Are you ready to become a motorcycle trainer?

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

Different types of trainer

There are 4 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 motorcycle. 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; for example, through the enhanced rider scheme.

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

What does it cost to become a trainer?

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

What skills do I need?

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 motorcycle tests, as well as riding instruction.

You can refresh your skills and knowledge by reading the following titles.

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