Month: June 2017

Cytech Certified

I’ve been a bit preoccupied recently, mostly with working on bikes, and on Thursday / Friday last week, I went on a course to achieve the Cytech Technical One. I passed the Theory One a few months back, so I now have the full certification.

I work in IT, which I love, and I’m definitely not planning on a career change. I did the course for fun mostly, and I’m aiming to save money on looking after my own bike.

It was a great course, held at ATG in London. I had to get up at 5:30am both days, which I wasn’t a fan of, but it was definitely worth it.

A criticism of the curriculum is that the technical two is ten days, but incorporates level one. There’s no way to save money by not repeating what you’ve already learnt if you’ve done the one, and they advise that if you’re eventually aiming to do technical two, to skip technical one and go straight for two.

This is pretty inflexible, especially if you’re self-funding, as it already costs £600 plus expenses to do the one. The other issue is getting time off of work. It’s ten days, and I asked whether it was feasible to split the Technical Two course up and do it in stages – that was a no. This is a lot of time to get off work in one go, especially if like me, you’re pursuing it for reasons other than starting / changing career.

So I’ll probably explore some other avenues of getting training, and then perhaps go for the assessment-only, which is one day.