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Just Starting Out

Who you can Train & Your Qualification

Here's Where Your Journey Begins

For new instructors who are just starting out, the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course can be demanding.
We’re here to help ensure you have all the resources you need to get you to your destination.

Choosing the right route

You must choose the right path to start your motorcycle instructor training. Intensive courses or ad hoc training must be accompanied with professional training material.

CBT Instructors

As a New CBT instructor who is just starting out, you must be fully prepared and ready to train before being allowed to teach learner riders.
It is vital to have the best foundations.

Types of Training Delivery

There are three different training phases when delivering CBT Courses.

Delivering instruction in each of these categories takes time to develop and master.

If you are just starting out, make sure you learn the best techniques.


In a classroom environment during off-site training


Teaching practical skills and developing knowledge during on-site training


Giving instruction and guidance via radio link during practical on-road training


In-depth subject knowledge is imperative when presenting lessons, whether you are a long term trainer or just starting out.

It is important to have your own portfolio of training material. You will not remember it all and will need something to refer back to, until you are proficient at delivering lessons.

Practice Makes Perfect

Understanding Methods of Instruction and practicing lesson delivery is vital to becoming a professional trainer.

You must be confident in your manner and delivery to instil trust and confidence in your students.

Explanation phase

It is important to know the lesson plan format during the explanation phase and practical delivery. You must also be able to give accurate and precise demonstrations to students.


A well presented lesson will reduce questions if all the relevant information has been given. This will lead to fewer mistakes and less stressed trainees.

Fault Analysis

You must understanding fault analysis and how to give the necessary remedial advice. This is the key to successful for both you and your student.

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The Legalities


On Road & Off Road

The legal requirement for teaching learner riders during off-road training is a ratio of 4:1 and when conducting On-Road Training it is reduced to 2:1.

Satisfactory Standard

Students who struggle with on-site exercises must not progress to on-road riding if they can’t achieve a satisfactory standard. They will be required to attend further training to develop their skills.


Students must not be moved through their training if they have not grasped the previous lesson. CBT Elements must be taught in order as directed by the DVSA.

Time on the road

The road ride part of the CBT must be a minimum duration of 2 hours. This does not set the skills and produce good riders, more time will be necessary.

Compulsory Basic Training Certificate (DL196)

Once Compulsory Basic Training has been completed to the satisfaction of the trainer,
a DL196 (CBT Certificate) can be issued to the trainee.

Safe & Satisfactory

If a student who is just starting out does not meet the necessary standard, they must return to complete further training.

They must be able to demonstrate a safe and satisfactory riding standard to be able to ride unaccompanied on the road.

L Plates Must Be Displayed

When a DL196 is issued, a learner rider can ride a moped (16 years or older) or a motorcycle up to 125cc (17 years or older).

They must display L-Plates to the front and rear of their motorcycle, cannot carry pillion passengers and are not permitted to ride on the motorway.

Full List of CBT Lessons