cbt information

CBT Information

Whether you want to ride a moped, scooter or motorcycle, the first step in your journey will be a CBT course.  The aim of the CBT course is to make sure you have the skills, knowledge and understanding to go out on the road, on your own. It is also designed to help you prepare for a full motorcycle test if you choose to take one.

What can I ride with a CBT?  What do I need?
If you are 16 – 17 years old you can ride a  moped up to 50cc or 4kW with a speed range
of 25km/h to 45km/h (15.5mph to 28mph) 
To be at least 16 years old
Hold a provisional driving licence
If you are aged 17 years old or above you can ride a scooter or motorcycle up to 125cc or 11kW    To be 17 years old or above and hold a full or provisional driving licence with the correct “Category A” entitlement (A or AM)
Once you have a CBT certificate you will be able to ride on the road but must display L plates and you cannot carry passengers or ride on motorways.  The certificate is valid for 2 years.


MCIA RIDE Industry Approved motorcycle training schools employ experienced and highly trained instructors who will provide you with valuable practical advice during your course, so take the opportunity to learn as much as you can.

There isn’t a test or exam in CBT training courses and no set timescale to complete. You should only move from one training element to another when you and your instructor are happy that you have learnt the theory and completed the practical skills to a safe level.

Don’t be worried if your course takes longer than a day, your instructor will only sign you off when they are satisfied you are safe to ride unaccompanied on the road.
What is included in a CBT?

There are five elements included in your CBT which are delivered in a classroom environment, on a training area, and on the public highway.

1.    Element A - introduction
2.    Element B - practical on-site training
3.    Element C - practical on-site riding
4.    Element D - practical on-road training
5.    Element E - practice on-road riding*


Your MCIA RIDE training school will ensure that you receive the correct amount of on-road training *on-road riding lasts for a minimum of 2 hours (this is a legal requirement).

CBT Gear Conversion

If you complete a CBT on an automatic moped, scooter or motorcycle and then choose to move to a geared machine we recommend you speak to a MCIA RIDE Industry Approved training school about a gear conversion course.

The geared conversion course will allow you to return to a safe training environment with an experienced instructor to learn how to use the gears on a motorcycle correctly. The effective use of gears is critical to safe riding, machine control and fuel economy. These sessions can be between 1-2 hours depending on your personal requirements. Prices will vary across the country.

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