Are there different paths to becoming a motorcycle training instructor, just as there are different paths to getting a motorcycle licence?

Yes – down-training and completing a range of instructor training courses and successfully passing the associated assessments are the two ways to become a qualified motorcycle training instructor. Sitting the instructor courses and then taking the relevant assessments is pretty straight forward, and you can check our instructor training courses here.

Down-training, on the other hand, is less well known and involves working directly with a motorcycle approved training body (ATB) and being trained there by a DVSA assessed instructor. Becoming a motorcycle training instructor via the down-training route enables you train at the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) level only and only within the ATB that trained you. Of course, you can then go on to take the DVSA assessment to enable you to take your CBT trainer qualification elsewhere or to take further training and assessments that will allow you to instruct on Direct Access Scheme courses and Enhanced skills courses.