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Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)
Before you can take a CBT course, you’ll need to hold a provisional driving licence (or a full driving licence). A provisional licence is required to learn to drive any vehicle on the road.
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Course: Learn to Ride
  • Fully inclusive course
  • Training tailored to your specific needs
  • Safely ride a 50cc moped or 125cc motorcycle on the road when complete.
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If you're 15 years 9 month or older You can apply for a provisional licence
This will enable you to take your CBT training
With a CBT DL 196 certificate, you can legally ride on UK roads
To ride without L plates and avoid the need to take a CBT course again in two years’ time, you will need an AM licence, or higher, depending on your age.
Just five steps to riding a motorcycle or moped on UK roads
From element 'A' through to 'E' our fully inclusive and tailored CBT courses will have you able to legally ride on UK roads within about a day.
CBT certification is required for nearly all motorcycle riders in the UK
Once you have your DL 196 certificate, you can go on to obtain a full motorcycle licence to ride without L plates and take a pillion passenger.
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Becoming a licenced motorcycle rider
What the CBT involves
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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.

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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.

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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

· Speed

· 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

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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.

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Full Licence Training
Once you have successfully completed your CBT course and obtained your DL196 Certificate, you’ll need further training and testing to obtain a full motorcycle licence.
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Course: Full Licence Training
  • 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
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Full licence training, often referred to as 'Direct Access Training'
Allows you to become licensed for the highest powered motorbike you can ride for your age group. If you are 24 or over, you'll be able to go straight to a 'A' licence and ride a higher powered motorcycle.
Direct Access Training enables you to train for and obtain the highest level motorcycle licence for your age
We carry out all full licence training courses on a maximum 2 students to 1 instructor ratio.
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LICENCE TESTING
Motorcycle Licence Tests
Each motorcycle licence test is basically the same. The only difference being the power of the motorbike you will ride throughout the practical testing period. Lower powered bikes (125cc) are used for AM and A1 level while higher powered bikes (500cc-650cc) are used for A2 and A (full) motorcycle licence testing.
Licence testing is broken into
two parts
1 Module
On-site testing, which is carried out away from all other traffic on a DVSA approved test site with safe tarmac riding conditions and on-road testing.
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2 Module
The second module of the test usually takes around 35 - 40 minutes and is on public roads covering a range of road and traffic conditions. A DVSA examiner will follow you for this period.
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Training for all Motorcycle Licence Types
We'll keep you updated on your progress throughout the training period
And perform all the training with you in the town or city that you intend to take the test in.
TRAINING SCHOOLS ENSURE THAT ALL STUDENTS
Are able to practice all the manoeuvers you will be required to demonstrate in both modules of the test.
We'll maintain radio contact with you when on the road
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IMPROVE YOUR RIDING
Courses to enhance your skills
Designed to give you confidence and competence in a range of different riding and traffic conditions. From taking pillion passengers safely to passing advanced rider courses, each is designed to improve riding skills and confidence on the road.
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  • 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
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Rider Plus Courses
  • 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
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Using Motorways and Carrying Pillion Passengers Courses
  • 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
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Advanced Rider Courses
  • 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
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Assessments only
  • An impartial assessment of your motorcycling skills
  • A full report on your motorcycling skills
  • Understand your strengths and areas for improvement
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Diamond Advanced Training
  • 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
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Diamond Elite Training and Assessment
  • 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
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Blue Riband courses
  • 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
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DIAmond Advanced Motorcycle Training Courses
ALL DIAMOND ADVANCED RIDER COURSES ARE PERFECT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS WHO WISH TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS
Have a particular focus on defensive and eco riding techniques
For motorcyclists who ride for work and need an occupational road risk assessment
For motorcyclists who want become instructors or motorcycle commuters
For motorcyclists who want to develop their skills further
Diamond Advanced Training
Starts with a theory session and then moves onto practical sessions which are broken into different sections. These sections can be taken on the same day, or over multiple days and times that are convenient for the student and instructor. Once students reach the required standard, a test will be taken

