Compulsory Basic Training    

Obtaining your C.B.T. is a legal requirement. It will enable you to ride your motorcycle on public roads as a learner. This course introduces you to basic riding skills and roadcraft and will form the heart of all your future training.


CBT: 189
Including bike hire and insurance.

On a CBT full payment is required at time of booking. We require 10 days notice for a cancellation or for rescheduling. Failing to provide 10 working days notice or to attend a booked class will mean you will not be issued a refund and are liable for any remaining course fees. Any voucher issued must be used within 12 months.

You must arrive on time to your course, if you are over 10 mins late your instructor may have to leave without you. If so, this day will be lost and it will not be rearranged free of charge.

Information about CBT training

What is CBT?

CBT stands for compulsory basic training. Compulsory basic training (CBT) was introduced in 1990 to help reduce the very high accident rate among inexperienced motorcyclists. CBT must be completed before a learner moped or motorcycle rider is allowed to ride on the road with L-plates or D-plates in Wales..

What happens on the day?

The CBT course involves five elements:

A. introduction
B. practical on-site training
C. practical on-site riding
D. practical on-road training
E. practical on-road riding

The five elements have to be completed in sequence, although the order of the exercises within the element can be varied. You will receive your CBT certificate at the end of element 'E' if your instructor is satisfied you have learnt the necessary theory and demonstrated the practical skills to a safe basic level.

Helmets and gloves are supplied free of charge. If you haven't got proper motorcycle clothing we advise you wear jeans or strong trousers, flat boots (remember you need to feel the controls with your feet on a geared bike), and wear a sturdy jacket.

What qualification do I get after the CBT course is completed ?

Certificate of completion (DL 196)
When all five elements of the CBT course have been satisfactorily completed, a certificate of completion, called the DL196, is issued. This is a legal document which validates the relevant entitlements on your driving licence.

It is important that the holder of a DL196 considers the following points:

A DL196 certificate entitlement lasts for two years - CBT will have to be retaken if both theory and practical tests are not passed within the two year certificate life, no expiry reminders are issued.
For moped entitlement only, if you pass your car driving test whilst your DL196 is still current or complete a CBT course and obtain a DL196 after passing your car test, the certificate is not subject to expiry, you will therefore need to keep your DL196 certificate safe. Please note that this applies to mopeds only, for riding motorcycles as a learner the DL196 remains valid for two years.
Once you have your certificate you are advised to take additional training to pass your theory and practical tests and qualify for a motorcycle or moped licence. You must take the DL196 certificate with you when you go to your practical test.

Approved training bodies

Only instructors certified by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) can teach CBT at an approved training body (ATB). ATBs must have instructors who have successfully completed a two day assessment and have sites approved by DSA for off-road training.

After completing your CBT, which normally takes a full day, you will then be able to ride a moped, scooter, or motorcycle up to 125cc (not exceeding 14.6bhp) on the road. Please note, you need to be 17 or over to ride a machine over 49cc. At 16 years of age you are limited to riding a moped (this will be 49cc or less, limited to 28mph and can be either automatic or geared) You will still be subject to learner restrictions, for example you cannot carry passengers and must display L plates front and rear (D plates in Wales). On successful completion of your CBT you can continue training on a 125cc motorcycle or scooter until you pass your test, or if you are 19 or over you can continue your training on a larger motorcycle.


Here is a video of what happens on your CBT