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Compulsory Basic Training

Delivering Safety & Quality

CBT Instructor Training

For new CBT Motorcycle Instructor Training Instructors, the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course can be demanding. There are many different components to a CBT Course, so learning correctly with a structured approach is important.

Be Prepared

Instructors must be fully prepared and ready to train before being allowed to teach learner riders.

Safefy First

Customer safety is paramount, instructors must be able to gauge learner rider’s ability and keep them within their own safe learning level.

Motorcycle Instructor Training Riding on the Compulsory Basic Training

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. In-depth subject knowledge is imperative when presenting lessons.

In a classroom environment during off-site training


Teaching practical skills and developing knowledge during on-site training


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

Practice Makes Perfect

Full Understanding

Understanding the methods of instruction and practising lesson delivery is vital to becoming a proficient trainer. Therefore instructors should be confident in their manner and delivery to instil trust and confidence in their students.

A Well Presented Lesson Plan

It is important to know the lesson plan format during the Explanation phase and practical delivery. Trainers must also be able to give accurate and precise Demonstrations.

A well-presented lesson will reduce questions if all relevant information has been disseminated, leading to fewer mistakes with less stressed trainees.

Knowledge of Fault Analysis

Knowing and understanding fault analysis and giving necessary remedial action advice is key to a successful outcome for both instructor and student.

On-Road Motorcycle Training

Trainers need to be fully prepared to become qualified. There are three areas that the examiner assesses.

Training on the road can be the most demanding with novice riders. Instructors must communicate accurately and clearly to trainees, in a calm and relaxed manner.

Unlike ADI’s (car instructors) there are no dual controls. The trainee must not be allowed onto the road if there is any doubt regarding their ability.

Instructors must use precise and limited instruction so as not to confuse the trainee. Under or overuse of verbal instruction on the radio can be overwhelming for learner riders.

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The Legalities


Training Ratio

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

Order of Teaching

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

Struggling Students

Students who struggle with on-site exercises must not progress to on-road riding if they can’t achieve a satisfactory standard.
Only If satisfactory

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.

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

If a student 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

Full List Of CBT Lessons

Element A

Element B

Element C

Element D

Element E