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Routes to Becoming a DVSA Assessed CBT Instructor

CBT Motorcycle Instructor

There are various training routes to become a DVSA Assessed CBT Motorcycle Instructor. 


The Usual Way

The usual way is for a Down Trained instructor to work for an ATB for a period of time. This allows them to gain valuable knowledge and experience. When they are ready, they book a DVSA assessment.

The Alternative Route

An alternative route is to attend a residential and bespoke instructor training course. This route provides instructors with an intensive training course to develop their delivery and ‘train the trainer’ skills when down training other instructors. 

Preparation is the key to success

You are strongly advised to have Lesson Plans for every lesson in the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) syllabus. This will give you the foundations to consistently deliver thorough lessons. It also gives you a training plan and guide when down training other instructors.

Training Diagrams for every on road training lesson, will help you to explain and demonstrate what changes should be made to your students riding. A picture paints a thousand words and prevents confusion and misunderstandings during the road ride training sessions.

There is a higher risk of failure if you have limited knowledge and experience.

Aim high to deliver DAS

Once you have completed your DVSA assessment, the next step is to become a DAS Instructor. This will give you more variety in the training you deliver and you gain full qualification.

You will then be able to train learner riders from CBT to full test, teaching Mod 1 and Mod 2 training and take students you have taught to their motorcycle test.

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Being fully prepared

It is essential for you to put yourself through a rigorous training process. The low pass rate is because many trainers attend the DVSA assessment prematurely and under-prepared.

Assessment Preparation

A lack of experience also increases your likelihood of failure. You should keep a training record and use a step by step guide to develop your own lesson plans and training delivery.

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Developing new teaching skills:

You will need to learn how to deliver high performance lessons. You must understand Methods of Instruction to ensure your Lesson Plans and training delivery are perfect.

Training the Trainer

Expert Guidance

To ensure a successful assessment, you 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.
Lesson Plans and Training Diagrams form part of your training aids.

A Higher Level of Skill

Training other trainers demand a higher level of skill. Role-play and practice are imperative to develop another instructor's ability. You must know the subject well and have a thorough understanding of different methods of teaching, this enables you to train other trainers.

Teaching Learners on Larger Bikes

You must complete the Direct Access Scheme (DAS) assessment before you can train learner riders on larger powered motorcycles.

Different ways of delivering lessons

Classroom based theory sessions

Teaching practical skills during on-site training

Giving instruction by radio, during practical on-road training

Note for DVSA Assessed Instructors

After you have successfully completing the DVSA assessment, you can open you own Motorcycle Training School (Approved Training Body). You can also start to prepare for your DAS assessment.

Qualification Process


CBT Instructor Qualification Route

- Prepare for and book your assessment
- Attend the two day CBT Instructor assessment
- Pass the DVSA Assessment

DVSA Assessment Process

- Deliver classroom based lesson for Element A and D
- Teach the examiner how to ride as if they were learner riders
- Deliver on road practical training on the public road
- Develop and down train other instructors - Train the trainer

Once Qualified, You Can Train:

- 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
- Prepare for your DAS assessment