PROFICIENCY EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS AT (CABS) CENTRAL ALBERTA BICYCLE SCHOOL:
- We endeavour to only enrol students who have a reasonable expectation of success. It is our goal that graduates of the CABS program qualify for gainful employment as a bicycle mechanic.
- With our stated goal in mind, we consider it unethical to enrol any student that we assess would not be successful or would not reasonably expect to complete our courses.
- We have no means to pre-screen applicants other than rely on a self-assessment method. Therefore, we ask that all applicants read the following proficiency expectations before applying.
BASIC MATHEMATICS SKILLS
Students must have the ability to effectively use a calculator. Students must understand how to do basic mathematical equations such as add, subtract, multiply and divide. Students must have an elementary ability to use a computer spreadsheet. Such as opening a spreadsheet file and entering fields. For the purpose of some bicycle mechanic skills, the understanding of number, decimals and some conversions are required.
UNDERSTANDING AND COMPREHENSION - THE ENGLISH-LANGUAGE
All hands-on sessions and written tests and assignments are in the queen’s English. It is therefore required that all applicants have the ability to read English and comprehend the English spoken language. No other language is offered. The manual the CABS program is based on is the Barnett’s Manual, which at this time is only offered in English. The Barnett’s Manual is a copyrighted work of literature and therefore we do not copy or translate the text in whole or in part.
Our instructor(s) are proficient in English only. In the event a student is hearing impaired, they must have the ability to lip read English and communicate at that level. Our instructions do not have the ability to sign.
Students should demonstrate a strong attention to detail and the ability to stick to written instructions.
READING TECHNICAL LANGUAGE
Students are expected to read English technical writings equivalent to a typical Canadian grade ten high school level.
BASIC USER COMPUTER SKILLS
Students must have the basics of computer operation; specifically the use of web browsers, email, online form filling, opening, saving and closing documents on any of the operating systems used today.
BICYCLE RIDING SKILLS
You must be able to ride a bicycle. Understand how to shift gears, apply brakes, fill air in tires and know what PPE related to cycling to wear.