Compulsory Basic Training

Who needs to take training

Compulsory basic training (CBT) is a course you usually have to take before you ride a moped or motorcycle on the road. Please see Infographic if unsure what you can ride and at what age..

The training makes sure you can ride safely on your own while you practise for your full moped or motorcycle test.

CBT is not a test that you pass or fail, it is training and an assessment of your ability to ride a motorcycle or moped safely on the road. If a good standard of riding is not shown there is no guarantee of receiving a certificate on the day.

Further training may be required.

Taster sessions are available if you are unsure whether a motorcycle or CBT is right for you, come and have a try in the safety of our training area before coming for CBT

To book and complete a CBT you must have a UK provisional or Full licence. Unfortunately you cannot take a CBT on an EU or International licence

After you’ve completed a CBT, you can ride a:

  • moped if you’re 16 or over (Auto or Manual)
  • motorcycle up to 125cc and with a power output of up to 11kW if you’re 17 or over (Auto or Manual)
  • Must wear a certified helmet – ECER 22.05 or ECER 22.06
  • Must use L plates (L or D plates in Wales).
  • Must not carry a pillion passenger

How the training works

The CBT course usually lasts a full day. It can take longer depending on how quickly you learn.

There are 5 parts to the course:

  • introduction and eyesight check
  • on-site training
  • on-site riding
  • on-road training
  • on-road riding

The CBT course syllabus tells you more about what’s involved in each part.

Your eyesight will be checked – you will be required you to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate; 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate. This will be from a set distance from a parked car or a number plate fixed on a wall. New-style number plates start with two letters followed by two numbers, eg AB12 ABC.

If the eyesight check is not completed satisfactorily the CBT will not go ahead.

We would highly recommend taking the Ride Free E-learning course this is a theory type test that will help you update your knowledge of the Highway Code

You move from one part to the next when you and your Instructor are happy you’ve:

  • learnt the theory
  • shown the practical skills to a safe basic level

On-road riding

The on-road riding element must last a minimum of 2 hours and you will be expected to negotiate junctions, roundabouts, traffic lights etc in a safe manner bringing together the skills you have learnt in the off road element of the CBT.

How many people you’ll train with

You might train with other learners. There’s a maximum number of:

  • 4 learners per Instructor for on-site parts
  • 2 learners per Instructor for on-road parts

If you’d prefer a 1:1 training session then we can accommodate this please ask on booking

When you complete the course

You’ll get a ‘certificate of completion’ (sometimes called a ‘DL196’) when you successfully complete the course.

You can then ride a moped or motorcycle up to 125cc and with a power output of up to 11kW on the road with L plates (L or D plates in Wales).

You must pass your Theory Test and full moped or motorcycle test within 2 years otherwise you’ll need to complete a CBT again or stop riding.

We also offer confidence days after your CBT to improve your riding skills. The confidence day can help build your ability making you a more confident safer rider and can be the next step towards DAS, A1, A2 if you are not quite ready to make the jump to the bigger bike.

If you have any questions or wish to book a motorcycle training course please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Call: 07785 918765

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