with a notebook and sort them all out.
    Take care and thanks again. Brian

  2. 5 out of 5


    Thank you for your hospitality and organisation for the past few weeks, I have really enjoyed my time with you.

  3. 5 out of 5



    I would just like to thank you for an excellent course over the last 2 weeks. I very much enjoyed it and learnt a huge amount. I never had the opportunity to thank Brian so please do pass on my thanks to him.
    Back to reality now with 11-12 hour days stuck largely behind a computer!

    Best Regards

  4. 5 out of 5


    Leaving the Army and starting a new job or business is a difficult task, which, should be made easier by the Career Transition Workshop (CTW). Gaining the correct up to date qualifications for your new job or business venture is just sensible thinking; my venture was in bicycles and Downland Cycles made gaining those qualifications very easy. I completed the Frame building course and the bike mechanics level 3 (professional). Finding the courses I wanted was easy through the ELCAS website, booking each module was no hassle what so ever.

    The training was mature, easy going and catered for all levels of experience with a well stocked workshop and plenty of room for 6 students. The majority of the Mechanics course was taught by one instructor with the odd lesson taken by another, maintaining continuity. The accommodation slept 6 students and was on site which is ideal, allowing for late night revision. It was warm with a TV, fridge as well as plenty of reading material, there was enough space so not to be in each others pockets. 3 Meals per day is provided with breakfast being cereals or toast; lunch was different each day and could consist of sandwiches, pork pies or even both with crisps and biscuits; evening meal is very good home cooked stew, curry or really anything the group wanted. Biscuits with tea/coffee is provided throughout the day; all food is provided in the accommodation cost.

    Support after the course is just a phone call away, with the option to attend courses which you have already completed as an observer. The only additional charge for this is accommodation if you would like it. As a leaving gift you are awarded a CD with all the information and links you would need as well as a Downland Cycles T-shirt, not to mention some new friends.

    Downland Cycles is exactly what a service leaver needs to prepare. The staff have a wealth of experience and give advice over and above what you would expect; an offer to assist you with setting up in business with trade accounts is also given.
    I can highly recommend, and commend, Bryan, Julie and team for the service and support they provide our service leavers
    R Skivington
    Royal Tank Regiment (RTR)

  5. 5 out of 5


    Dear Julie and Bryan,
    I just wanted to drop you a quick note to express my thanks for all your help over the last year or so.
    The advanced cycle maintenance course that I attended at Downland Cycles through the Enhanced
    Learning Credit scheme was a great platform for me to move from a military career to pursuing the
    set up of my own bicycle maintenance business. I found the material covered in the course was
    exactly what was required. ln addition to this, the ongoing advice and support you continue to
    provide on both business and technical support related matters has been invaluable. I would highly
    recommend Downland Cycles to anyone who is leaving the armed forces and is considering a career
    in the cycle maintenance business. I look forward to your continued support.
    Craig McClelland
    Spokey Cycles

  6. 5 out of 5


    Dear Julie, Brian and Martin.
    I’d just like to thank you all for an excellent 2 weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and got a lot out of it which will be useful in my part time job at the bike shop. Hopefully I can get down to do some of your other courses in the not too distant future. Give a big hug to Obie for me.
    Kind regards.
    Vince Harris

  7. 5 out of 5


    Hi Julie,
    thank you
    Had a week off but got a specialised mountain bike to work on and I have a set of rockshox coming in that need a service so all good practice.
    Thank you again for looking after me, I really enjoyed the course and appreciate everything that you both did, please pass on my thanks once again to Brian for everything I am now looking forward to putting into practice everything he taught us,
    Kindest Regards,

  8. 5 out of 5


    Juli and Brian
    Just want to send a massive thank you for all your hospitality the room food and workshops were all top class, the food was awesome although I am around 1 stone heavier definitely worth I though.
    The lessons and teaching were second to none I don’t think there was anything Brian didn’t know about bikes ha ha . And a massive thanks to Brian for bailing me out with repairs.
    All the best
    Pete goodwin

  9. 5 out of 5


    I wanted to write to thank you and Brian for an excellent training session last month.
    I really enjoyed it and learned so much. I have also gained the confidence as I have a much better appreciation of how things work and no longer view it all as a mystery.
    My bike rides so smoothly now as a result of the clean and tune up we gave it. It is much better than any service I have ever had at a LBS. I also know that I can keep it running this way each time I ride.
    I know Brian likes the odd anecdote that he can share with future students, so I will give you one.
    My other bike is a fixed wheel. I took it in for a service and complete overhaul about a year ago at my LBS. Ever since I have found it a real struggle to ride. I have had to get off the bike while climbing a few local hills that I could previously ride up. I have also been suffering from some back pain and hamstring pain after riding my local 40 mile route on it. I have put it down to the aging process (mine not the bike’s!).
    Anyway, last weekend I got it out and gave it a deep clean and tune up using my new skills and new tools. I got it up on the stand, removed the cranks and gave the chain ring a good clean. While cleaning it – I noticed that it was a 50 tooth chain ring. The chain ring I previously had prior to my service was a 48 tooth version. I checked the sprocket at the back and same thing – my old sprocket was an 18 tooth version but it had been changed to a 16 tooth. So without consulting me, my LBS had turned my 48×18 fixie into a 50X16 version. This is nearly a 20% increase in gear size and hence difficulty !!! No wonder I was struggling with it. In addition the chain was cheap and has stretched, the chain ring was from a basic shimano double and has been rapidly worn out. So I will soon replace these parts myself and get it back to its former self and will hopefully get up those hills.
    All the very best

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