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Down Trained Motorcycle Instructor

Who you can Train & your Qualification

This is only the First Step

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

Down Trained Instructors

Your Down Trained certificate is issued by the Approved Training Body (ATB) where you work. You can only conduct motorcycle training for that training school with your instructor certificate.

Your next goal

Once you are on the ladder, your next goal will be to become a DVSA Assessed instructor. This is your stepping stone to become a fully qualified DAS Instructor.

Having professional training aids will give you confidence and knowledge.


As a Down Trained motorcycle instructor you can hold up to four DVSA CBT1 certificates. This allows you to work at multiple training schools, from where certificates are issued.

It is not common to hold more than one Instructor Certificate as ATBs consider this a conflict of interest.

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A Structured Approach is Essential

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

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.

Don't Rush - Preparation is key

Getting ready to become a trainer and being prepared to teach learner riders, is not a quick and easy process.

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:

The ROUTEs TO Qualification

Becoming a Down Trained Instructor

Intensive Courses

Prior knowledge of the CBT is advised before taking an intensive course.

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.


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 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.

Information for Down Trained Instructors



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

You Can Train

Once qualified, you can train learners on mopeds and 125cc motorcycles

A1 Preparation

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

Assessment Process

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

ATB Certificate

ATB's can issue a Down Trained Instructor certificate. The instructor can only deliver CBT’s for that training school