Down Trained Motorcycle Instructor


A Certificate is issued by the ATB where the Down Trained Motorcycle Instructor works.


This can be in-house or external training to gain knowledge and experience.

An ATB can issue a Down Trained Motorcycle Instructor certificate. This means the instructor can only deliver CBT’s for that training school.


  • Learners on mopeds and up to 125cc motorcycles

  • CBT and On-Road Training in preparation for category A1 motorcycle test on smaller powered motorcycles

The first step

The first step on the ladder for instructors usually starts as a Down Trained Motorcycle Instructor.

This means that a trainer has a certificate issued to them by an Approved Training Body (ATB). Instructors can only conduct motorcycle training for that training school.

Down Trained Motorcycle Instructors can only train learner riders on smaller powered motorbikes. They can conduct CBT courses and on-road training on motorcycles not exceeding 125cc.

A lengthy process

For new trainers to gain the qualification as a Down Trained Motorcycle Instructor, they must undergo thorough instructor training.

There are various routes to becoming qualified.

A common and lengthy way is by going to a local training school every week to observe qualified instructors delivering CBT courses. This method is widely used and can take a long time.

It does not give a new motorcycle trainer the necessary skills to become an instructor, as they only learn from watching courses being conducted. Because of this, the process can stretch out and take many months.

Another way to become qualified, is by attending a bespoke residential course, so that trainers receive dedicated instructor training. This will teach them all the lessons that must be conducted during CBT.

Down Trained Motorcycle Instructor Training Course

Prior knowledge of the CBT is advised before taking an intensive course. Because it can be demanding and an information overload for new trainers.

This course will not always give the necessary experience to qualify as a Down Trained instructor, however it can a good foundation..

A structured approach is essential

Having structured Lesson Plans is essential for starting off in the right direction. This is because Lesson Plans are the instructors guide to what and how to teach.

Far too often trainers are allowed to start teaching before they are properly ready. This can be a challenge for both new motorcycle trainer and student, not to mention the elevated risk to the learner rider. 

Motorcycle Instructors must be fully and properly prepared before they are permitted to train learner riders.

Trainee instructors are not allowed to teach learner riders on their own. This is because they are not qualified and not insured if anything go wrong.

A suggested way to start teaching is to deliver lessons to qualified instructors prior to becoming qualified. Because this method would eliminate inexperienced trainers casually being ‘given a go’ at teaching a lesson to students.

Delivering to a qualified trainer first, ensures mistakes can be highlighted with guidance and development to improve lesson content and delivery methods.

Don’t rush!

Becoming ready and fully prepared is not a quick and easy process. Trainee instructors must fully understand methods of instruction and the different ways of delivering lessons. As a result, the lesson delivery types to learn are:

1. Classroom based lessons
2. Practical skills during off-road training
3. Instruction given by radio during practical on-road riding

NB. Instructors can hold more than one DVSA CBT1 training certificate. This allows them to work at the training school where the certificate was issued.