CBT Course Details

Compulsory basic training / CBT course overview

Course start: 8.30am. We ask that you arrive 5-10 mins early, as the CBT course starts at 8.30am prompt.  Please be aware that If you miss the start of the course you will lose your opportunity to take the course and will need to book yourself in again.

Depending on ability the length of the course can vary so please allow a full day.  We aim to be finished by around 4-4.30pm however the course duration is largely set by the size of the group and riding ability.  The course follows a set structure with time allocated to each section; you must complete each module successfully to move through the course and complete your CBT.  If you are unsure of your ability you may want to consider taking the ‘Peace of mind’ policy out at the point of booking.

The training covers 3 main areas of being a motorcyclist – Theory, Motorcycle Safety, Practical Motorcycle training – all of which are broken down as follows:

The CBT Course has 5 elements:

  • Introduction and eyesight check
    You will undergo an eyesight check, learn about safety clothing including helmets and theory element of the course.
  • Practical on-site training
    Here you’ll get to grips with controls, how to use the stand, basic maintenance, manoeuvring the bike from still and starting/stopping the engine.
  • Practical on-site riding
    Discover pulling away, changing gear, braking, slow speed manoeuvring, emergency stopping, observation and turning.
  • Practical on-road training
    Where you will be reminded of all the things you need to be aware of before you head out onto the road, including your position in the road when riding, speed, awareness and highway code.
  • Practical on-road riding
    Now you’re ready to go on the road, you will be taken through all types of typical road situation including roundabouts, traffic lights, junctions, gradients, Approach all areas of road riding here including junctions, lights, roundabouts, bends,

You’ll move from one element to the next when your trainer is happy you’ve:

  • Learnt the theory
  • Shown the practical skills to a safe basic level

Rest assured our instructors are there to help you every step of the way – our aim is to get you through your CBT a safe and competent rider. As mentioned however if you doubt your ability in any way, taking out the ‘Peace of mind’ policy means you will be able to attend the course again should your ability not reach the required standard.

How many people will you train with?

You might train with other learners. The maximum number allowed is:

  • 4 learners per trainer for on-site elements
  • 2 learners per trainer for on-road elements

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CBT certificate of completion

When you complete compulsory basic training (CBT) to at least the minimum standard, you’ll get a certificate of completion – also called a DL196.

Your certificate of completion lets you ride a moped or a motorbike up to 125cc on the road with L plates for 2 years (L or D plates in Wales).

If you haven’t passed your full motorcycle test in 2 years, you’ll can to take CBT course again.

Many people repeat their CBT every two years if they have no plans on riding larger motorcycles – many just want more experience on the road before riding something more powerful.

If you would like to learn more about riding then a guide is available on the DSA website – The Official DSA Guide to Learning to Ride.