BGA Assistant Instructor Courses

Course information

BGA Assistant Instructor courses are facilitated by the BGA and delivered at gliding clubs. A significant amount of the training can be carried out at the candidates home club over whatever time period the candidate chooses.

The Assistant Intructor entry requirements are 75 hours P1 gliding, a Silver badge and your CFI’s recommendation. The detail is published here.The detail is published here.

You can read about the course content in the Assistant Instructor training handbook.

The course is currently designed to take experienced, current glider pilots and at the end produce capable and confident gliding instructors who can support their club’s training needs. The course is split into a number of elements that need to be completed in order;

  • BGA facilitated ‘Teaching and Learning’ seminar (a winter weekend). Known as the A module. This can be done anytime during the club-based training.
  • Club-based preparation training (flexible – as many days you require!). Known as the B module. No need to wait to complete the A module before starting the B module!
  • BGA facilitated feedback/training review (a weekend). Known as the C module.
  • BGA facilitated training course (5-7 consecutive days). Known as the D module. Well worth booking this as soon as you are confident the B module training is progressing well.

Heres a video that explains how the modular course works – produced by the BGA training Manager, Mike Fox.

The course format is always evolving to ensure that it is as time efficient as is reasonably possible and that it continues to meet course candidates needs.

There is a course fee.  Flying fees and other related costs vary according to local arrangements with the club involved. Some clubs sponsor their candidates through reduced flying rates or cash contribution in exchange for commitment. Younger pilots enjoy a significantly reduced course fee and may be eligible for grant funding.

Booking a Course

After discussing the matter with your CFI, please contact the BGA office to book a course place. Before submitting an application form, we recommend you talk to the office – please call Mon-Fri 8-4 on 0116 289 2956. Or email

The Assistant Instructor Course application form is available here.

Who can provide the club-based preparation training (B module)?

Any CFI or experienced gliding instructor. This training is usually provided one-on-one at the candidates home club whenever mutually convenient. The required detail is in the training handbook. BGA facilitated ‘Flight Instructor Coach’ seminars are provided for those who feel they need to understand more about training instructors. Any CFI who is in doubt about delivering this preparation training at their club can seek advice from Mike Fox, the BGA Training Standards Manager.

Does completing this course qualify me as an EASA Flight Instructor (Sailplanes)?

By holding a BGA assistant instructor rating (and other required experience, eg hours, etc), a glider pilot who holds a LAPL(S) or SPL can apply to add an EASA FCL FI(S) certificate to their existing SPL or LAPL(S), or include the EASA FCL FI(S) certificate when converting to an SPL or LAPL(S).

When and where does the BGA facilitated training take place?

This list is periodically updated as courses are arranged. Please contact the office if you need more information.

Course Dates Location Places
A Module 7th - 8th September 2019 Banbury GC - Hinton in the Hedges 8
A Module 2nd - 3rd November 2019 Scottish Gliding Centre (Portmoak) 8
A Module 16th - 17th November 2019 Lasham GC 8
A Module 18th - 19th January 2020 York Gliding Centre 8
C Module 25th - 26th May 2019 Banbury GC - Hinton in the Hedges Full
C Module 17th - 18th August 2019 Lasham 4
C Module 5th - 6th October 2019 Shenington G.C 2
D Module 22nd - 28th July 2019 London GC - Dunstable Full
D Module 2nd - 8th September 2019 London GC - Dunstable 2
D Module 23rd - 29th September 2019 The Gliding Centre (Hus Bos) 1
D Module 14th - 20th October 2019 The Gliding Centre (Hus Bos) 3