The CBT is not a test or forgone conclusion of success, it is a learning process where you must show a basic competence in all aspects of the course. Training usually takes one day but on occasions, additional training sessions are required before the final part of the course is conducted (Element E - on road riding).
If successful, you’ll be given a CBT certificate which lasts for 2 years. To continue riding after that time, you’ll need to re-sit the CBT course.
If you are not a driver, it is vital that you read and understand the Highway Code before attending the CBT course. We strongly advise that you know what all road signs mean and understand the rules of the road, for your own safety and for the safety of others. One of the biggest reasons for non-completion of training is a lack of preparation in this area…there will be friendly testing of your knowledge as the 2 hour road ride, cannot take place if deemed unsafe.
The CBT course usually takes one day to complete. Courses start at 8.30am prompt and the day is
broken down into five elements:
Element A: This section explains the need for correct clothing, what to look for when you buy it, the importance of wearing protective clothing and the legality of safety helmets.
Element B: This is where you will be introduced to your motorcycle or scooter. The instructor will explain the controls and you will be given some guidance on basic machine maintenance, with special emphasis on safety.
Element C: This is where you start learning to ride, beginning with moving off and stopping and developing your skills through a variety of exercises until you are ready to go on the road.
Element D: After a short break, you will be given a road safety briefing over a cuppa. This is a classroom based session about how to ride on the road safely. You are expected to already have a good understanding of the Highway Code. (You can bring your own lunch or dine at the nearby café)
Element E: Minimum (legal requirement) two hour road ride. Your instructor will issue you with a radio, ready for your on-road session. This will last at least 2 hours and will involve a variety of roads.
There will be regular stops to discuss aspects of the ride, with debriefing sessions and discussion of various road hazards to include:
We work hard to schedule your training sessions, so casual alterations can
cause us a lot of extra work. We must have at least 4 clear days’ notice, if
you want to change training dates (i.e. for a CBT on a Saturday, you would
have to cancel or amend it by 4pm the Monday before). Any alterations
within this time will cause the loss of your deposit or if within 24 hours of
your training session, the full cost will be applied.
Our courses run rain or shine and will only be cancelled by us in dangerous weather conditions, such as snow, ice, thick fog, or very high winds. In such an instance, we will re-schedule your training on another date convenient to you and of course, there will be no extra cost.