The CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) is a full days training which all learner motorcycle and moped riders must complete before riding on the road. If you have completed a 'taster session' prior to undertaking a full CBT course and still require extra training to complete the modules of the course, then we shall provide up to three hours further training at no further cost should it be required. It is a full day split in to various modules (see below) and our instructors will  go at your pace to complete the course.

At the age of 16 you can use a 50cc moped for the CBT and once obtained the CBT lasts for 2 years, meaning that when you turn 17 you may ride a 50cc moped or 125cc machine. We suggest that you take a couple of further hours training to adapt to a geared machine if this is going to be the machine of your choice.

At the age of 17 or above you can complete the CBT on a 125cc machine.

In addition, holders of a full car licence obtained on or after 1st February, 2001 must complete a CBT if they wish to validate the full moped entitlement on their driving licence.

After obtaining a CBT certificate you can ride on road with your respective engine size while displaying L plates.  The CBT certificate lasts for 2 years. If you have not passed your test then you will need to renew your CBT certificate every two years and undertake another course.

You can be fined up to £1,000 and get up to 6 penalty points for riding if you don’t have a valid CBT certificate.

When you don’t need to take CBT

You don’t have to take CBT if you:

  • want to ride a moped (up to 50cc) and you passed your car driving test before 1 February 2001
  • want to ride a motorcycle and have a full moped licence from passing a moped test since 1 December 1990
  • have a full motorcycle licence for one category and want to upgrade to another
  • live and ride on some offshore islands

your cbt course::::


ELEMENT A: introduction

For the introduction we will explain the course in detail so that you can understand what is expected during the day and also discuss equipment and clothing. We will also check your eyesight. ________________________________________________________________________________________

ELEMENT B: Practical on site riding

We will show you all of the controls on the machine and explain what they do. We will also discuss basic safety checks on the machine and start to use the machine by wheeling it and braking to a stop. We will finish this section when we are able to start and stop the engine of the machine. ________________________________________________________________________________________

ELEMENT C: on site riding

We will now begin to ride the machine getting you to use the controls effectively.  Once you're moving and after some practice we will progress to manoeuvres such as the figure of 8, slow riding , etc. We will complete the section by explaining the procedure for left and right turns. You will have plenty of time to demonstrate these exercises in the safe environment of the yard.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ________________________________________________________________________________________

EleMent D: On-road training

Once you are confident using the bike in the off road area we will then explain the legal requirements you must be aware of to take the machine on the road. We will also discuss a number of different subject headings that we should be aware of when riding on the road. We'll take a look at the Highway Code and give some valuble tips to keep you safe and ready for road riding.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ________________________________________________________________________________________

ELEMENT E: on road riding

Finally we will get you out on the road so that we can get you the experience that you have been training for. Providing that you are safe and confident on the road the instructor will then complete your CBT certificate (DL196).                                                


For a full breakdown of the cbt course click on the link below:

or take a look at the DVSA video telling you what a CBT is all about:

After you’ve completed CBT, you can ride a:

  • moped if you’re 16 or over
  • motorcycle up to 125cc and with a power output of up to 11kW if you’re 17 or over

You must use L plates (L or D plates in Wales).

You must pass your full moped or motorcycle test within 2 years, or you have to either take CBT again or stop riding.

You can be fined up to £1,000 and get up to 6 penalty points for riding if you don’t have a valid CBT certificate.


The cost of a CBT course is £115 in the week and £125 at weekends. If two or more places are booked at the same time then we will apply a £10 discount per person per CBT course booked. 

If telephoning to book we take a 50% non refundable deposit at the time of booking using credit/debit card to secure your booking appointment.  Booking lines.

You can also book your CBT course on line by clicking on the link below. Following receipt of your on line booking we shall then contact you on the details that you provide with available dates so that you can complete your training. After making your booking please e mail us your contact telephone number so that we can get back in touch with you to arrange a course date.

CBT course
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