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.
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.
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.