Becoming a motorbike trainer

Becoming a motorbike trainer

Training people to ride a motorbike can be a very rewarding career: you’ll help people learn to ride safely so they can enjoy riding a motorbike to the full.

The job involves working with all sorts of people so you’ll need good people skills as well as

  • patience and understanding
  • a thorough knowledge of the theory and practice of riding
  • an ability to teach
  • an awareness of changes in the regulations for motorbike tests, as well as riding instruction.

There are four different types of trainer.

  • A DVSA-assessed CBT instructor can deliver compulsory basic training (CBT); they can also down-train up to 10 other instructors within the same approved training body (ATB).
  • A down-trained instructor is trained by a DVSA-assessed CBT instructor to deliver CBT.
  • A direct access scheme instructor can train riders over the age of 24 to ride on a larger bike. Direct access scheme instructors can also deliver courses and most can down-train other instructors.
  • Post-test motorcycle trainer: instructors can apply to join the voluntary register of post-test motorcycle trainers (RPMT) for instructors who deliver training to riders who’ve passed their test and want to develop their riding skills, eg through the enhanced rider scheme.

Use this quick test on GOV.UK to find out whether you can become an instructor.

There’s no charge to take the CBT and direct access scheme instructor assessments, but there are fees for other types of motorcycle trainer tests and registration.

See the guide to motorcycle instructor test fees on GOV.UK.