An Introduction to CBT – Element 'A'
The beginning of your CBT course will take you through the basics of CBT courses, what the purpose of the course is and what the content covers. Your trainer will use examples to illustrate their points and your licence will be checked along with your eyesight. At the end of this element, you’ll understand the content and purpose of CBT, how to select the right equipment for riding a motorcycle or moped, and the costs involved.
Practical On-Site Training – Element 'B'
This is your introduction to the motorcycle. You’ll get a feel for the weight and balance of a motorbike and be able to show your knowledge of how the motorcycle works at the end of this element. You won’t start riding until the next element, but you will be able to perform basic safety checks, understand the motorcycle’s controls, be able to start and stop the engine, be able to wheel the motorcycle and brake the bike to a standstill. You will be taught these skills along with a maximum of three other students.
Practical On-Site Riding – Element ‘C’
Now you’ve covered the very basics and become familiar with the motorbike in Elements A and B, you can begin riding the motorcycle. Your motorcycle trainer will take you through some core skills and get you to practice them until they are happy you are safe to be taken out on public roads. These skills and techniques include rear observation, the OSM routine (observation – signal – manoeuvre), and PSL routine (position – speed – look).
All of these skills enable you to control the motorcycle safely when riding it. You’ll cover riding in a straight line, riding slowly, figure of eight riding, u-turns, braking, changing gears, emergency stopping, rear observation, and turning left and right. No more than three other students will accompany you on this part of the CBT course.
On-Road Training – Element ‘D’
Once you have completed the off-road theory and practical training, you’ll need to be prepared for the on-road element. Your group may need to be split at this point as it is a legal requirement that a trainer manages no more than two students for all on-road parts of a CBT course. Element ‘D’ of the On-road training is purely theoretical and your trainer will take you through all the information and theory needed to understand how to legally and safely ride on the road. These are the foundations of motorcycle riding and cover essential points such as:
· Legal requirements for riding on the road
· Being visible to other road users
· The vulnerability of motorcyclists
· Highway Code
· Road positioning
· Distances to maintain between you and other vehicles
· Rear observation
· Anticipating hazards and other driver’s behaviour
· Road surfaces
· Weather conditions
· Hazard perception
· Rider attitude
· Drugs and alcohol
Practical On-Road Riding – Element ‘E’
This is the final element of the CBT course, throughout which your trainer will assess if you are ready to ride on the road on your own. If they believe this to be the case, they will then issue you with a CBT certificate (DL196).
You’ll ride on the road with your trainer (and possibly one other student) for a minimum of two hours and be in radio contact with your trainer throughout this time. During this time you will need to demonstrate that you are able to cope with a variety of traffic conditions in a safe manner. Your trainer will request you to stop and discuss various aspects of your riding and explain how the theory you learned in previous elements should be put into practice over the course of this ride. The CBT certificate will only be signed when your trainer is confident you are safe to continue learning to ride on your own.
To ride without L plates and avoid the need to take a CBT course again in two years’ time to continue riding on the road, you will need an AM licence, or higher depending on your age.
- Train for the highest level motorcycle licence for your age
- Learn with an experienced trainer and no more than one other student
- Take your training in the same town or city you'll take your practical test in
- A quick over the phone assessment of your motorcycle skills so training can be tailored for you
- Sharpen your skills before getting back on your motorbike
- Train on a smaller machine to gain confidence
- Sharpen skills before you sitting your full licence test
- Develop your skills with impartial, helpful advice and expert tuition
- Improve observation, planning, machine control and hazard perception skills
- Become competent at navigating motorways and associated hazards
- Take pillion passengers with confidence and skill
- Learn to avoid the hazards that come with these new conditions
- Carried out by registered DVSA instructors
- The first step toward gaining an ‘Advanced Rider Award’
- If the initial assessment is passed, you'll be awarded a certificate without the need for further training
- An impartial assessment of your motorcycling skills
- A full report on your motorcycling skills
- Understand your strengths and areas for improvement
- The only government accredited rider development program in the UK
- Run by regulated, professional trainers and examiners
- Improve your skills with a particular focus on defensive and eco riding techniques
- A day and a half, beginning with a short theory session
- Cover 150 - 180 m with assessments and demonstration rides
- Numerous stops for road debriefs
- Concentrated Blue Riband Advanced Rider Training which spans a day and a half
- Standard Blue Riband Advanced Rider Training which is taken in sessions convenient for both student and instructor
- All courses are delivered on a 1 to 1 basis and endorsed by the DVSA
Tests are conducted by a different trainer/examiner as soon as possible after training has been completed.
Pillion Passengers Courses
Joining and leaving motorways
Normal motorway riding and filtering
Motorways and road markings
Using emergency telephones
The correct level of protective clothing for you and your passenger
The minimum age and size of pillion passengers
The correct seating and security for a pillion passenger
The correct foot pegs and hand rails for your pillion to use
What to do if you breakdown or have an accident when carrying a pillion passenger
Using rider to passenger communication equipment
Mounting and dismounting correctly
Correct seating positions and holding on
Actions of rider and pillion passenger when accelerating, braking, cornering, riding in slow traffic and filtering
Enhanced Rider Scheme assessments can only be carried out by registered DVSA instructors
This is the first step toward gaining an ‘Advanced Rider Award’ and involves an assessment of your skills. There is no test and if the initial assessment is passed, you will be awarded a certificate without the need for further training. If necessary, support and training to improve your riding skills will be given based on the findings of the assessment, after which you'll be reassessed.
Once you have been awarded your Enhanced Rider Scheme certificate, you may qualify for a reduced insurance premium with some insurance companies.
COURSES GIVE YOU
Qualify you to become a DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS) motorcycle instructor. This course is taken over 5 days and includes everything you need to pass your test on the first try and develop into a quality post test instructor.
- All training materials and aids included
- Learn instructional techniques for delivering Enhanced Rider Courses (ERS)
- An advanced rider qualification is required to take this course
- Courses taken in small groups
Prepares you for the dvsa’s instructor assessment and includes everything you need to pass the test on your first try
- All training materials and aids that will help you develop into a quality instructor.
- Learn instructional techniques for delivering Compulsory Basic Training Courses (CBT)
- Practice delivering the CBT to real students under instruction from your qualified tutor
Courses include all training materials and aids that will help you develop into a quality instructor. You can expect to learn instructional techniques for delivering Compulsory Basic Training Courses (CBT) as specified by the DVSA and will even be able to practice delivering the CBT to real students under instruction from your qualified tutor.
- DVSA and BTEC qualified instructor
- Low student to trainer ratios (2:1)
- All training and reference materials for the course included
The assessment at Cardington is taken over a two-day period and once you have successfully completed this you are able to apply for the DVSA Certified Motorcycle Instructor Certificate for CBT, find work with a DVSA approved Training body (ATB) or even start your own ATB.
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