I just finished a gig as a CAN-BIKE instructor with a group of municipal employees here in Waterloo Region, and learned as much as I taught.
The CAN-BIKE program (Canada's recreational cycling education program) has been revised for 2017, with an online component, and a trimmed-down instructional component, reducing the instruction hours for accomplished riders to 12 hours from the previous 18 hours. The reduction is to make the program more accessible for the average user, and more deliverable by municipalities (through parks and recs programs, generally).
For me, it was sweating out how to deliver the guts of the program in a reduced format. And because it is a new program, CAN-BIKE and people like me are feeling our way around to just how it will be delivered. CAN-BIKE Level 4 is advertised as a 12-hour program, but you have to have some prep time (for preparing the in-class portion and for riding the routes in the on-the-road portion) so the actual teaching time is 10 hours.
There's a lot of ground to cover in 10 hours: the bike and the law, destination planning and road position, group riding, traffic dynamics, gearing, preparing for weather conditions, the drills in the parking lot and the actual riding through residential streets and major arterials (heck, you could talk for an hour about riding through roundabouts).
I think I spent 10 hours in prep time: doing flip charts for the class, assembling handouts, emailing back and forth with the sponsoring municipality, mapping and riding the routes. I was dreaming CAN-BIKE for the week up to the classes.
The class is over, and I'm pretty happy with how it went. Now, to start sweating the next one.