Tests are conducted by a different trainer/examiner as soon as possible after training has been completed.
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Diamond Advanced training tests take around 1 hour to complete and cover a route of around 16 – 24 miles in which the student will need to demonstrate their skills in a variety of road and traffic conditions, including motorways where possible. Assessment is based on machine control throughout a number of manoeuvres relevant to the vehicle used in the test and eco-safe driving techniques.
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DIAmond Elite Training
Spans a day and a half, beginning with a short theory and discussion session that covers the various techniques you will practice. The rest of the day will be taken up with assessments and demonstration rides covering around 150 – 180 miles.
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There will be numerous stops for road debriefs
And the day is broken down into sections, each following on from the previous in a logical manner.
Finish times are dependent on the progress you make
Over the course of the day, weather conditions and your own enthusiasm for riding.
Depending on the standard you reach throughout the training
Your test will take place the next day, or as soon as possible after you have completed the training.
TESTS ARE CARRIED OUT BY A DIFFERENT INSTRUCTOR OR EXAMINER
Tests take around 2 hours to complete. At the end, you'll be given a written report on your performance and if you pass, a certificate to show your new qualification will be awarded.
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You'll need a current Advanced rider qualification to take the DIAmond Elite Training
Rider Plus Courses
Whether you've just passed your CBT and want to sharpen your skills before you sit the test for a full licence or have been riding for years and want to become a better motorcycle rider than you are, this course is designed to help you develop your skills further with impartial and helpful advice and expert tuition.
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Rider Plus courses are designed to improve your skills
Your observation, planning, machine control and hazard perception skills will be enhanced, in turn helping you to reduce errors and the likelihood of causing an accident or being involved in one.
ALL OF OUR RIDER PLUS COURSES ARE DELIVERED BY DVSA APPROVED INSTRUCTORS
Who will apply their years of experience and knowledge of training test candidates for improving your motorcycle riding skills
Classes are kept intentionally small
No more than two students per instructor – to ensure each participant receives the optimal level of support and attention throughout the course
FURTHERING YOUR SKILLS
Using Motorways and Carrying
Pillion Passengers Courses

Joining and leaving motorways

Normal motorway riding and filtering

Motorways and road markings

First Aid

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

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Enhanced Rider Scheme

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.

This course designed for:
Motorcyclists who have recently obtained their licence
Riders who are returning to the road after a break or want to move up to a more powerful motorcycle
Riders who just want an impartial check of their motorcycling skill level
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Blue Riband Advanced Rider Training Courses
Blue Riband Advanced Rider Training from the British Motorcyclist Federation (BMF) is endorsed by the DVSA and aims to help experienced motorcyclists improve their skills and technique to further their enjoyment of motorcycling. Blue Riband Advanced Rider training is delivered on a one to one basis only and can only be given by BMF-certified instructors.
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Enhanced safety to improve motorcycle riding enjoyment is the number one focus of the Blue Riband Advanced Rider courses.
A perspective of THINK about why and what motorcyclists are doing when they are riding is taken; this approach enables riders to develop healthy self-criticism that enables them to recognise their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to motorcycle riding.
Blue Riband courses are quite intensive and riders should have spent some time before taking one of their courses studying
a copy of Motorcycle Roadcraft. Motorcycles used for the courses must be capable of coping with the speed and distances travelled. A minimum power output of 33bhp is strongly recommended so students are able to maintain progress at the national speed limit for both A roads and motorways as well as being able to overtake quickly when required.
Students must have held a full A motorcycle licence for a minimum of 6 months and preferably taken a Rider Plus
or Enhanced Rider Scheme course before enrolling for one of the Blue Riband Advanced Rider courses.
Concentrated Blue Riband Advanced Rider training
Covers a day and a half starting with a theory session that will encompass discussion about the range of techniques you will practice in the practical elements.
Practical elements include demonstration and assessment rides. Each element will include stops throughout for road debriefs. The finish time is dependent on your progress through the day, weather and your enthusiasm over the course of the day.
Once you have reached the required standard of riding, the Blue Riband Assessment will be booked (usually for the following day, or as soon as possible after you have competently completed the training). Assessments are carried out by a different instructor/examiner and last for around one hour. Once completed a comprehensive report on your performance covering machine control, information gathering, psychological, judgment, junctions and road craft elements of your motorcycle riding skills will be given to you. A copy of this report is also sent to the BMF who will issue your certificate along with a pin badge, bike sticker, wallet card and full 12-month membership to the BMF. Your certification is valid for three years. Concentrated Blue Riband Advanced Rider Training costs £250.00 all-inclusive.
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Standard Blue Riband Advanced Rider training
Starts with a theory session, similar to the concentrated Blue Riband Advanced Rider training course. Practical sessions include the same content as the concentrated training, however, these are held at times convenient to the student and instructor. Once you have reached the required skill level an assessment is carried out as close to the completion of the training as possible in the same manner detailed for the concentrated Blue Riband training course.
Standard Blue Riband Advanced Rider training course fees are dependent on how quickly students progress through each element but are generally around the same cost as the concentrated courses.
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Assessments for the Blue Riband Advanced Rider Training can be booked separately for £80.00
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Instructor Training
Phoenix Motorcycle Training offer two instructor training courses that will help you qualify as a certified or DVSA recognised motorcycle instructor.
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WHAT THE RIDING INSTRUCTOR
COURSES GIVE YOU
Courses enhance your enjoyment and teach you how to escalate safety on the road for other riders
Qualify you to become a DVSA qualified ERS or CBT motorcycle instructor
All instructor courses are taught at low student to instructor ratios (2:1)
ERS Motorcycle Instructors Courses

