Practical Cycle Awareness Training

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Become a better driver and gain qualifications through accredited training.

Practical Cycle Awareness Training, with funding from Transport Scotland, allows drivers of large vehicles and learner drivers to step into the shoes of more vulnerable road users, including those on bikes, on foot and those with disabilities to provide them with a greater understanding of their needs.

Email training@cycling.scot to enquire about this training.

Participants will spend time in the classroom, followed by a practical cycle training session to familiarise themselves with travelling by bicycle, foot, motorcycle and scooter.

By learning basic on-road cycling skills, carrying out bicycle safety checks and negotiating road junctions and traffic, drivers gained a better appreciation of the safety considerations from various road users’ perspectives.

Being JAUPT-accredited, this course counts towards 7 hours of driver CPC (Certificate of professional competence). PCAT also meet FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) Silver requirement ‘S5 Vulnerable road user training.

More than 1,000 LGV and PCV drivers undertake PCAT every year.

How long does it take?

This is a 1 day course.

What will I need?

You will need clothing appropriate for the weather, and a current photographic driving licence. Bicycles will be provided.

What will it cost?

Taster sessions are available for free.

For more information, please contact our training team at training@cycling.scot

Based upon our course for HGV and LGV drivers, this course is specifically designed to support people that drive for business and/or claim business mileage to be safer on the roads. 

The training is promotes increased hazard perception, and increased awareness of vulnerable road users, including those on bikes. It aims to provide participants with a greater understanding of their needs.  

During the training, drivers spend time in the classroom where they are taught about best practices to adopt around vulnerable road users in both rural and urban environments. 

They also have the opportunity to spend time on the bike and step in the shoes of someone cycling with the guidance of an expert instructor. 

How long does it take?

This is a 3.5 hour course.

What will I need?

You will need clothing appropriate for the weather, and a current photographic driving licence. Bikes and other equipment will be provided.

What will it cost?

Taster sessions are available for free.

For more information, please contact our training team at training@cycling.scot

The PCAT training is for learner drivers is aimed at secondary school pupils, learner drivers and driving instructors. It's composed of two elements:

  • 1-hour theory: this is classroom-based and is the popular choice for secondary schools and driving instructor groups. Participants spend time in the classroom where they are taught about best practices to adopt around vulnerable road users.
  • 2.5-hour practical training (optional): where participants have the opportunity to spend time on the bike and step into the shoes of someone cycling with the guidance of an expert instructor.

What will I need?

Candidates should wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Bikes and equipment may be provided, however, you may bring your own equipment if you prefer. 

What will it cost?

This is a free course.

For more information, please contact our training team at training@cycling.scot