Compulsory Basic Training

You will need to complete Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) for motorcyclists if;

  • You want to ride a moped – The definition of a moped is that does not have an engine over 50cc and has a maximum designed speed not exceeding 50km/h (approximately 31 mph).
  • You want to ride a motorcycle.  If you obtained your full car licence before the 1st of February 2001 you do not need to complete a CBT to ride a moped.

Your CBT certificate lasts for 2 years from the date of issue.

Our CBT Courses start at 10.00am and typically take around 6 to 8 hours.  

It is sometimes necessary for a CBT course to take longer if the customer is novice motorcyclist, your safety and the safety of others is paramount.

What’s in the course?

The CBT course consists of 5 elements. Each must be completed before moving onto the next element. You will only move onto the next element once your instructor is satisfied that you have understood the necessary theory and demonstrated the practical skills to a safe basic level.

Element A

  • Introduction
  • EyeSight Check
  • Helmets & Clothing


Element B

  • Motorcycle Controls
  • Daily & Weekly Checks
  • Stands
  • Pushing the motorcycle
  • Starting & Stopping the Engine


Element C

  • Pulling away & stopping
  • Steering
  • Gear changing (if applicable)
  • Slow control
  • Controlled & emergency stops
  • Simulated left & right turns


Element D

  • A 30-minute briefing on motorcycle awareness and 10-minute pre-road ride briefing.


Element E

  • Consists of a road ride. This will be a minimum of 2 hours in duration.
  • Novice motorcyclists often need further training for this element and will be on the road for an extended period of time or be required to return on another day.