As a Down Trained Motorcycle Instructor you can only train learner riders on smaller powered motorcycles. You can conduct CBT courses and on-road training on motorcycle not exceeding 125cc.
Your qualification is known as a CBT1 certificate
Far too often trainers are allowed to start teaching before they are ready. This can be a challenge for both new motorcycle trainers and students, not to mention the elevated risk to the learner rider.
Trainee instructors are not allowed to teach learner riders on their own. This is because they are not qualified and not insured if anything goes wrong.
A suggested way to start teaching is to deliver lessons to qualified instructors whilst undergoing training. This method of guidance will 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.
Even if you are a Down Trained Instructor you must not rush to become a DVSA Assessed trainer. Having experience and being ready for the next step takes time.
You must fully understand methods of instruction and the different ways of delivering lessons to your students.
Lesson delivery types that must be understood are:
It can be demanding and an information overload for you as a new trainer.
This course will not always give the necessary experience to qualify as a Down Trained instructor, however, it is a brilliant foundation.
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 you a long time.
It does not give a you the necessary skills to become an instructor, as you only learn from watching courses being conducted. As a result, this process can stretch out and take many months.
Another way to become qualified, is by attending a bespoke residential course, so that you receive dedicated instructor training. This will teach you all the lessons that must be conducted during a CBT course.