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Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)


CBT - What is included?

  • All training
  • CBT certificate
  • Loan Moped or Motorcycle
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof over trousers

What age do I have to be?

  • Age 16 Ride a 50cc moped (geared or automatic)
  • Age 17+ Ride a 125cc learner bike (geared or automatic)
  • Regulated and approved by the DSA
  • Full Member, represented on MRTA Executive

What is CBT?

CBT is a course of instruction and assessment for new riders wanting to ride a moped or geared motorcycle. It’s the first legal step, and must by law be taken by any new rider before they get on the road using “L” plates.

Don’t worry if you have never ridden before, as the course is aimed at complete novices with no experience at all. Our instructors take you through all the elements, so you safely learn whilst feeling confident and happy.

What will I be taught?


Element A
The aims and objectives of the course. This is classroom based. You will be introduced to the course, told all about the legal part of riding such as MOT, insurance and licence requirements. You will also be told about correct gear to use and the basics about learning to ride safely.
30 to 40 mins

Element C
Practical on-site training. The next steps are to move off safely, take correct observations and learn how to use the clutch. We slowly build your experience from slow riding, up to figures of 8 and emergency breaking. Towards the end of this session you will practice right and left turns. All of this is done from our large off road sites.
2 to 3 hrs approx

Element B
Introduction to learning the controls Here you will be shown all around the bike. You will learn what each of the controls does, how to do basic checks such as tyre pressures, filling with petrol and oil levels. Taking the bike on and off the stand. Walking the bike and how to properly start it are all covered.
45 mins approx

Element D
Classroom training on road safety. Now you will have a chance for a break and have an important chat about how to stay safe on the road. Many aspects are covered including Highway Code, vulnerability, visibility, defensive riding and legalities.
1 hour

Element E
Practical riding on the roads. Your instructor will fit you with a radio and then gradually introduce you to the roads. We start off on quiet back roads with little traffic and then gradually build your confidence and experience of all sorts of traffic. We don't expect you to be an expert as this is CBT and we are just looking for a basic safe standard. The road ride lasts for a minimum of two hours. It's important to note this is a legal requirement and anyone offering less is breaking the law!
Minimum 2 hours


How long does it take?
We are proud that 92% of our customers get through with one day of training, but please remember that different people do learn at different speeds. If you need to have more work on any element you can always return to carry on another day. Your safety comes first at all times.

At the end of the course you will be given a CBT pass certificate, this is also called a DL196. The certificate last for two years and allows you to ride a learner bike or moped on the road and also lets you be able to go forward to take your full practical test.

What do I need to attend?
You will need the plastic photo card of your UK car drivers or provisional licence, be able to read a number plate at 20.5 metres, suitable clothing (we provide helmets, gloves and jackets) and you will need a basic understanding of the highway code and road signs. Do remember the course is for total novices so you will not be expected to be able to ride at all. Just a sensible attitude and a smile will be great.