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
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ELCAS Approved Motorcycle Instructor Training

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
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ELCAS Approved Motorcycle Instructor Training

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.

This course designed for:
Motorcyclists who wish to share their love of riding with new students.
People over the age of 21 who have held a full category A motorcycle licence for three years or more.
Motorcyclists who want to work as motorcycle riding trainers or open their own motorcycle training school
Phoenix Motorcycle Training provides
Flexible training to suit individual requirements
Years of training experience
Low student to trainer ratios (2:1)
A choice of qualification levels
DVSA and BTEC qualified instructor
All training and reference materials for the course
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Training is carried out over a seven day period at our centre in Amesbury, Wiltshire and depending on how you progress; further tuition may be required before you apply for your assessment at Cardington.
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.
ERS Motorcycle Instructor Courses
Training to become an Enhanced Rider Scheme Instructor who is recognised by the DVSA requires a special test to ensure your motorcycle riding skills are of the highest standard.
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The Enhanced Rider Scheme is designed by The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and lets motorcyclists have their riding skills checked by a DVSA approved trainer to help them become safer riders and get more from their motorcycling. To take the course, you will need to have an advanced motorcycle qualification (IAM, RoSPA or DIAmond) and you will need to take an advanced theory test. The ERS Motorcycle Instructor course takes 5 days to complete and covers the full ERS syllabus. This course is approved by the DVSA and will enable you to join the RPMT (Register of Post Test Motorcycle Trainers).
There are 7 core modules to the ERS course and throughout we focus on your ability for training students in a structured planned approach to riding, understand defensive riding and hazard awareness, progress and use of speed, overtaking and filtering, bends and corners, slow control, developing the correct rider attitude. The majority of the course material is based on Motorcycle Roadcraft. You will need to obtain a copy of this before the course starts.
The course also covers the delivery of training in many of the 12 extra modules:
Effective braking techniques
Riding for work: delivery or courier
Biker Down and accident scene management
Filtering (advanced level)
Riding abroad
Motorcycle maintenance and machine awareness
Motorways and dual carriageways
Blood bikers
Mobile phones, GPS, sat nav and Bluetooth
Carrying a passenger or load
Group riding
Training in alternative environments
THIS COURSE IS DESIGNED FOR:
THE 5-DAY COURSE COSTS £900 INC. VAT AND ALL NECESSARY EQUIPMENT
Motorcycle instructors who wish to teach advanced riding courses.
Motorcyclists who wish to reach the highest standard of motorcycling skill.
Qualified advanced motorcycle instructors who want to join the Register of Post-test Motorcycle Trainers
Course: INSTRUCTOR TRAINING
  • DVSA and BTEC qualified instructor
  • Low student to trainer ratios (2:1)
  • All training and reference materials for the course included
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Course Pricing
Training is carried out over a seven day period at our centre in Amesbury, Wiltshire and depending on how you progress; further tuition may be required before you apply for your assessment at Cardington.

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.