DVSA Assessed Instructor

CBT Motorcycle Instructor

Routes to Becoming a CBT Instructor

There are different routes to becoming a DVSA Assessed CBT Motorcycle Instructor. The usual way is for a Down Trained instructor to work for an ATB for a period of time first. This allows them to gain valuable knowledge and experience. When ready, they book a DVSA assessment.

Being fully prepared is essential for instructors to put themselves through this process. The low pass rate is because many trainers attend prematurely and under prepared. A lack of experience also increases the likelihood of an unsuccessful attempt. Instructors should have undertaken a thorough personal training plan, in order to prepare for this assessment.

Preparation is the key to success. Potential instructors are advised to have Lesson Plans and Training Diagrams for every lesson in the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) syllabus. This takes time to develop and should be done whilst learning to become an instructor. There is a higher risk of failure if new trainers have limited knowledge and experience.

DVSA Cardington Assessed Motorcycle Instructor Training Course

Train the Trainer

To ensure a successful assessment, Instructors must fully understand how to train other instructors. This means guiding trainee instructors to a position where they can deliver a CBT as a Down Trained Instructor.

Training other trainers demands a higher level of skill. Role-play and practice are imperative to develop another instructors ability. Trainers must know the subject matter and have a thorough understanding of different methods of teaching.

It is not an easy process. Instructors must understand Methods of Instruction before training others.

Different ways of delivering lessons during a CBT are:

  • Classroom based theory sessions
  • Teaching practical skills during on-site training
  • Giving instruction by radio, during practical on-road training

DVSA Assessed CBT Motorcycle Instructor Training.


NB: After successfully completing this assessment, Instructors can open their own Motorcycle Training School (Approved Training Body).

Trainers must complete the Direct Access Scheme (DAS) assessment, before they can train learner riders on larger machines.


Qualification Process

CBT Instructor Qualification Route

  • DVSA Assessed CBT Motorcycle Instructor
  • Pass the DVSA Assessment 

DVSA Assessment Process

  • Deliver selected lessons from Elements A-E
  • Demonstrate how to develop and down train other instructors

Who You Can Train When Qualified

  • Learners on mopeds and motorcycles up to 125cc
  • CBT and On-Road Training in preparation for the A1 motorcycle test on smaller powered motorcycles
  • Qualified to Down-Train other motorcycle instructors